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Properly Installing & Configuring Your AODD Pump

An air operated double diaphragm pump is a revolutionary technology that provides high performance pumping for a range of industrial applications. But, when it comes to installing and configuring an AODD pump, confusion can soon arise. It can be a complex process if you have no experience in configuration, and comes with high stakes. The smallest of mistakes can prevent an AODD pump from working as safely and effectively as it should. 

But, don’t fear – at PumpWorks, we advise how to properly install and configure your air operated double diaphragm pump below. 

1. Pick the right location 

An AODD pump is a sizable installation. It must be fitted on a flat, stable surface that can hold substantial weight. It should be close to your desired fluid source, too; AODD pumps are designed to transfer fluids at low flows and pressures, which is what makes them remarkably useful. As such, keeping your pump close to the fluid source minimises suction and reduces friction losses, which streamlines your operations. 

2. Double check that all of the connections are tight and leak-free 

When installing an AODD pump, a few steps must be taken after positioning and picking the right location. 

As this pump is air operated, the first step should be to use flexible tubing to connect your air supply line to the air inlet of the AODD pump. Then, you must connect your fluid lines to the inlet and outlet ports – these inlets are clearly demarcated on the pump itself, and are a major step in getting your diaphragm pump operational. 

Flexible tubing isn’t always the most suitable option for connecting fluid lines to an AODD pump, although this is relevant to our next point. We always recommend using fittings that can handle the unique characteristics of the fluid being transferred – for example, its temperature or density! Nevertheless, whatever pump components or fittings are right for your own air operated double diaphragm pump, it’s essential that the connections between them are tight and leak-free. This guarantees a safe and smooth operation in the long-term.  

3. When it comes to configuration, fluid characteristics are essential 

Though briefly mentioned, we cannot understate the importance of choosing the right pump components for your AODD set-up. From the ball checks, seat and diaphragm materials to the components of your pump fluid sections, everything must be appropriately chosen to meet the requirements of one thing – your fluid characteristics. Of course, whilst we at PumpWorks can recommend the right components and configurations for your AODD set-up, you should have a thorough understanding of the fluid you’re working with, chemical or not. 

What most of our customers overlook is the density of this fluid. To be specific, aside from having a consistent working temperature, the components of your AODD pump must be well configured to withstand the pressure and density of the fluid circulating through the chambers inside. This is particularly relevant for the ball checks of your pump – these ball checks have a specific gravity that relates to the density of the fluid, and their proper function can influence the effectiveness of your diaphragm pump.

For the affordable purchase of a new AODD pump, or even the repair of a pump you already have, contact PumpWorks. We handle all of New Zealand’s pump-related needs, and customers depend on us for a high quality product and standard of workmanship. Rest assured, we’ve got it covered.

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