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Benefits of Using Peristaltic Hose Pumps for Magnesium Hydroxide

Posted on 24 November 2017

This material causes a range of issues due to its abrasive properties, and can be hard going on certain types of pump systems. As a result, pump failure rates are a common complaint of those trying to transport this material, costing businesses valuable time and resources through maintenance.

With this in mind, we take a look at Verderflex peristaltic hose pumps and why they are perfectly suited as magnesium hydroxide pumps – as they are reliable and cost effective for a number of different scenarios.

What is Magnesium Hydroxide?

Magnesium hydroxide is used in many different industries to both lower the PH levels of a transported liquid, and to reduce the accumulation of slag buildup within a pump system.

Advantages of using magnesium hydroxide include:

  • Being non-acidic
  • Breaking down unwanted deposits of materials
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Safe for human consumption

While it is a popular material, magnesium hydroxide can also cause issues, especially for pump systems. Because it’s viscous and chalky, it can become gritty, causing friction when pumped through pipes. This type of abrasion can quickly cause catastrophic problems, most notably around valves, seals, and glands. For this reason many pump designs are not suited as magnesium hydroxide pumps. They simply cannot handle such an abrasive material. 

That’s where peristaltic hose pumps come into their own.

Verderflex Industrial Hose and Tube Family3.jpgAdvantages of Peristaltic Hose Pumps

Many manufacturers claim that their pumps can transport a magnesium hydroxide slurry without being damaged, but the truth is that this claim is often unfounded. This is because most pump designs contain components which erode quickly when pumping magnesium hydroxide. For example, centrifugal pumps are notoriously unreliable as magnesium hydroxide pumps because their mechanical seals are quickly worn down through the constant grinding of materials passing through. This results in lower efficiency and higher maintenance costs.

The superiority of a peristaltic hose pump is exhibited through its use of positive displacement to transport its fluids. Such a design means that any transported fluid is only passing through one piece of the pump – the tube or hose. The rest of the pump remains dry, and so if there is a mechanical failure, it’s easy to replace the single component.

Peristaltic hose pumps also have reversible flow, which makes emptying the system for maintenance much simpler. These pumps can handle both high flow and high pressure scenarios, and tackling viscous – or even gritty – slurries are not a problem. They can process aggressive fluids without significant wear and tear, while high solid slurries which would usually cause other pumps to fail.

All of this means that peristaltic hose pumps make great magnesium hydroxide pumps, saving time and money.

 

Cost Effective Magnesium Hydroxide Pumps

If you’d like to know which Verderflex peristaltic pump best suits your needs, or which model would be the most cost effective within your budget, contact us today and we’ll provide you with the best peristaltic hose pump available on the market.

 

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