How do peristaltic pumps work - industrial

Peristaltic pump working principle

Peristaltic pump working principle

How do peristaltic pumps work?

Rollers or shoes in a peristaltic pump compress the tube or hose as they rotate, creating a vacuum which draws fluid through the tube.

Nothing but the pump tube or hose touches the fluid, eliminating the risk of the pump contaminating the fluid, or the fluid contaminating the pump. The animation shows fluid being drawn into a pump tube, trapped by the pumphead roller, and expelled when the next roller passes over the tube. As the rollers rotate, a vacuum is formed in the tube, pulling in more fluid, for the next roller pass.

The complete closure of the tube when is it occluded (squeezed) between the roller and the track, gives the pump its positive displacement action, preventing backflow and eliminating the need for check-valves when the pump is not running.

Graphical demonstration of how a peristaltic pump works

Why choose a Watson-Marlow industrial peristaltic pump?

Working closely with our customers, we demonstrate how our pumps ensure accurate metering, transfer and filling, to deliver significant process efficiencies with extremely low maintenance and low whole life cost.

Our range of industrial peristaltic pumps

  • MasoSine for food and beverage

    MasoSine for food and beverage

    The pump of choice for the food industry

  • Watson-Marlow process pumps

    Watson-Marlow process pumps

    Four drive options, colour display and intuitive menu structures provide visual status indication and minimal key presses across the range of pumps.

  • Bredel hose pumps

    Bredel hose pumps

    Offering maximum reliability and lowest maintenance in tough, high flow applications, Bredel pumps save time and money.

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