This section provides an overview for high pressure pump as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 83 high pressure pumps manufacturers and their company rankings.
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High pressure pumps are pumps that operate using differential pressure and have high pressure for suction and discharge.
There is no clear definition of "high pressure" in terms of pressure values.
Depending on the manufacturer, the term "ultra-high pressure pump" is sometimes used for models with a performance of 1,000 MPa or higher, while other manufacturers use the same term for models with a performance of around 300 MPa.
Similarly, a pump that can achieve a high head (the height at which fluid can be pumped) is sometimes called a high pressure pump.
High pressure pumps are used in boiler feed pumps (BFP) for power generation, descaling pumps in the manufacturing process of washing machines, refrigerators, and automobiles, and in desalination technology (producing fresh water from seawater to be used as drinking water in regions with severe water shortages, such as the Middle East). The pumps are also used in a wide range of applications, such as desalination technology.
High pressure pumps are also used in high-pressure washers because of their ability to perform powerful cleaning and stripping with a small amount of water (so-called "jet cleaning").
High pressure pumps are exemplified by centrifugal pumps, which are non-volumetric pumps.
The ability of centrifugal pumps to generate pressure increases in the order of volute pumps, turbine pumps, and multistage volute pumps, and the principles of these types are discussed in turn.
A centrifugal pump has an impeller inside a casing, and a motor is used to rotate the impeller. When liquid is sucked in from the direction of the axis of rotation to which the impeller is attached, the liquid filled inside creates a pressure difference between the center and the periphery as the impeller rotates. When the liquid is sucked in from the low-pressure center, centrifugal force pushes it outward in the direction perpendicular to the shaft (centrifugal direction), and the pressure is further increased in the vortex chamber (volute) inside the casing and finally pumped out through the discharge port.
In the case of turbine pumps, in addition to this, fixed non-rotating blades called guide vanes are arranged around the periphery of the rotating impeller, and the speed of the liquid leaving the impeller is guided to the guide vanes, where it is gradually decelerated as it passes between the guide vanes and converted into pressure energy, which is then used for the discharge. This is how high-pressure liquid is finally discharged.
In a multistage centrifugal pump, the rotating blades and casing are stacked on a single shaft to increase the head in stages, thus enabling an even higher head to be achieved.
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Fluid Transfer Systems, Inc was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Novi, Michigan. Fluid Transfer Systems supplies fluid handling equipment for many industries including the automotive and agricultural. Fluid Transfer Systems’s equipment categories include agitators, filtration, plural component mixing, pressure tanks & packages, pumps & spray packages, regulators, and spray guns. Fluid Transfer Systems also offers complete custom systems such as pump circulation systems, 2K electronic proportioners, paint kitches, and finishing systems.
Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co., Inc. (Rapid Service) began in 1960 and currently operates in Paterson, New Jersey. Rapid Pump & Meter Service Co. primarily serves commercial services, municipal services, the industrial sector, and transportation industry both as a distributor and with service and support. As a distributor, Rapid Service offers several types of industrial pumps and industrial grinders of various sizes. Additional offerings include meters, controls, and mixers. As a service provider, Rapid Service offers emergency service, installation, design, engineering, retrofitting, troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair.
Carlisle Fluid Technologies is a conglomerate over many brands including BGK, Banks, DeVilbiss, Hosco, MS, and Ransburg. Through these brands, Carlisle Fluid Technologies globally distributes to industries such as aerospace, automotive OEM, automotive refinishing, general industrial, glass, protective coatings, and wood, solutions for numerous applications such as fluid and sealing needs. Carlisle Fluid Technologies’s product lines include diaphragm pumps, automatic applicators, air filtration, air regulators, hose and tube fittings, gas curing, inspection systems, nozzle cleaning systems, and more.
Based in Bayville, NY, SAE Manufacturing Specialties Corp. is an ISO-certified supplier and manufacturer of industrial equipment, chemicals, components, ordinance, electronics, and systems for industries ranging from aerospace to high tech to law enforcement. Examples of product offerings include raw materials, chemicals, and lubricants for industrial purposes to finished products such as security helmets for law enforcement, and military ordnances. SAE also provides research and development as well as technical support for other companies in similar industries.
