Industrial pumps are heavy-duty water pumps commonly used to move different materials and matter, including wastewater, chemicals, gas, oil and other substances. An industrial pump moves the material from one location to another and accelerates it when it needs to move at high flow rates. Any water pump designed to move materials for industrial use is considered an industrial pump. Pumps you find in your household or for medical and scientific use are not classed as industrial pumps, even though they might possess the same basic pumping mechanisms used on a much larger scale in an industrial pump.
What Are Industrial Pumps Used For?
Industrial pumps are needed primarily for moving materials. They make it far easier for liquids, gases and materials to be manipulated and moved. For example, water pumps fill a storage tank quickly and efficiently. This is just a basic example of using an industrial pump, but they are invaluable in industries handling dangerous and hazardous materials.
An industrial pump is comprised of an inlet tube, a motor and impeller, and an outlet. However, how they function will differ depending on the type of pump you are using. Many other industrial pumps are named purely on what functions they perform. These include concrete pumps, slurry pumps, paint pumps, grinder pumps, and many others.
Tricel's Expertise Supplying Industrial Pumps
We have 35 years of experience in the industry as an authorised pump distributor within the UK for major brands such as Grundfos, Lowara, Xylem, Wilo, DAB and many others. Our expertise is mainly focused on commercial and industrial building services.
We supply industrial water pumps and offer installation and commissioning on pumps to different industries. From commercial water booster pumps, pressurisation units and expansion vessels, heating and chiller circulator pumps, and variable speed pumps to wastewater pumping stations.
What Types Of Industrial Pumps Are Available?
You will need an industrial pump if you run a business that requires fluid movement, processing, or management. Typically, businesses will struggle choosing the right type of pump for the job because there are many options. There are two types of industrial water pumps: positive displacement pumps and dynamic pumps.
Positive Displacement Pump
Positive displacement pumps use the reciprocating motion of plungers, pistons, or diaphragms to move fluids through the pump at steady rates with high degrees of pressure. There’s a vast range of pump types like these, such as screw pumps, gear pumps, piston pumps, diaphragm pumps, peristaltic pumps, progressive cavity pumps, and many others. Instead of a smooth transfer of liquid, you generally get a pulsing discharge with this type of pump because fluid is trapped and expelled in a fixed volume. A positive displacement pump has a more complex design than dynamic pumps and is designed to handle fluctuations in flow and pressure.
Alternatively, there are dynamic pumps, most commonly centrifugal pumps. Dynamic pumps use centrifugal force to create velocity in the liquid that the pump is handling. That velocity gets converted to pressure, which can be regulated to push fluid through the pump. Dynamic pumps contain an impeller, which creates a vacuum that drives fluid inside the pump’s housing. These are the most common types of industrial pumps because they have the fewest moving parts and can operate continuously.
Types of Dynamic Pumps
- CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS
Many industries will make use of centrifugal pumps. The pumps transfer liquids using their motor-driven rotors known as impellers. The rotating impellers accelerate the fluid and increase its pressure.
Fluid enters the rotating impeller along the pump’s axis and is expelled by centrifugal force toward the pump’s outlet. This type of pump can handle liquids that contain suspended solids. There are also different types designed to meet various industrial needs.
N.B centrifugal pumps create flow, not pressure, making them the ideal solution for applications that require high flow rates for low-viscosity liquids.
- SUBMERSIBLE PUMPS
Industrial businesses mainly use submersible pumps to move sewage and stormwater, but they can also be used in many other applications, including drainage, general industrial pumping and slurry pumping.
Submersible pumps work under extreme conditions and are ideal for shifting waste, chemicals, grey water, and food.
- FIRE PUMPS
Fire pumps are designed to support fire suppression systems or sprinkler tanks. The pumps transfer water at high pressure and high force, so the firefighting industry primarily uses them. Fire pumps may be installed in industrial settings or at the street level, connected directly to a municipal water system.
Which Industries Use Industrial Pumps?
Industrial pumps are used throughout most industries in some way or another. Any large-scale business requiring moving materials and liquids from one place to another will need an industrial pump. Industrial pumps are necessary whether it’s oil and gas, renewable energy, marine, manufacturing or food and beverage businesses.
Industrial pumps are a valuable investment for businesses, ensuring that materials are moved safely. They are often used for transferring hazardous or waste materials, so industrial pumps keep workplaces safe for employees. Industrial pumps also ensure that operations are not disrupted, as they can move materials quickly and effectively.
For more information on industrial pumps or advice and guidance on the best industrial pump for your application, contact our expert sales team.
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