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Positive Displacement Pumps

Positive Displacement Pumps

What are Positive Displacement Pumps?

Positive Displacement Pumps are designed to maintain a consistent flow for the contents inside without focusing on the pressure of the contents. This means that this kind of pump can withstand higher pressures than other kinds of pumps. In addition, these pumps are beneficial when looking to prevent fluids from within the pump from separating or shearing.

These pumps can be further divided into several separate categories, all of which fall under the umbrella of positive displacement pumps.

  • Diaphragm Pumps
    • These pumps operate with a minimum of two separate valves, much like a heart or a diaphragm; as one chamber opens, another chamber reciprocates by closing and vice versa. These pumps can have one diaphragm or have multiple, such as an AODD (air-operated double-diaphragm pump).
  • Gear / Rotary Vane Pumps
    • These pumps utilize gears or other methods of rotation to transfer the fluids where they need to go. There are few different kinds of rotary or gear pumps, depending on the size or shape of the mechanism. These kinds of pumps require priming, meaning that they should not operate without already containing liquids.
  • Peristaltic Hose
    • These kinds of pumps have liquid piped in a half-circle through flexible tubing. Pressure then pushes the fluid from one end to another via a ‘roller’ or ‘wiper.’ They are often used to transport fluids without exposing them to gasses or contaminants.
  • Progressive Cavity / Helical Rotor Pumps
    • These pumps utilize a rotor designed to maneuver fluids through a container with a corkscrew rotor. The cavities within this pump are sealed off from each other, allowing for more efficient pumping, even when dealing with higher pressures.

Our Products:

Here are just a few of the pumps that we offer:

  • Diaphragm (or AODD) Pumps
  • Rotary (Sliding) Vane or Gear Pumps
  • Progressive Cavity Pumps
    • Continental Pump
  • Eccentric Disc Pumps
    • Mouvex

Next Steps:

Find what you’re looking for? Contact our sales team at sales@nwpump.com or 1-800-452-PUMP. OR check out our online store here.