IVEK’s products are used for fluid dispensing across multiple applications and industries. IVEK pumps are used in many industries including medical and pharmaceutical applications, battery manufacturing, food processing, semi-conductor manufacturing, automotive applications, and many others.
A new and growing application for our ceramic pump modules is vape pen & cartridge filling. Vape pens, also known as electronic cigarettes, are rising in popularity. Vape pens are hand-held devices used for vaporizing a small amount liquid that the user inhales. These pens may be filled with a variety of different liquids known as “juice,” such as nicotine, cannabis, flavoring, and more. Vape pen manufacturers are continuously reporting annual growth rates of seven hundred percent (CNBC).
According to a recent report from MarketsandMarkets, North America is expected to control a major share of the liquid handling market this year. This growth comes as a result of rising cases of chronic disease spurring a demand for research on regenerative medicine and genetics.
The biotechnology industry has shown advancements in the regeneration of cells, tissues, and organs, which have promising applications for many age-related diseases such as macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. These potential developments have led to larger investments in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. The biotechnology market alone is expected to be worth $727.1 billion by 2025, a growth rate of 7.4% (Source: Grand View Research).
Becoming a front line technical sales person at IVEK requires more than a parts list with prices. Everyone on the IVEK Technical Sales team has spent time in all departments to understand its function and importance in the manufacturing of our products. This training includes time in our technical applications department to develop an in-depth knowledge of how IVEK pumps perform with fluids that vary greatly in chemical makeup. The Technical Sales person is considered our customers’ representative within IVEK. Averaging over 20 years of experience, each individual has been trained to work with all sections of the company in order to ensure IVEK can provide the best solution for our customers based on their specifications. Customer satisfaction is always our primary objective and it starts with our application worksheet and continues with our technical sales team. http://www.ivek.com/worksheet.html
One asset within IVEKs’ network that is often overlooked is our Independent Sales Representative Group. Covering the United States and Europe [Ivek Distributors are assisting our Asia based customers], this group provides a bridge to enhance communication between our customers and IVEK Sales, Applications, Engineering, R&D and Technical Service departments. They manage and interpret customer requirements by meeting with clients to understand, anticipate and provide answers to their needs.
Most of these independent representatives have teamed with IVEK for over 20 years. Each representative is technically trained to provide local support and often assist engineering in the flow of information between the customer and IVEK. The group includes experts in chemistry, automation, biotechnology, instrumentation and fluidics. As Independent Representatives, this group handles a number of synergistic lines and can also assist our customer in the procurement of related products. Contact information can be found at http://www.ivek.com/salesreps.html
Our sales team is not built around quotas, it is built on meeting our clients’ needs. The more we can help our clients navigate their sales process and the hurdles it presents, the happier our clients are. If you have any technical questions, feel free to reach out and let our team of qualified representatives assist you.
Fluid Slip is a term commonly used to describe the migration of liquid around the internal moving parts of gear, lobe, and vane pumps. It is the volumetric difference between physical component displacement and liquid throughput of a pump system. Slip loss refers to the liquid that passes through the clearance space (approximately 0.00005 inches) between the piston and the cylinder wall. Since this clearance represents a restrictive passage of essentially constant dimension, the slip rate is determined by viscosity, pressure and time.
Assuming constant liquid viscosity and pressure, slip will be a smaller factor in a high repetition rate pump (short time per stroke) than in a low repetition rate pump. As viscosity increases and pressure decreases, time becomes a less significant contributor to slip loss. The clearance can be modified to compensate for viscosity. The clearance between the piston and cylinder wall must be optimized for the liquid being pumped in order to minimize the loss due to fluid slip.
In order to minimize fluid slip, the reservoir height and tip height need to be considered. As a general rule, the reservoir height and tip height should be equal. A fluid’s viscosity will play a part in this determination. One way to determine the optimal position of the reservoir and tip is to prime the input and output lines with fluid and observe the output line for fluid movement during idle time. If the fluid moves back in the line, raise the reservoir. If the fluid drips from the tubing, lower the reservoir. The goal is to achieve zero pressure differential over the pump.
Fluid Slip is an important factor to consider through the design and build stages of any pump or pump component. If you have any questions about fluid slip, please send us an e-mail and we would be happy to help.
Usually we try to stay away from any type of valve, since our pumps are valveless and act as their own valve. Recently we ran into a situation where the customer could not purge after the pump was in an idle state for a long period of time (approximately 20-30 minutes). The material was very expensive and hazardous. Moving the reservoir helped a little bit, but regardless the fluid was either going to move forward and drip or move backwards and would then force the user to “waste“ several shots to prepare the pump to dispense again.
It was suggested we use a pinch valve on the inlet, mounted closely to the pump. Extensive testing was done and the results were very good. It is important that the valve opens just before the dispense cycle is triggered and closed as soon as the dispensing cycle has been completed. It is also important to use silicone tubing so it can seal together quickly when pinched but then snap back to its original form when released.
Cases like this are a great example of Ivek’s ability to test and adapt to our customer’s needs. We understand that efficiency is crucial and waste can seriously hurt our clients’ bottom line. We strive to deliver the best precision liquid metering and dispensing equipment for your needs. Contact us today if you have a unique dispensing need.
Often we receive calls from automation and manufacturing companies who have problems with their filling and dispensing needs from other vendors. Typically, a piece of equipment has been installed that doesn’t meet specification or the filling is difficult to control. This problem translates to lost or wasted product, costing the organization a tremendous amount of time and money.
When deciding which OEM pump is best for precise aspirating and dispensing of samples and reagents in both Analytical and IVD instruments, we are often asked the differences between traditional Syringe Pumps and IVEK’s Ceramic Displacement Pumps. Since both of these can be used to do the same function, what are the pros and cons of each?
Which positive displacement pump (PD pump) is best for your dispensing needs, linear or rotary? Linear and rotary positive displacement pumps can provide exceptional accuracy and precision. However, each method has their advantages and disadvantages. Positive displacement pumping refers to a pump that retracts in a cavity to generate volume on the suction side and extends to close in the cavity on the discharge. Fluid flows into the suction side during retract and flows out of the discharge during contraction. This is a constant for each cycle.
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