Finding your way over to this post, it’s clear that you’ve decided to go with a diaphragm pump as the solution for your waste treatment pumping needs. Diaphragm pumps are able to efficiently send material through cylinders at moderately low pressures. They are equipped with a rubber diaphragms that move side to side, allowing movement of material through the cylinder. The rubber diaphragm is also resistant to wear, which makes it more efficient at sending material. Here, we lay down some determining factors for going with a diaphragm pump as a first-time buyer.
Volume Of Material
Depending on the size of a diaphragm pump and its overall speed while operating, a diaphragm pump is capable of sending material ranging from one gallon per minute to hundreds of gallons per minute. It is therefore important to carefully choose a diaphragm pump that operates half as efficiently in normal use as it would in full capacity.
Running the pump at half of its full capacity ensures that the diaphragm pump stays in good condition for long periods of time without requiring too much maintenance. As you go on the prowl for a diaphragm pump, make sure you carefully read the operating capacity manual for all of the info you may need regarding the pump. Or you can simply contact pump experts to get accurate information.
The Materials Used To Make The Actual Pump
Different diaphragm pumps are made of different materials. Looking closely at this factor, the main materials to consider while looking at a diaphragm pump is the material used to make the ball, the seat of the pump, and the diaphragm pump body. The most commonly used material/metal for coating the ball and seat is stainless steel. Stainless steel is of course quite steep in terms of cost but it is wear-resistant and is also heat resilient. Another option is PTFE for diaphragm pump material, which is cost-effective. However, it is not as resilient to abrasive materials as stainless steel.
Type of Drive That Moves The Diaphragm Pump
This drive refers to the pump used to drive the diaphragm back and forth, allowing material to be sent through the cylinder. There are two options available for this type of drive. The most common ones are the air driven pumps and the electric drives. The type of drive is determined by where the diaphragm pump is operated and the safety of using the diaphragm pump. Electric drives can be conveniently used in areas where electricity is available. However, they cannot be used in areas where flammable gases and materials are present. On the other hand, air-driven pumps use compressed air to drive a diaphragm pump. They are actually quite safe to use as air is not likely to be a cause of ignition.
More Knowledge On Air-Operated Diaphragm Pumps
Any diaphragm pump will contain an operating manual which carries more in-depth information about the product. In the user manual, you’ll find a diaphragm pump performance curve which explains how much air is needed during operation, and how far the material can be sent by the pump, at different levels of operation.