Doering Company was founded in 1969 and operates out of Clear Lake, Minnesota. Doering is a distributor for pump-related products for markets such as marine, mining, industrial, energy, aerospace, forestry, and agriculture. Doering’s product lines include cartridge valves, hydraulic hand pumps, manifolds, mobile and agricultural valves, and hydraulic valves. Cartridge valves include directional control, flow control, pressure control, and load holding. Hydraulic hand pumps include dual-stage hand pumps and single-stage hand pumps. Manifolds and accessories include custom designs based on customer needs. Mobile and agricultural valves include directional-control and lock valves.
Alfa Laval Corporate AB was founded in 1883 and headquartered in Lund, Sweden. Alfa Laval serves energy, utilities, home, personal care, food, dairy, beverage, marine, transportation, pharmaceutical, biotech, water, and wastewater industries. Alfa Laval provides heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling products and solutions worldwide. Alfa Laval operates in three divisions: Energy, Food & Water, and Marine. Alfa Laval offers oil & gas-fired steam and composite steam boilers, exhaust gas economizer, and ballast water treatment systems, and exhaust gas cleaning products. Alfa Laval also provides sensing and control, cleaning validation, condition monitoring, agitators, tank, powder mixers, fittings, and tubes, as well as wall mounted cleaning nozzles, rotary jet and heads; and tank accessories and covers.
Dynalab Corp was founded in Rochester, New York in 1957. Together with its wholesale division, Dynalon Labware, Dynalab produces and distributes standard and custom-made scientific equipment and laboratory supplies across North America. Science equipment and sampling apparatus offerings include hygrometers, mailing point devices, rollers, water stills, powders, seals, various samplers, and drills. Some of Dynalab’s laboratory supplies include Azlon plastics, burn-up boxes, desiccators, hydrometers, pipettes, shields, stopcocks, tote boxes, tubing, and watch glasses.
HYDAC technology Corporation was founded in 1963 and has head offices globally. HYDAC is a manufacturer and designer of hydraulic, electronic, control, and fluid conditioning solutions optimized for mobile and industrial applications. HYDAC serves the agricultural, forestry, automotive, construction machinery, machine tools, material handling, mining, municipal, oil & gas, power generation, primary metals, pulp & paper, and wind energy markets. HYDAC’s product offerings include hydraulic and lube filters, accumulators, valves, cooling systems, electric sensors & controls, filter systems, and IoT diagnostics, process filters, fuel filtration, power units, cylinders, and related accessories.
Xylem Inc. was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia. Xylem engages in the design, manufacture, and servicing of engineered products and solutions for the water and wastewater applications across global markets. Xylem operates through three segments: water infrastructure, applied water, and measurement & control solutions. Xylem’s water infrastructure segment offers numerous products such as water pumps, filtration, disinfection, and biological treatment equipment. Xylem’s applied water segment distributes pumps, valves, heat exchangers, controls, and dispensing equipment systems. Xylem’s measurement & control Solutions segment offers devices such as smart meters, networked communication devices, data analytics, test equipment, controls, sensor devices, and software and managed services.
Fluitron began in the 1950s and was officially founded in 1976 and operates out of Hatboro, Pennsylvania. In 2022 Ara Partners acquired Fluitron and Bethlehem Hydrogen to establish a hydrogen platform. Today, Fluitron designs and manufactures precision technology for industrial gas compression. Fluitron’s standard products include pressure vessel fabrication and pressure pumps, as well as storage, dispensing, and cryogenic products. Fluitron also offers custom applications such as reactors, CO2 extraction equipment, and containment cells. Fluitron also offers services such as quality control, testing, and other custom designs.
Resato B.V. was founded in the 1990s in Assen in the Netherlands. Resato is a distributor off high pressure technology products used for cutting, pressure testing, controlling, injection, compression, filling, and forming. Resato’s product categories include waterjet cutting technology used in jobshops, automotive, and aerospace industries. Waterjet tools include cutting tables, cutting heads, cutting pumps, abrasive management, and software. High pressure technology products are used in the oil & gas industries and industrial sectors. Hydrogen testing and hydrogen refueling-related products and services are also available.
Haskel began in 1954 and is now part of Ingersoll Rand. Haskel is a designer and manufacturer of high-pressure industrial gas and liquid handling equipment in three categories: hydrogen refueling, products, and aftermarket. Hydrogen refueling includes, refueling stations, hydrogen compressors, hydrogen compression and transfer, hydrogen valves fitting and tubing. Products include liquid pumps, refrigerant pumps, gas boost compressors, air pressure amplifiers, packaged systems, spare parts, system components, and high pressure valves. Aftermarket support includes support for hydrogen stations, repair, maintenance, service, and spare parts.
