4 Reasons Why Maintaining Your Peristaltic Pump Is Important

Peristaltic pump maintenance requirements are low when compared to other options. However, this doesn’t mean that you should neglect maintenance altogether. These pumps require regular maintenance to prevent costly repairs and malfunctioning. Here are four reasons why maintaining your peristaltic pump is important:

1. To Prevent The Hose Malfunctioning

The hose is the only component of these pumps that comes into contact with highly abrasive and corrosive slurries – making it the only part subject to significant wear. When a hose becomes worn down, it loses its elasticity and can burst. It’s important to regularly inspect the hose to ensure it doesn’t become disjointed. If it does, you may need to tighten the screws to the required torque.

The lifespan of your hose is dependent on the temperature, medium, suction level, pressure, and use frequency. This means that maintenance frequency differs between users. Changing the hose takes less than one hour by unskilled labour.

2. To Guarantee Rotor Function

The pump rotor can oftentimes become dismantled when removing the hose. This is caused by a pull on the tension spring. A chemical attack on the rotor can also occur if the hose is ruptured. Proper maintenance ensures the pump retains its rotary motion and prevents the need for major repairs.

3. To Guarantee Proper Lubrication

Peristaltic pumps use glycerin to lubricate the hose and, sometimes, dissipate heat. Filling the housing of the pump with glycerin guarantees pump efficiency. If the glycerin is present in any other part of the pump, this is a sign of a hose leak. This is a relatively easy process that takes no longer than an hour when carried out by an unskilled individual. It is recommended to check the level of the glycerin every week.

4. To Protect Tubing

Peristaltic pumps have an advantage in that passing fluids don’t come into contact with the pump. This means there’s no need to regularly clean diaphragms, valves, or seals. Instead, you must focus your efforts on cleaning or replacing the tubing. Tubed replacements are easy to carry out given that you only need to remove the old pump tube and install a new one.

Safety Considerations

Some pumps require more maintenance than others, so it’s important to examine design differences and advantages first before making a choice. Make sure to read the maintenance requirements for your specific pump to ensure you carry out maintenance procedures properly and effectively.

It’s essential that all equipment is switched off when carrying out maintenance and secured against resetting. Be sure to release the pressure before opening the hose connections to prevent chemicals from spraying out.

Professional operating staff are familiar with the maintenance and safety regulations of peristaltic pumps and have all the personal protective equipment necessary to prevent accidents. For this reason, consider hiring a specialist for maintenance.

Atlantic Pumps can provide your business with an industrial peristaltic pump to handle abrasive fluids. We take a sustainable approach to our work and continue to reduce energy wastage from pumps. Employing our peristaltic pump construction and maintenance services means you can benefit from reduced energy use by 20% on your property. Call us today for more information.


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