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Rotary Positive Displacement Pumps

Last month we discussed the internal operation of reciprocating pumps, one of two types of positive displacement pumps. This month we will analyze how the other type of PD pump – rotary pumps. Rotary pumps have rotating gears instead of the backward and forwards motion of cylinders like reciprocating pumps. In some cases, they can […]

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Rail Car Chemical Pump

Rail Car Chemical Transfer

Chemical transports are one of the largest revenue streams for railroads in the United States. In 2019 close to 972 million tons of chemicals were shipped throughout the country due to their use in a diverse production of other goods. When transferring chemicals via rail car or tanker truck, the average capacity will be around […]

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Reciprocating Positive Displacement Pumps

In a previous article ‘What Exactly Is a Positive Displacement Pump?’ we gave a high-level overview of different types of Positive Displacement Pumps. In this article, we will focus on Reciprocating Positive Displacement Pumps – how they work, advantages/disadvantages, and common applications in which they are used. As opposed to centrifugal pumps using impellers, the mechanical […]

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Mechanical Seal

5 Ways to Maintain Mechanical Seals

The often-forgotten and crucial component in a pump system is the mechanical seal, which prevents fluid from leaking into the immediate environment. Leaking mechanical seals due to improper maintenance or higher-than-expected operating conditions can be a hazard, housekeeping issue, health concern, or even an EPA issue.  It is important to implement practices and conditions to […]

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Pump Filters

How to Pick the Proper Filtration Equipment

How to Pick the Proper Filtration Equipment Filtration is the process of removing any undesirable matter (solids or otherwise) from a process stream such as liquid or air. The incoming stream prior to filtration is called the effluent while the outbound stream after filtration is referred to as the filtrate. In any fluid-handling operation, filtration […]

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How do Vacuum Pumps Work?

A vacuum pump is a device that removes gas molecules or air particles from a sealed volume in order to achieve difference in pressure creating a partial vacuum. Vacuum pumps are designed in a variety of technologies based on the pressure requirements and the application it services. When setting up a vacuum pump system, sizing […]

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Shelco Filter Skid

Why water filtration is crucial to energy production?

When it comes to energy production, water plays a crucial role. Used as the main cooling source, it is a critical component in how these complex systems operate. Organic and inorganic substances in water create dissolved solids that along with other pollutants can cause buildup and corrosion. High-quality filters with high micron filter media, that […]

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Engineered Solutions to Meet Your Requirements

We have shared many examples consisting of custom-engineered systems for our customers.  It is rewarding to share the final result, but what all goes into the process to get to that point? Let us help break down the process on the last skid we built to give you an idea. Our engineering team handles requests […]

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Centrifugal Pumps

What Applications are Ideal for Centrifugal Pumps?

THE MOST COMMON TYPE OF PUMP USED FOR TRANSFER OF FLUIDS Centrifugal process pumps are one of the most common pump types used in industrial processing applications because they’re engineered to be low-maintenance, easy to operate and highly efficient. The fact that centrifugal pumps are the most popular choice for fluid movement makes them a […]

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How To Prevent Pump Cavitation

WHAT IS PUMP CAVITATION Cavitation is not a new phenomenon that impacts a pump system, but it is an issue that occurs far too often. It occurs when air bubbles are generated inside a pump because of the partial pressure drop of the flowing liquid, resulting in a tiny air bubble. The air bubbles move, […]

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STAMPED – Choosing The Right Hose For Your Application

Proper hose and fitting selection are critical to the safety of both your people and your profits, thus why the S.T.A.M.P.E.D. acronym was created. The STAMPED acronym is an industry-wide standard that should begin every conversation when selecting a hose for a new application. STAMPED stands for: Size, Temperature, Application, Material, Pressure, Ends and Delivery. […]

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What Exactly Is A Positive Displacement Pump?

Positive Displacement (PD) Pumps work by trapping a fixed amount of fluid, then displacing or forcing it into the discharge pipe. PD Pumps are engineered to use a reciprocating, rotary or diaphragm method to move a variety of fluids. These pumps are most commonly used for pumping viscous liquids and those that contain fragile solids. PD […]

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What is a Mag Drive Pump?

Magnetic Drive Pumps Mag Drive pumps are seal-less pumps that use the technology of a drive magnet and inner magnet connected to an impeller to move fluid through the pump. The drive magnet and inner magnet are separated by a rear casing or housing, creating a seal-less containment. A Mag Drive Pump will prevent the […]

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3 Advantages of AODD Pumps

Safety, Simplicity, and Versatility.  These are three terms that go hand-in-hand with Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm (AODD) Pumps.  While no single pump type can be perfect for all applications, AODD pumps can cover a wide spectrum of applications and materials. Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm (AODD) pumps are a type of positive displacement pump that utilizes compressed air for a […]

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Preventative Maintenance

Business is slow for many, but that doesn’t mean you can’t remain productive.  If you have equipment sitting idle due to partial shutdowns, now might be a good time to perform preventative maintenance to ensure they perform as needed when full production returns.  Small investments now can help you avoid significant damage on pumps and […]

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Carbon Filtration for Odor Removal in Base Ethanol/Alcohol Sanitizer Chemicals

Activated carbon media, either in bulk or filter element form, has been shown to be effective in removing odor in applications where customers are using non-FDA grade ethanol and alcohol to produce hand sanitizers and bulk sanitizing agents for combating the COVID-19 virus spread. For proper filtration, the two key factors (challenges) while using activated […]

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Hose Audit & Testing Program

We’ve tested over 10,000 hoses in dozens of manufacturing facilities. The average failure rate of the hoses we test is 18%. That’s a lot of unwanted opportunity for safety issues, downtime, and inefficiencies in your process. Proper hose specification and maintenance are essential to consistent production output, efficient long-term fluid management and a safe and […]

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Why Mechanical Seals Fail

Mechanical seals keep the fluid contained within pumps while the internal mechanical components move inside the stationary housing.  When mechanical seals fail, the resulting leaks can cause extensive damage to the pump and often leaves large messes that can be significant safety hazards. Besides being a crucial component to a pump running efficiently, it is […]

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Centrifugal Pumps vs Positive Displacement Pumps

Anderson Process offers a comprehensive line of centrifugal and positive displacement pumps to provide pump systems that deliver reliable performance in demanding applications. Although the basic structure and operation of pumping systems hasn’t changed much over the years, industrial pumps remain a sophisticated piece of machinery, each with its own ideal operating conditions and application. […]

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Reasons Pumps Fail

The pump is the heart of any fluid processing application.  Properly specified pump drives output and directly impacts an operation’s bottom line. Unfortunately, pumps can fail at any given moment resulting in inefficient operation, equipment failures and production losses. So why do pumps fail?  We had our in-house pump expert and seasoned sales representative, John […]

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Best Practices in Hose Safety

Hose safety often does not get the attention it deserves. Proper hose and fitting selection are critical to the safety of both your people and your profits. If a hose fails in a manufacturing or industrial processing operation, the entire production line becomes compromised, putting expensive equipment, product and lives at risk. Choosing the right […]

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Ultra-Portable Kodak Slide Viewer

We were getting ahead of our spring cleaning and found this “Ultra-Portable Kodak Slide Viewer”, it gave everyone a good laugh.  This is what Pump Training use to look like in the late 70’s / early 80’s from our best guess.  It came fresh with Wilden Pump slides and a Pulsafeeder training tape. We know […]

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