MAXPRO Technologies was founded in 195 and is founded in Fairview, Pennsylvania. MAXPRO is a distributor for pumping products including air driven liquid pumps, gas boosters, air amplifiers, high-pressure valves, fittings, and tubing. Other products include high-pressure fittings such as adapters, bulkheads, couplings, crosses, elbows, nipples, and tees. Rental equipment and complete systems such as air amplifier systems, liquid pumping systems, gas booster systems, oxygen gas booster packages, portable test carts, high pressure test systems and custom systems are also available.
Wharton Hardware and Supply is a family-operated business that was founded in 1948 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has branched to several locations across the United States. Wharton operates in 3 segments: products, sales & rental, and services. The products segment includes road & bridge concrete accessories, safety equipment, abrasives and cutting tool products, plumbing-related products, topological products, fasteners, bits and drill equipment, as well as power tools. The sales & rental segment offers heavy duty construction equipment from major brands. The services segment includes repair and testing for tools and equipment.
Sterling Sterlco was founded in 1916 and distributes under M&M Control Service, Inc. is a specialist in industrial control units. Industrial control units are in two basic varieties: steam control family and temperature control units. Steam Control units include steam traps, Y strainers, temperature control valves, hand radiator valves, boiler feed pumps, condensate pumps, and centrifugal pumps. Temperature control units include portable chillers, central chillers, and water and oil temperature control units. Additionally, Sterling also manufactures pump tanks.
Metro Hydraulic Jack Co. is a third-generation family run business in operation since 1941. MHJ is based in Newark, NJ. MHJ distributes hydraulic jack-related equipment, tools, and parts including a broad range of cylinders, motors, valves, presses, couplings, tools, hydraulic fittings, hoses, jacks, pumps, lifts, lubrication equipment, pallet stackers, scissor lifts, and workholding devices. MHJ also offers system design services as well as engineering services and extensive repair including testing, retrofitting, and overhauling.
Brownlee-Morrow Company was founded in 152 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Brownlee-Morrow is a full-line pump and fan distributor as well as service provider serving the municipal, industrial air, liquid handling, power generation, mining, automotive, chemical, pulp and paper, primary metals, marine, and poultry industries. Brownlee-Morrow services include repair and field service, system design, and well drilling. Brownlee-Morrow’s products include air handling & control, air pollution control, fans and blowers, pumps, pump accessories, seal products, macerators, softstarters, conveyors, sludge treatment, and filtration.
Distributor to Industry, inc (dti) is based in Wichita, Kansas and has a history as a distributor going back over 40 years serving the oil drilling, rig, workover rig, and oil well pulling unit industries. dit offers 5 primary product categories: adhesives and sealants for aerospace, automotive, and industrial applications, air valves for marine, mobile, & oil field industries, air valves couplings & manifolds, pneumatic/hydraulic fittings & couplings, and fluid power process instrumentation & process control equipment.
Applied Process Equipment was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. Applied Process Equipment is a distributor of pumps, tanks, and water treatment equipment and services industries across the southwest United States including mining, power plants, waste & waste water, and other industries. Applied Process Equipment products include pumps & lift stations, fiberglass basins & steel tanks, and water treatment & arsenic removal. Water treatment pumps include metering, self-priming, slurry, ANSI, butterfly valves, screw pumps, and more.
Gainesville Industrial Electric Co. (GIE) was founded in 1959 in Gainesville, Georgia, where it remains today. GIE is an independent, EASA-approved, motor repairer and distributor. GIE offers electric motors from Marathon and GE, FPS Pumps, Barlow Pumps, Gould Pumps, gearboxes from Hub City Gearboxes and Bearings and Motovario Gearboxes and Motors, and variable frequency drives and inverters from Mitsubishi Inverters and TECO Westinghouse. GIE also offers repair services and is a factory authorized warranty center.
Pro Dyne Corporation (Pro Dyne) was established in 1985 as a manufacturers' representative agency covering the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Pro Dyne is headquartered in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Pro Dyne is now a regional distribution company and handles fluid handling products both in the United States and abroad. Six primary product lines Pro Dyne represents are Scot Pump, Young Touchstone, Weg Motors, Delavan Nozzles, Rub Ball Valves, and Pro Dyne SS Pumps.
