Fluid Metering Offers Video Assistance

At Fluid Metering, Inc. we have been dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality valveless metering pumps, and the best service for over 55 years.  Our metering pumps and dispensers are the industry standard for accuracy, precision, and durability, and are used for numerous applications in many industries.  To provide the best service for our customers we have created numerous videos that show how our products work, as well as offer technical support to assist you with any issues you may have.  Below are some examples.

Fluid Metering Technology Videos

This video is a 3D animation of how our valveless metering pumps work.  It shows the design and the components of the pump including the fact that it contains only one moving part which accomplishes all fluid control functions.   The video also highlights the sapphire-hard ceramic internals which are wear resistant and chemically inert.

The above video highlights the unique “One Pump Does It All” ability of our FMI CeramPump®.  This technology is the solution to a variety of fluid control requirements including aspirating, dispensing, and continuous metering.  Useful in applications including hydroponic farming and the medical and laboratory science fields, this pump will improve your accuracy and efficiency.

Precision is very important when it comes to metering pumps and dispensers.  Our products offer a high degree of accuracy for use in a wide range of medical, laboratory, analytical and industrial process applications.  In the above video we show an actual precision test that proves that Fluid Metering Technology is the best on the market.

Making sure the proper safety precautions are taken when operating a pump is essential.  In the above video our Fluid Metering Team member offers some safety precaution tips.  These include some of the safety clothing that should be worn and the checking of the MSDS manual for chemical information for the chemicals that will be used in the pump.

Tech Support Videos

Along with the above videos, the Fluid Metering Inc. website includes a section of tech support videos which demonstrate how to install a FMI pump head, how to replace piston pump lip seals, and how to identify the pumps serial number.  Our goal is to provide the best support for our customers, and along with these videos we also offer Live Chat Support for a direct connection to Fluid Metering’s experts.  For more information on how our products can meet your requirements please contact us.

Valveless Ceramic Pumps Provide Essential Nutrients for Hydroponic Farming

Most people know that plants are grown in soil to take full advantage of the nutrients available.  In some climates this is not possible, so alternative farming methods had to be created. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution that does not use soil.  Instead the root system is supported using an inert medium such as perlite, rockwool, clay pellets, peat moss or vermiculite. A constant flow of water must be delivered to the roots in this system and pumps are needed to accomplish this.

Crystallization Issues

The proprietary nutrient formulations used by hydroponic farmers contain a variety of minerals that tend to crystallize.  This can create problems in metering pump technologies that rely on check valves or flexible peristaltic tubing. Crystallization would eventually cause the check valves to fail and the hardened crystals would cause the elastomer tubing to break down. This would prevent vital nutrients reaching the plants which many times are unattended for several weeks at a time.

Valveless Ceramic Pumps

Valveless Pump Solution

The CeramPump Valveless Piston Pump from Fluid Metering, Inc. meets all the needs of the hydroponic farming industry.  It utilizes only one moving part in the fluid path which accomplishes both the pumping and valving functions, which eliminates check valves and the associated reliability and maintenance concerns.  The CeramPump also has internal components made of sapphire-hard ceramics which are chemical inert, dimensionally-stable and abrasion-resistant which limits the chance of pump failure.  To make sure that fluid crystallization is not an issue; the CeramPump is also available with a special wash gland feature which essentially isolates crystal forming fluids from the atmosphere.

FMI’s CeramPump has been successfully used in hydroponic farming for the growing of endives, which are grown unattended for 21 days in the dark.  Also flowering plants grown from bulbs are an additional area where FMI’s Valveless Piston pump can deliver nutrient and mineral enriched formulations accurately and maintenance free, even when left unattended for extended periods of time.

For more information on how FMI’s valveless metering pump technology can meet your hydroponic needs, please reach out to product specialist’s here.

Valveless Piston Pumps are Ideal for Hydrogen Peroxide Metering

At Fluid Metering, Inc. our valveless, ceramic metering pumps have proven to be reliable, useful pieces of machinery that are effective across a wide range of industries.  For applications that need a precise dose, over millions of repeating cycles, without regular need for repair or recalibration, the best choice available are our valveless ceramic metering pumps.

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Working with Hydrogen Peroxide

One area where our pumps excel is in metering concentrated hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is used across a variety of applications, including:

  • Use during the aseptic packaging process for a variety of foods and products
  • Low-temperature sterilization for clean rooms and hospital operating rooms
  • Component and instrument sterilization
  • Sporicidal activity
  • Cosmetic applications including hair and teeth bleaching
  • Production of sodium percarbonate and sodium perborate

Unreliable or imprecise metering of hydrogen peroxide can lead to issues.  These include failure to properly sterilize, or an overdose of hydrogen peroxide that could cause contamination.

Our pumps utilize a ceramic piston as the only moving part, meaning that it is the only moving part that is in contact with the fluid. We use ceramic because it is chemically inert and dimensionally stable, which ensures that over time it can withstand chemicals, as well as any wear and tear. The pumps use our CeramPump® pumping principle that uses the ceramic piston for both pumping and valving functions, allowing for a compact design that does not require check valves. This in turn reduces the need for maintenance, while allowing for the precision you require without a need for regular recalibration.

Of course, working with hydrogen peroxide is not the only way that our metering pumps can be used. At Fluid Metering, Inc., we provide a variety of pumps, available in a wide range of laboratory, production, process, and OEM instrumentation applications and can help you figure out the right pump for your need. Simple, complex, fixed, or variable, we can help you choose the correct equipment, including hazardous duty pumps.

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!

