What You Need to Know About OEM Pumps

Posted: 8/17/2015

OEM's, Original Equipment Manufacturers, are manufacturers who make parts or subsystems that are used in other companies end products. A system is only as a good as its weakest part, and finding quality parts is vital for the success of any product. Many systems require pumps, and those pumps used in larger systems are commonly referred to as OEM Pumps.

Industries That Typically Use OEM Pumps

  • Medical: OEM pumps are also used in production facilities for heating and cooling blankets.
  • Technology: OEM pumps are used for cooling computer mainframes and in x-ray machines.
  • Commercial: OEM pumps are used for ice machines and beverage dispensing equipment.

Shopping for OEM Pumps: Considerations

OEM pumps require many more modifications than stand-alone pumps. It is not just the flow and head that you are considering. Beyond those two, you must consider the fittings (male or female), outlet size, material, the base plate of the motor, motor requirements, acceptable noise level, and the maximum amount of heat generated.

If you're an OEM of systems that require a pump, you have several considerations. So how do you choose an OEM pump? Questions to ask when shopping for an OEM pump:

  1. Will the pump fit into the OEM component? Unlike other pumps, dimensions and the size of the pump are going to be crucial, as OEM pumps need to fit within an encased system.
  2. Will it overheat within the assembly? Proper engineering for an OEM pump will include methods for dissipation of heat.
  3. How many amps and watts will the system tolerate?
  4. What noise level is tolerable? In certain industries, such as medical fields, pumps need to be able to function within a tight margin of acceptable noise. 
  5. Will the OEM operate within the existing base?

An important factor to consider is the certification of your equipment by independent regulatory bodies. OEMs are submitted to nonprofits who review them, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). These organizations test products before they can be used. If you have a problem with the noise level and need to have a pump reworked, you have to resubmit the pump to those agencies, which comes with a cost. In order to avoid higher costs, an OEM mag drive pump manufacturer should communicate well enough to work with you on creating the ideal OEM pump for your system.

Benefits to Working With March Pump on OEM Pumps

March Pump has been in business since 1954-the president of the company has been there from the beginning. The Head of Engineering at March Pump has been with the company since the 1970s. March Pump is an industry specialist with connections and expertise spanning decades, allowing our professionals to find what the customer needs quickly.
A benefit for OEMs working with March Pump is working with another manufacturer-there is no middleman. This allows for direct communication, which in turn ensures problems are solved more efficiently and confidential information can be shared securely and with ease.
Sometimes a motor is too hot or too loud, or too expensive, and a change needs to be made. Unlike other manufacturers, March Pump will try its hardest to find a solution for the customer.
Your pump manufacturer needs to be willing to accommodate your requests and be willing to shop around for your requirements. Some pump manufacturers won't work with OEMs unless the quantity bought passes a dollar or quantity threshold, like 1000 units. March Pump will work with OEMs for 100 pieces, depending on the extent of modification. March Pump is open to being flexible and will have our pump fit around your requirements, instead of making your requirements fit the pump.

A few of the most popular OEM pumps are:

If you have needs with your OEM pump system, contact March Pumps today!

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