Masterflex Tubing Pump Systems FAQs
- How does a Masterflex tubing pump work?
- What flow rates are attainable?
- What is the maximum obtainable pressure?
- Is the tubing important?
- Why are pump heads available without drives in the L/S, I/P, and B/T pump groups?
Each pump system is divided into three parts: pump head, drive, and tubing. The pump head consists of the rotor and housing; the drive creates the force needed to move the rotor; and the tubing acts as the pump chamber. These three parts pump fluid by following these steps:
- The tubing is placed into the tubing bed—between the rotor and housing—where it is occluded (squeezed).
- The rollers on the rotor move across the tubing, pushing the fluid. The tubing behind the rollers recovers its shape, creates a vacuum, and draws fluid in behind it.
- A "pillow" of fluid is formed between the rollers. This is specific to the ID of the tubing and the geometry of the rotor. Flow rate is determined by multiplying speed by the size of the pillow. This pillow stays fairly constant except with very viscous fluids.
View our simple animation that demonstrates a Masterflex tubing pump in motion.
Our C/L systems deliver flow rates from 0.0011 to 46 ml/min. L/S systems deliver flow rates from 0.0006 to 3400 ml/min. I/P systems deliver flow rates from 0.012 to 13 LPM and B/T systems deliver flow rates from 0.3 to 45 LPM.
You can obtain a flow precision of better than ±0.5% with calibrated flow systems. For other systems, you can obtain ±2 to 5% precision for general transfer applications.
Volumes are repeatable with accuracies of ±0.5% or better using calibrated systems.
All flow rates are based on water. Increasing the fluid viscosity will decrease the flow rate. See pages 1489-1499 of our general catalog for more information.
Depending on the tubing you choose, the maximum obtainable pressure is 40 psi (2.7 bar); nominal pressure is 25 psi (1.7 bar).
Typically 40 psi (2.7 bar), depending on tubing ID, wall thickness, and formulation..
The maximum suction lift is 29 ft (8.8 m) H20.
No. Our unique designs eliminate this need.
Yes. They can pump gases, liquids, or mixed phases.
Yes. They can develop a vacuum in excess of 26" Hg (660 mm Hg).
Yes. The flow rate with water is directly proportional to the rotor speed up to the maximum capabilities of the drive.
Yes. One roller is always squeezing the tubing closed, so you don't get any backflow.
Yes. The limitations are viscosity and particle size relative to selected tubing ID.
To provide maximum flexibility in achieving desired flow at optimum rpm.
Yes. Specifications apply in either clockwise or counterclockwise rotation.
The tubing is the pump chamber. The elasticity of the tubing provides suction lift; its strength provides pressure handling ability; its flexible characteristics determine pumping life; its bore determines the flow rate, and its wall thickness determines pumping efficiency.
Optimum temperature range is from 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C). The max. temperature range is from -40 to 302°F (-40 to 150°C) for tubing and from 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C) for the pump head.
Depends on tubing style (see Tubing and Chemical Compatibility Table).
Pump speed and pressure, tubing material and chemical compatibility, and abrasiveness of the liquid (media) being pumped. For life expectancy, see Tubing Life Technical Data.
Norprene*, PharMed*, Tygon LFL*, silicone, C-FLEX**, Tygon*, and Viton***, in that order. For more information, see Tubing Life Technical Data.
Tubing life is inversely proportional to pump speed. Minimum speed gives maximum life.
Yes. Some tubing formulations meet NSF specifications and FDA and USDA requirements for food handling. Many can be sterilized. For more information, see specific tubing’s Masterflex Tubing Formulations.
No. The EASY-LOAD, EASY-LOAD II, High-Performance, cartridge, RAPID-LOAD, and QUICK-LOAD pump heads make tubing changes quick and easy. With the Standard pump head, tubing is easy to change using the loading key provided.
The modular concept lets you customize your system for maximum flexibility and economy.
Yes. Any number (typically two to four) can be stacked together in any combination using Standard or EASY-LOAD heads up to the maximum torque capability of the drive.
Yes. Our Engineering Department can customize, design, or modify a drive or drive package to your specifications for quantity purchases and OEM applications. Call 800-323-4340 or (from outside the U.S.) 847-549-7600; press 9-6092.
* Norprene, PharMed, Tygon—Registered Trademark Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation.
**C-FLEX—Registered Trademark Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation.
*** Viton—Registered Trademark of The Chemours Company.