Plastic Engineered Products, Co. is owned by the Ryan Herco Flow Solutions Company and is a a distributor of fluid handling, control and high value filtration systems for corrosive and ultrapure systems. PEP offers both sales as well as services. Sales offerings include tubing, hoses, measurement & control devices, housings, tanks, and pumps. Services include custom plastic & fiberglass fabrication while field servies include emergency repair as well as maintenance and testing as well as fabrication and welding.
Advanced Pump Company, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts. Advanced Pump Company is a distributor for pumps and related parts as well as electric motors fand maintenance and repair services and customized systems for industrial uses. Advanced Pump Company’s product categories include ai compressors, electric motors, pumps, and pump parts. Air compressors include air dryers, oil-less air compressors, piston compressors, rotary screw compressors, and rotary vane air compressors. Electric motors include general purpose, HVAC motors, and explosion proof motors. Pumps include AODD pumps, centrifugal, piston, gear, dosing, progressing cavity pumps, and more.
Kinnear Specialties, Inc. is a family-owned business founded in 1969 and based in Saint Helens, Oregon. Kinear Specialties is a manufacturer of custom hydraulic systems and a distributor of additional hydraulic machines, parts, and accessories. Kinnear Specialties has a broad line of products including hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, pumps, hydraulic accessories, and accumulators. Complete custom filtering and hydraulic systems are available. Kinnear Specialties, Inc. also provides, design, installation, and repair services for hydraulic parts and systems.
Koehler Rubber & Supply Co. (Koehler) was founded in 1917 and operates out of Independence, Ohio. Koehler is a distributor for specialty fluid application products. Product offerings include spray finishing equipment, fluid pumping and handling, lubrication, hoses, sealants, adhesives, meter mix, dispense systems, spray systems, hydraulic & pneumatic equipment such as adapters and fittings, and measuring devices such as gauges and thermometers. Koehler also offers value-added services such as system design, service & repair, maintenance training, operator training, and efficiency analysis.
Industrial Pump Sales & Service, Inc. is based in Tiverton, Rhode Island and is a distributor and service provider to industrial and commercial customers. Industrial Pump Sales & Service product offerings include air diaphragm pumps, sewage & sump pumps, magnetic drive pumps, progressive cavity pumps, ANSI process pumps, gear pumps, vertical turbines, boiler feed & condensate, drum pumps, diaphragms, pump systems, tanks, valves, and accessories. Additional services include repairs that are performed in shop or in field as well as custom pressure feed systems.
Midway Industrial Supply is based in Mounds View, Minnesota. Midway specializes in supplying industrial companies such as automotive, food & beverage, chemical, medical, pulp & paper, and OEMs with paint and powder application equipment and fluid management equipment. Some of Midway’s offerings include fluid pumping, transferring, dispensing, spraying equipment for paints, resins, adhesives, sealants, solvents, lubricants, inks, chemicals, foods, and sanitary products. Midway also offers services including repair, service, consulting, training, and technical information for customers.
Solar Biz Inc. began in the 1970s in Ft. Atkinson, Wisconson. Solar Biz offers complete solar panel systems for residential and commercial customers ranging from under 5 watts to over 400 watts. Systems include solar panel components with racking and mounting, inverters, power centers, solar charge controllers, batteries, and accessories, AC and DC enclosures, circuit protection, hydro and wind generators and accessories, water pumps and water filtering, tanks, heaters, hot tubs, rain catchments, and appliances such as fans, gas ranges, refrigerators and freezers.
Central Diesel, Inc was founded in 1972 by Martin R. Wittersheim and is located in Richmond, Virginia. Central Diesel is a distributor of marine, construction, mining, rental, industrial, military, state government, federal government, transportation, and agriculture industries. Central Diesel product categories include diesel engines, diesel engine electrical components, diesel engine filtration systems, diesel engine maintenance & repair, diesel engine turbocharger assemblies, diesel exhaust systems, fuel injection systems & parts, generators, and hydraulic hoses & fittings.
Automated Valve & Equipment Co. (AVE) was established in 1959 and operates out of Cleveland, Ohio. AVE is a distributor of valves and related products with the ability to provide custom specialty brackets, extension stems, and valve modifications. The valve automation segment features pneumatic control valves, electric control valves, modulating control valves, valve control devices, and remote valve operators. Industrial valves include ball, butterfly, & knife gate valves, gate, globe, & check valves, and control valves & regulators. Specialty valves and Pipe strainers are also available.