ISO 9001 Certification Proves Fluid Metering’s Commitment to Quality

To some people, when they see “ISO 9001” written somewhere, they’re seeing just a bunch of letters and numbers that don’t have any meaning to them. But, to those of us in business and manufacturing industries, and specifically in industries where valveless metering pumps and dispensers are used, that group of letters and numbers means so much more. “ISO 9001” is a quality management standard set by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). The ISO is “the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards,” according to the organization’s website.

As previously mentioned, ISO 9001 is a quality management standard and it’s part of the ISO 9000 “family.” But what exactly does this all mean? According to the ISO, it published its first quality management standard in 1987 and, almost three decades later, “standards in the ISO 9000 family have gone on to become some of the most well known and best selling standards.” Specifically, ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and, according to the ISO website, it “is the only standard in the family that can be certified to… It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity.”

Fluid Metering, Inc. is certified to ISO 9001:2008. Having this certification means a lot to us. We believe it also means a lot to our customers and prospective customers. We don’t just promote ourselves as a company that has quality management practices and standards in place – Fluid Metering quality standards are certified! ISO 9001 certification proves our commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality valveless metering pumps. We also provide exceptional customer service and technical support, the kind of service our customers know they can count on when they buy valveless metering pumps and dispensers from us.

As a supplier of metering pumps, OEM pumps for medical and analytical instrumentation, water treatment pumps, metering systems and other products, Fluid Metering’s conformity to ISO 9001 means that we’ve established a systematic approach to quality management to ensure that our customers’ needs are “clearly understood, agreed and fulfilled.” In fact, the purchasing report, ISO 9001 – What does it mean in the supply chain? says, “The objective of ISO 9001 is to provide a set of requirements that, if effectively implemented, will give you confidence that your supplier can consistently provide products and services that meet your needs and expectations and comply with applicable regulations.”

Learn more about Fluid Metering, Inc., the products we offer, our ISO 9001:2008 certification, and our commitment to quality by visiting our website, or by calling us at 1-800-223-3388.

“One Pump Does it All”

At Fluid Metering Inc., we strive to create quality products that will fulfill the needs of our customers.  Our pumps and dispensers are used for many applications including industrial automation, medical instrumentation, laboratory R&D, and water treatment.  One of the main reasons our products are used for these applications is their versatility.  Our FMI CeramPump® technology provides this versatility, and is the solution to a wide range of fluid control challenges. We have a “One Pump Does it All ” philosophy at Fluid Metering and can provide the results you need for your fluid control.

One dispenser and pump for all OEM applications is a reality with our CeramPump® technology.  With just one pump you can fulfill fluid control requirements such as aspirating, dispensing, continuous metering or a combination of all three, without having to switch or change your equipment.  The valveless syringing will both aspirate and dispense a sterile fluid without any contamination.  It can also flush and wash fluid at a rate of 0-2,000 ml / min.  The pump is capable of continuous dispensing and metering and can be programmed to the dispensing rate you would like.  With this technology productivity will be increased, as this pump will handle multiple tasks that in the past required numerous pieces of equipment.

Fluid Metering works to provide solutions for all fluid control needs.  Our highly trained sales and technical support staff is available to help choose the solution that is best for you.  We are certified under ISO 9001:2008 certification criteria, and work to provide the highest quality valveless metering pumps.  To learn more about our “One Pump Does it All” philosophy, visit our website.  Also follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest product and company news.

What Are the Advantages of Using a Ceramic, Valveless Metering Pump?

The valveless CeramPump® technology was first patented by Fluid Metering over 55 years ago. Fluid Metering’s pumps, have only one moving part to accomplish both the pumping and valving functions, thereby eliminating the check valves that are present in all other reciprocating (syringe pumps, diaphragm pumps, bellows, piston) designs.

FMI Valveless Metering Pump uses a unique rotating and reciprocating ceramic piston, moving within a precision mated ceramic liner to accurately pump fluid in one direction without allowing any backflow. The reciprocation action of the piston is similar to a standard piston pump. As the piston moves back, it draws fluid into the pump chamber. As it moves forward, fluid is pushed out of the pump. The simultaneous rotation alternately aligns a flat of the end of the piston with inlet and outlet ports, effectively functioning as a valve. An animation of continuous metering using the CeramPump® principle can be found on Fluid Metering’s Web site at http://www.fluidmetering.com/how-it-works.html.

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There are a variety of key advantages that come with using FMI’s patented CeramPump® valveless piston pumping technology:

  • Valveless Design The valveless feature of the CeramPump® design is its most significant feature. There are typically four check valves present in diaphragm, bellows, and traditional piston pumps. Even during normal operation, these will wear over time and not seal properly allowing backflow. As a result, accuracy drifts and minimally the pumps need recalibration. Eventually, the check valves need to be serviced.
  • Ceramic Internals The CeramPump® uses sapphire-hard ceramics for both the piston and mated liner. These components are dimensionally stable in that they will not change shape or dimension over time. Therefore, the pumping chamber remains stable for millions of dispenses without downtime or recalibration. In addition to dimensionally stable they are chemically inert which allows our pump to work in a greater variety of chemicals.
  • Accuracy & Precision Throughout the pumping cycle the inlet and outlet ports of the FMI Valveless Metering Pump are never interconnect ensuring accurate fluid flow in one direction preventing any backflow (without check valves). As a result FMI pumps accuracy is held from microliters to the full flow range and output does not change more than ± 1% of set value. Inaccurate pumps can generate waste and incur extra costs. Check our Pay back Calculator to see how long it will take for a FMI pump to pay for itself.

Additional advantages that come with using a Valveless Ceramic Metering Pump for FMI can be found at http://fluidmetering.com/features-benefits.html.

For more information, Call toll free 1-800-223-3388 or 1-516-922-6050, or use our “Live Help”, for a direct connection to Fluid Metering’s application experts.