Vacuum Pump Selection — Getting it Right

Let's face it. Vacuum pumps are the "black magic" piece of equipment in today's world. They're tough to understand, and selecting a vacuum pump based on what you've used in the past or by what was recommended by the OEM will not necessarily get you the best overall solution. 


"Determining which will provide you with the best and most economical choice should be made by looking at the total need in your facility. "


There are numerous manufacturers too: Gast, Atlas Copco, Tuthill/ Kinney Vacuum, Roots, Sterling,
Dekker and Quincy to name a few.


So how do you choose what's best for your business? Let's dig in. 


Types of Vaccuum Pumps


  • Rotary vane
  • Rotary lobe
  • Liquid ring
  • Diaphragm
  • Piston.
  • Single and double stage
  • Oil free and dry
  • Variable speed and fixed speed: either once through service liquid ring or self contained re-circulated service liquid ring

There are many types, and all of these vaccuum pumps are useful in particular situations. Determining which will provide you with the best and most economical choice should be made by looking at the total need in your facility and/or contacting an expert. 


Example vaccuum pump selection situations:

 The process equipment OEM in your business might recommend a one horse power unit for each of
your ten machines. But by looking at the total requirement one central system needs, running at five horsepower could possibly handle all ten machines — thus reducing maintenance costs, spare parts inventory, and utility costs.

 You might think you need a higher vacuum to secure materials when in fact you require
higher flow and not a deeper vacuum. You could save money by capitalizing on this distinction. 


The Bottom Line


Each application is different and knowing all of your process requirements is the first step in
determining the type of vacuum pump. Then you can decide what options would benefit your

Take the time to list all of your requirements; what is currently in place, any problems you might
be experiencing and future plans.

After you have that picture, contact us to discuss what is working, where you are experiencing problems, and any particular requirements your business has. 

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Tom Kolling

In my career the customer has always been my focus. I've worked with my staff to provide a level of service that surprises the customer and sets us apart. I've worked to establish new vendors, inventory, pricing and special requirements that are needed by customers.

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