Founded in 1993, Liquidyne Process Technologies serves the dairy, brewery, distillery, biotech, pharmaceutical, & cannabis industries. Liquidyne offers a full line of sanitary and single-use products including process equipment components, sanitary equipment, single-use pumps and valves, single-use fittings and connectors, custom single-use assemblies, sanitary hose assemblies, sanitary valves, and single-use bioprocessing systems. Liquedyne produces all equipment in an ISO14644 Class 7-certified cleanroom has also attained 9001:2015, USP Class VI Testing, ASME Bioprocessing Equipment, and EHEDG certification status. Liquedyne also offers process optimization and on-site process audit & evaluation services.
Glauber Equipment Corporation (Glauber EC) was founded in 1960 and is based in Lancaster, New York. Glauber EC designs, manufacturers, and distributes pumping products and systems to markets such as biogas, power & utility, renewable natural gas, food & hygienic, industrial, and chemical markets. Glauber EC offers Renewable natural gas (RNG) systems for normal environments as well as hazardous areas and landfills. Glauber EC also offers compressed air, pumping, and environmental protection systems. Pumping systems include centrifugal pumps, positive displacement pumps, and blowers. Additionally, Glauber also offers industrial and small steam turbine packages.
Kinequip, Inc. was founded in 1946 in Buffalo, NY as a distributor of industrial parts, accessories, and kits. Today these offerings have grown to include motors, compressors, blower systems, clams, pumps, various fittings, gauges, and sensors, as well as pneumatic and high-pressure devices. Kinequip also serves as a distributor for individual device and parts manufacturers. Kinequip additionally offers custom-designed solutions ranging from R&D to unique components and special-made parts, as well as value added designs on demand.
Springer Pumps, LLC was established in 16 in Eastern Pennsylvania and isa distributor for fluid handling solutions for the food & beverage, CPI, personal care, utility, refining, power generation and industrial wastewater markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US. Springer Pumps specializes in pumps, mixers, product recovery systems, and tank cleaning components including diaphragms, metering, mixers, sumps, and accessories. Springer Pumps also offers aftermarket replacement parts, kits, mechanical seals, mixer parts, and heat exchanger parts.
Ryan Herco Flow Solutions was founded in the 1950s in California. RHFS sells and provides value added support for a wide variety of fluid handling and filtration needs. Product categories include tubing, hoses, piping, drain waste vent & containment, valves, measurement & control devices, fluid pumps, filters & housings, storage & containment tanks, heaters, mixers, and grating in addition to customized systems and material fabrication. Value added services include industrial service and repair of components, custom fabrication, and pump repair services.
Dunham Rubber & Belting Corp. (DRB) has been in operation since 1965 and is based in Greenwood, Indiana. DRB offers a variety of products and services, including conveyor belts and accessories, hydraulic hose and fittings, industrial hose and fittings, sanitary hose and fittings, material handling and ducting, sheet rubber and gaskets, UHMW, polycarbonate, and acrylic sheets, as well as supplies for the egg processing, brewery, distillery, and winery industries. In January of 2023, DRB was acquired by Belt Power, an independent distributor and fabricator of conveyor system components.
DXP Cortech was founded in 1987 and is based in Anaheim, California with offices across California and Nevada. DXP is a distributor of pumps and process equipment for food, pharmaceutical, industrial, mining, water P& wastewater treatment, energy, and wine industries. DXP provides services such as laser pump alignment, shop and field testing and calibration, on-site pump training, and design support and application engineering. A sample of DXP products include metering, screw pumps, submersible pumps, self-priming pumps, lobes, grinders, blowers and compressors, mechanical seals, and drums.
OTC Industrial Technologies, formerly known as OTP Industrial Solutions, was founded in 1963 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. OTC is and industrial distributor for automation machinery for industrial customers in industries such as steel production, paper, agriculture, process & manufacturing, and water treatment, across northern and northeastern United States. OTC’s product line includes individual parts such as bushings for power transmission or roller bearings, machines such as pumps and ovens, and systems including air filtration systems. OTC offers custom engineered solutions, engineered pump systems, rental options, and services and repair capabilities across the United States.
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