We use pumps every day. But do we know how pumps work? From watering our lawns and keeping our pools functional to cooling our homes and fueling our cars, pumps have countless common applications. But the specifics of their function escape most of us. And did you know that pumps feature heavily in industry — almost every industry in fact! Construction, manufacturing, medicine, agriculture, chemical production, and food service are just a few of the areas where pumps play an important role. Read More about Basic Pumps 101: An In-Depth Introduction »
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In its various incarnations, stainless steel often seems like an industrial standard for pumps and various other applications. The exact grade of stainless steel may vary, and end users may find themselves combining it with various polymers and other exotic materials, but stainless steel is the standard — right? Well, not exactly. For many applications, ceramic makes much more sense. Why? There are multiple reasons.
Steel isn’t ever just steel. Because it’s an alloy, different types of metallic compositions can lead to different types of steel. However, the most common type is 304 stainless steel.
Containing approximately 18% to 20% chromium and 8% to 10.5% nickel, 304 stainless steel offers all of the attributes you’d expect. Ease of fabrication. A wide variety of electrical, chemical storage, furnishing, and piping applications (just to name a few). Read More about Advantages of 316 Stainless Steel over 304 Stainless Steel »
The dictionary definition of a pump makes it sound like a relatively simple instrument. For instance, Merriam-Webster states that a pump is “a device that raises, transfers, deliver, or compresses fluids or that attenuates gases especially by suction or pressure or both.” But dealing with industrial pump applications where the materials involved can be exotic or hazardous leads to numerous complications, complications where technical expertise becomes paramount. Read More about Flange Versus Threaded Connections »
What is a multistage pump?
Multistage pumps are centrifugal pumps in which the fluid flows through several impellers fitted in series. This is as opposed to a single stage pump which only has one impeller. The more stages the pump has, the higher the final discharge pressure.
Multistage chemical pumps are unique in that they are able to produce increasingly higher pressures with the addition of every stage while the flow range always remains constant for a given rpm. Read More about Multistage Chemical Pumps 101 »
316 stainless steel is built to last—it can pump toxic and corrosive chemicals just as well as it can work with water and wort. 316 stainless steel is known for it for its strength and durability across a wide-range of chemical pumps.
It is important to calculate this accurately in order to determine the correct sizing and scale of pumping equipment for your needs. Read More about How to Calculate Total Dynamic Head for an Industrial Pump »
While deciding on a single- or 3-phase motor and choosing the voltage (115V, 230V, or 460V) might sound confusing at first, March Pump is here to help. You don’t need to be an electrical engineer to understand the benefits of the different motor types we have available, so we’ve had one of our tech experts answer a couple of the most common questions about motors.
A seizing pump is one where one or more of the moving parts have locked in place, preventing the operation of the pump. If your mag drive pump is seizing up, you need to act quickly before it becomes further damaged. The experts here at March Pump have compiled a troubleshooting guide to help solve the problem of why your transfer pump is seizing and help you put it back in working order quickly. Read More about Mag Drive Pump Troubleshooting: Pump is Seizing »
Mag drive pumps are designed to be low maintenance, and noisy operation should be a cause for concern. Our team of experts at March Pump has assembled a quick troubleshooting guide for magnetic drive and industrial pumps that can help pinpoint whatever is making your system run loudly and fix it. Read More about Mag Drive Pump Troubleshooting: Pump Operates Noisily »