When choosing a laboratory pump, why would you opt for a drum pump or a hand pump? Drum pumps easily and safely transfer fluids from barrels and drums or other storage vessels up to 200 liters in capacity. Manually-operated hand pumps are economical and flexible. They can be used to transfer water or fuel from containers into tanks and pump acids, alkalis, detergent, oils, or alcohol from drums, carboys or tanks.
Drum pumps may be hand operated or may include air-operated, variable-speed, and electric-driven motors. The motor may be explosion proof or batch controlled for automatic dispensing of preset volumes. The pump tubing material (plastic, PVDF, stainless steel) is important and must be compatible with the chemical to be pumped. Drum pumps may offer short to long tube lengths and small to large container capacities. Mixing drum pumps ensure media are properly mixed and homogenized while also pumping it in a single operation.
Hand-operated pumps are some of the industry’s simplest and most economical pumps. They include diaphragm, piston, siphon, and rotary hand-operated drum pumps. These pumps are crafted of low cost plastics, stainless steel, or PTFE. Some hand pumps are designed for pumping shear-sensitive or particulate-laden fluids. Hand-operated vacuum pumps are also used in laboratories for checking leaks, filtration, siphoning, and more.
- Compatibility: Available with different tubing set materials for compatibility with your application
- Flexibility: Adapters enable use with a range of containers
- Safe options: Air-operated drum pumps can be used where electrical power may be impractical or unsafe; hand-operated pumps may be an ideal choice when a disposable pump is necessary
- Economical: Many hand pumps and drum pumps are available for budget-conscious users
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