Pumps are an essential piece of equipment for any lab and are extremely essential in many of the demanding applications. These include such as conveying, metering, mixing, heating, cooling and many more.
Below we discuss things to consider when choosing your pharmaceutical pumps, as well as additional items which will make the process easier, including trolleys to help you move your pumps around the lab, and pulsation dampeners to help you keep the quality of product.
Type of Product
Pumps can be made from numerous different materials, all of which can handle different types of fluid.
If you're pumping abrasive, corrosive or viscous fluids, or even heat sensitive products, it's important that your pump's components can handle them.
The amount of fluid a pump can expel is measured in either Litres Per Minute (LPM), Gallons Per Minute (GPM) or Cubic Metres Per Minute (m3/hr).
This allows you to gauge how quickly a pump can transfer liquid from A to B.
When exact doses are needed for batches, precision is paramount.
It’s important to take into consideration how accurate your pump needs to be and invest in metering or dosing pumps for these types of applications.
Shearing & Pulsation
A nice, smooth flow is essential for high quality product.
Try to ensure your pump is not shearing your product and invest in a pulsation dampener, when possible, this will allow you to prevent as much air as possible from getting into your product.
Hygienic pumps and parts are essential for the pharmaceutical industry.
Sanitary pumps are usually made from high grade Stainless Steel to ensure that there are no areas of the pump body where the product can sit and develop bacteria. When using peristaltic pumps, ensure the hose is sanitary grade.
There are many sanitary flexible impeller pumps available, in a range of sizes to suit your application.
They are self-priming and can pump liquids with suspended solids and they are efficient and gentle on the product. Most of these pumps will come as CIP (Clean In Place) as standard or easy to strip clean.
It's important to think about your application from start to finish, a pump is a main part of the job but it's important to consider what else you'll need. Below you'll find some items that may be considered essential, depending on your application. If you're ever unsure on your requirements, our team is available to help you.
If you are using AODD pumps, airline regulators provide controlled, consistent air pressure which in turns provides a smoother flow for your product.
A trolley is especially useful for pumps that you use for more than one application, allowing you to easily manoeuvre the pump around your space.
A pulsation dampener can be used to reduce pulsation and remove pressure variations on the discharge of your pump, ensuring a smoother flow and less disturbance to your product.
Get in touch
Our friendly team of experts are on hand to give you any advice you require for your job. If you require more information or help on choosing the right pump for your application, then fill in the contact form or call us on +44 1332 913500 to speak to a member of our team.