How Sealless Pumps Meet VOC Sustainability Requirements

How Sealless Pumps Meet VOC Sustainability Requirements

Sealless magnetic drive pumps for the oil & gas industrySealless magnetic drive pumps provide many advantages including improved safety, productivity, and compliance in many fluid transfer applications. Two sets of magnets transfer power from the motor to the impeller of the pump to move fluid. Because the driven magnet is contained inside the impeller assembly, a solid barrier separates the two magnets and there is no possibility for leakage or emissions.

Advantages of Sealless Magnetic Drive Pumps

 Improved Safety 

Safe handling is a primary concern in any application involving toxic chemicals. Sealless pumps safely handle toxic and corrosive chemicals without the chance of leakage because there is no mechanical seal that could wear out and cause leaks. This makes it safer for maintenance personnel and operators who will not be exposed to hazardous chemicals or emissions. Improving workplace safety improves company morale and uses resources wisely with less accidents and time spent on medical claims and reports. 

Improved Productivity 

Sealless magnetic drive pumps do not require the maintenance that pumps with a mechanical seal require.  Maintenance tasks on sealed pumps can require removing the pump, decontaminating any toxic fluids, replacing the seal, and reinstalling the pump. This can be time-consuming and cause downtime while technicians perform maintenance and repair. Any downtime in a process hinders productivity and directly affects the bottom line.

By eliminating the maintenance required with sealed pumps, fluid transfer applications with sealless pumps can experience improved productivity.

Easier Compliance to Emission Standards 

Meeting emission requirements including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) are a primary concern of chemical transfer applications. Sealless magnetic drive pumps make compliance to local and federal emission requirements easier as well as those set by the American Petroleum Institute, API. API 685 is the standard which addresses the minimum requirements for sealless pumps used in heavy duty oil and gas and petrochemical applications. API 685 applies to both canned motor and magnetic drive pumps and is similar to API 610 which applies to the use of centrifugal pumps in the natural gas, petrochemical, and petroleum industries.

Sealless magnetic drive pumps are considered to provide greater sustainability over mechanical sealed pumps by eliminating the possibility of leakage of hazardous fluids. Mag drive pumps meeting API 685 requirements use a containment shell made from a highly corrosion resistant alloy which prevents fluids from leaking into the environment. A secondary containment system behind the shell is another feature of API 685 magnetic drive pumps, providing another layer of protection against leakage.

IPE Offers Sealless Magnetic Drive Pumps

 Illinois Process Equipment, IPE, offers sealless magnetic drive pumps from the top manufacturers in the industry including Grundfos, Flowserve Innomag, Pulsafeeder and others. Sealless pumps eliminate leakage of fluids which are hazardous, volatile, corrosive, or toxic, protecting against risk from exposure to these fluids, various acids, and flammable liquids.

Sealless pumps can safely handle fluid transfer applications with chemicals such as:

  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Sulfuric acid
  • Sodium Hypochlorite
  • Ethanol
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Many others

Magnetic drive pumps provide the safe transfer of fluid for these hazardous chemicals and many others in a wide range of applications.  IPE provides sealless mag drive pumps found in the following applications:

  • Chemical manufacturer including unloading, transfer and storage
  • Mining operations including leaching
  • Paper and pulp processing including leaching
  • Pharmaceutical processes including manufacturing and waste disposal
  • General industrial processes, cleaning, and sanitation
  • Steel production including pickling and etching

IPE is a leading Midwest supplier of pump process equipment, complete system design, installation and ongoing service and support.  We differ from other pump suppliers with our in-depth technical capabilities and responsiveness to our customers’ needs. Contact us with any questions about how sealless magnetic drive pumps can improve your process.