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).
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?