Compact Bellows Metering Pumps
Gorman-Rupp Industries’ line of Compact Bellows Metering Pumps were specifically designed for metering applications requiring low discharge pressures. Compact pumps have been successfully applied in photo, X-ray and dental film processors; silver recovery; and scientific and analytical instruments.
The compact bellows pumps utilize GRI’s proven bellows and valving technology to provide an accurate and economical metering pump with long life. The proprietary blended polypropylene materials of construction and a wide selection of valve and O-ring elastomers produce chemical resistant pumps capable of handling a wide range of fluids.
Compact Bellows Metering Pump Operation:
The Compact Bellows Metering Pumps operate on a positive displacement principle. The rotation of the motor shaft is transmitted into an up and down linear motion through an adjustable concentric crank mechanism. This motion provides a continuous compressing and relaxing force on the bellows module, forcing fluid between two check valves located in the module’s valve body. Up to four separate bellows modules can be operated by single motor for proportioning up to four separate fluid mediums. The flow rate of each module is independently adjustable. Multiple bellows modules operate out-of-phase with each other for most efficient power usage.
Any combination of ½”, ¾”, 1”, 1-1/2” and 2” bellows may be used in a pump. However, the total output must be limited to a maximum flow rate of 3000 ml/min.
Optimum Operating Conditions:
Optimum operating conditions consist of a 6” minimum suction life and a discharge head of not less than 6”. Pumps must be mounted vertically with the valve body at the top to obtain maximum metering accuracy. For conditions where a positive suction head condition exists, an anti-siphon spring or anti-siphon spring kit can be added to aid the poppet valve seal properly during operation. See Accessories PDF file in the Product Resources section located above right.
The flow rate of each bellows module is regulated by three factors:
- Diameter of the bellows,
- Speed of the gearmotor,
- Adjustment of the module stroke length.
The full stroke displacement and standard discharge pressure of the pump is dependent on the size of the bellows as shown below. If higher discharge pressure pressure is required, please consult factory for an OEM solution.
The ½” and ¾” bellows modules can be adjusted to 20% of maximum stroke length, while 1”, 1-1/2” and 2” bellows modules can be adjusted down to 10% of maximum stroke.
Note: Best priming and metering accuracy occurs when the stroke length is 50% or greater.
Standard Crank — Adjustment cannot be made while pump is operating. An adjusting screw changes the stroke length of an eccentric crank.
Compact Bellows Metering Pump Specifications:
Flow Rates — Range from 3.8 ml/min to 1620 ml/min, Tandem flow rates to 3,000 ml/min.
Max Discharge Pressures — Range from 5 to 30 psi depending on bellows size and pump configuration.
Max Fluid Temperature — To 140°F (60°C)
Note: Reduce pressure rating by 50% for fluid temperatures over 120°F (49°C).
Viscosity/Slurries — Maximum fluid viscosity is 5,000 centistokes. Poppet valves can handle fine slurries. Duckbill valves are recommended for heavy slurries or fibrous materials. Heavy slurries should be flushed from the pump before shutdown.
Note: All testing is done with water at an ambient temperature of 80 degree F. If specific gravity or viscosity of fluid being pumped is significantly greater than water (1.0), please consult factory.
Catalog gearmotors are available in 115V, 50/60 Hz or 220V, 50/60 Hz. Standard motor speeds are 45.6 and 90 RPM at 60 Hz and 38 and 75 RPM at 50 Hz. Motors are UL recognized and continuous duty rated with a minimum life expectancy of 2000 hours. Perpetual running of motor is not recommended. If a non-stop application is encountered, the Gorman-Rupp Industries Heavy-Duty Bellows Metering Pump is recommended.
Materials in Contact with Solution:
Connectors — Polypropylene
O-Rings (Elastomers) — EPT/EPDM, or Viton®/Fluoroelastomer
Poppet/Duckbill Valves — EPT/EPDM, or Viton®/Fluoroelastomer
Bellows — Standard Polypropylene Materials
Additional materials available, refer to OEM Section for details.
Compact Bellows Metering Pump Selection:
The pump selection procedure is detailed in the Pump Selection Guide link by navigating to the Product Resources pane (above right). Select a bellows size that meets your pressure requirements. Select a model with the bellows size that provides your required flow while operating closest to full stroke capacity. Best metering accuracy occurs when bellows modules operate at 50% or more of maximum output. For 24 hour continuous duty service, use one of the heavy-duty models.
Select a valve and O-ring combination and tubing connectors for each bellows from the selection charts at the end of this section. Specify duckbill valves if heavy slurries or fibrous materials are being pumped.
Refer to the Chemical Resistance Section to help determine compatibility.
GRI specializes in the design and manufacturing of customized pumps for the OEM market. Click here to see a listing of available OEM options.
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OEM Optional Model Voltages Available:
Other options available for the compact bellows pumps include duckbill valves, miniature switches to count strokes, stainless steel mounting brackets and splash covers.
Poppet Valves and O-Rings
The standard elastomers for the poppet valves and O-rings are EPT/EPDM and Viton®/Fluoroelastomer. These elastomers have historically been able to handle the vast majority of the applications in which we’ve been involved. However, Butyl, Hydrin, Kel-F®, Silicone and Nitrile can be supplied for chemicals requiring such materials.
Duckbill Valves and O-Rings
Duckbill valves are required in those applications where heavy slurries and fibrous materials are being pumped. Heavy slurries should be flushed from the bellows before pump is shut down. Duckbill valves are available in the same elastomers as the poppet valves.
Standard valve body on the compact pump is a 90° valve body. Vertical and T-head valve bodies can be substituted on all bellows sizes except the 1/2" bellows.
In addition to the standard options listed, cover options can also include different wire or cord lengths and terminations, strain reliefs and ground wires.
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