Intelligent Programmable Metering Pump

Modern metering pumps and dispensers are highly advanced, and have come a long way since the basic reciprocating piston metering pumps. The latest generation of pumps are built to be intelligent and programmable, to provide increased control as well as increased feedback on performance and processes.

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The Advantages of an Intelligent Programmable Metering Pump

While standard metering pumps are still technologically advanced, the Intelligent Programmable Metering Pump from Fluid Metering Inc. provides some distinct advantages. In addition to the wide speed range of 10 to 1200 RPM, along with a flow rate of 25 microliters per minute up to 240 milliliters per minute these advantages include:

  • 5 programmable inputs and 2 programmable outputs
  • Application configurable so you can mix and match inputs and outputs
  • Multiple programming platforms supported, including Visual Basic and C++
  • Display comprehensive data for monitoring, recording, and tracking
  • CANopen protocol supported
  • EtherCAT communication possible with optional extension module
  • Increased flexibility within a system

On top of these advantages, our pumps at FMI are known for quiet operation, known to be free of vibration that can affect your system, are energy efficient, and run cool to reduce heat buildup.

Applications for Intelligent Programmable Metering Pumps

Programmable metering pumps can be used anywhere where you may use a standard metering pump, but they do allow for increased control. These pumps are perfect for use in:

  • Medical – Dispensing solvents, lubricants and adhesives for disposable medical component assembly, as well as, dispensing reagents for diagnostic test kit packaging.
  • Laboratory – Automated laboratory fluid & sample handling for analytical instrumentation
  • Pharmaceutical – Low & micro-volume production dispensing into vials, ampules, & syringes; sterilization chemical metering; dissolution system chemical addition
  • Industrial & Process – Nutrient, flavor, and preservative addition, as well as dispensing aseptic packaging agents for food processing; performance additives for petroleum production; chemical metering for pilot plants

Here at Fluid Metering, we produce not only some of the most reliable and efficient Programmable Metering Pumps on the market, but we have 55 years of experience in the field. This means we can quickly, efficiently, and accurately develop a plan for your pump needs, and help to put it into action. We will utilize our comprehensive, searchable database to match your application to our pumps and systems, matching up your details to a tee. So get in touch with us today to find out about seeing the Intelligent Programmable Metering Pump in action in your system!

Valveless Metering to Help Combat Toxic Algae Blooms

Algae is a natural part of our world, its genus comprises organisms that vary from small, singled-celled forms to complex multicellular entities. Algae is prolific and can be found in most environments, from freshwater to hot springs, highly acidic fluids, even snow and ice. Normally, algae serve an important purpose in aquatic life by providing organic matter at the base of the food chain and by producing oxygen. However, toxic algae can form and create Harmful Algal Blooms or HABs which grow and thrive in warm, calm, nutrient-rich water. Under these conditions, the algae bloom produce toxins, which can be harmful to people, animals, fisheries, and wreak havoc on entire ecosystems. One of the main sources that contribute to HABs is the effluent produced by wastewater treatment plants. The effluent contains high levels of ammonia, which through a process of bacterial degradation is converted to nitrates. Many wastewater treatment plants use a process known as “denitrification”, in which nitrates are reduced to nitrogen gas. The gas can then be vented into the atmosphere instead of being released into waterways.  There are several common denitrification processes, including pre-treatment basins, aeration tanks, and blowers. However, one of the most cost-effective options is with the use of methanol.

Methanol is most commonly known as a fuel, but it’s also highly prized by industry for the many methanol derivatives that it’s used to make. Methanol is a volatile; it’s colorless, flammable, and biodegradable, and in wastewater applications it acts as the carbon source that breaks down the nitrates.

Because of its volatility, wastewater treatment facilities that use methanol will also need to select metering pumps that are specially designed monitoring to dispense the chemical. They must have features such as chemical compatibility of wetted parts and electrical ratings for the area where the pump is being installed.

Ideally suited for the metering of methanol and many other chemicals is our CeramPump® line of valveless metering pumps. This innovative product has only one moving part and is constructed from inert and corrosion resistant ceramic parts, which provides a number of advantages. It is highly reliable and extremely precise, with an output variation of only ±1% of set value. This level of precision makes CeramPump® well suited to the low flow volume requirements in industrial and wastewater treatment applications.

To learn more about our CeramPump® valveless metering pump, visit our website and how it can help with your analytic instrumentation applications needs. We also post more industry news and company updates on our Twitter and LinkedIn.

Conquering the Challenges of Metering Concentrated Chemicals

Why metering highly concentrated chemicals are being used more frequently?

Various industries are seeing a dramatic increase in their use of high-concentration chemicals for countless different applications. For example, Pesticide & mosquito sprayers have found that the cost of transporting and storing large amounts of dilute malathion is significantly higher than shipping small concentrated volumes and diluting them on-site. The same is true for sodium hypochlorite, a disinfectant chemical used for water treatment, and industrial cleaning chemicals like the ones used in automatic car wash equipment. In most cases, users of dilute chemicals find that they are basically paying to ship and store large drums of chemicals that consist mostly of water.

The power generation industry also utilizes low-flow process metering of concentrated chemicals for many different applications, such as metering bromine into cooling towers for algae control, injecting hydrazine into boiler feed-lines for corrosion management, and more recently, a number of fuel cell fluidic applications.

However, metering chemicals at high concentrations comes with many challenges. As the concentration increases, the chemical feed rates must significantly decrease. At these low flows, the metering precision and long-term accuracy become more difficult to achieve. High-concentration chemicals typically have intensified corrosive properties to contend with as well.

The CeramPump® from Fluid Metering, Inc. having chemically inert, sapphire-hard ceramic internals can accommodate all of these application challenges. The valveless design, having only one moving part made of sapphire-hard ceramics, will maintain drift-free accuracy of better than 1% for millions of maintenance-free cycles, without the need for recalibration. These features make the CeramPump® ideal for low and micro-volume process applications. In addition, long-term drift-free accuracy makes the CeramPump® metering pumps especially suited for low flow process metering of concentrated chemicals applications. These chemical metering pumps are available in a variety of configurations ranging from simple lab pumps to complete programmable metering and dispensing systems, as well as many compact OEM designs for medical, analytical, and process instrumentation. Click on the video below to see how our pump works.

 

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