Industrial Pumps

Industrial pumps move liquids and slurries for various applications in water treatment, wastewater management, food processing, manufacturing, factories, plants, and worksites. There are several major types of industrial pumps that each work in different ways to transfer fluids. The main types of industrial pumps covered here include centrifugal pumps, progressing cavity pumps, and self-priming pumps. Each pump has its advantages and best uses depending on the application.

Centrifugal Pumps

Centrifugal pumps are widely used in industries to move fluids. They use the centrifugal force a rotating impeller generates to propel the liquid. When the impeller spins quickly, it pushes the fluid out like water being swung in a bucket. These pumps come in various sizes and configurations, suitable for pumping diverse fluids, including water, chemicals, and slurries. Ideal for high-flow, low-viscosity applications, the liquid gets expelled outwards into the pump casing before flowing through the outlet pipe.

Uses of Centrifugal Pumps

Centrifugal pumps have many industrial applications, including:

  • Transferring water, oils, and chemicals
  • Circulating water in heating and cooling systems
  • Moving liquids through pipelines
  • Feeding water to boilers and condensers
  • Transferring corrosive fluids


  • Simple Design: These pumps have few parts, making them easy to maintain.
  • High Flow Rates: They can move a lot of liquid quickly.
  • Uses: Common in industries like water treatment and chemical processing.


  • Efficient: They use energy well, which can save money.
  • Versatile: Can handle various liquids, from water to some chemicals.

Progressing Cavity Pumps

Progressing cavity pumps are positive displacement pumps, moving a fixed amount of fluid with each stroke. They excel in handling viscous fluids like slurries and sewage, mainly if the fluid contains abrasive solids or other particles. These pumps operate using a rotating screw inside a rubber stator, creating cavities that trap and convey the fluid to the outlet. The internal mechanism, shaped like a spiral, ensures the consistent movement of liquid from one end to the other.

Uses of Progressing Cavity Pumps

Progressing cavity pumps are commonly used to pump:

  • Sludges
  • Slurries
  • Viscous liquids
  • Food products
  • Mud and concrete

They excel at smooth, low-shear pumping.


  • Steady Flow: The liquid moves in a smooth, constant stream.
  • Handles Thick Liquids: Great for things like honey or sewage.
  • Uses: Often seen in oil, food, and wastewater industries.


  • Gentle Movement: It doesn’t harm sensitive liquids.
  • Less Clogging: Solids and particles in the liquid won’t easily stop this pump.

Self-Priming Pumps

Self-priming pumps are designed to draw fluid from sources like wells or sumps without needing a separate priming tank. Ideal for situations where the pump is positioned below the fluid level, these pumps come in various sizes and configurations to handle a broad range of fluids. Their mechanism is akin to drinking a thick shake with a straw; they eliminate the air first and then move the liquid. These centrifugal pumps have an integrated air separator and check valve system, enabling them to automatically reprime and evacuate air from the suction line before operation.

Uses of Self-Priming Pumps

Self-priming centrifugal pumps are ideal for:

  • Draining water or liquids from tanks and sumps
  • Transferring liquids over long distances
  • Applications where the pump may need to reprime frequently
  • Situations where the pump may run dry temporarily

They provide versatility for pumping fluids from depths.


  • Starts Easily: It doesn’t need to be filled with liquid before starting.
  • Handles Mixed Fluids: Good for liquids with some gas or air.
  • Uses: Popular in industries with liquids that have bubbles, like some chemical processes.


  • Less Work: You can skip filling it up to start.
  • Reliable: It can start and stop often without problems.

Choosing the Right Industrial Pump

We hope this page helps you understand more about industrial pumps. Each type has its particular uses and benefits. Need more information? Contact our team, and we’ll help you pick the right pump for your job.

The type of industrial pump you need will depend on the specific application. Here are some factors to consider when choosing an industrial pump:

  • The type of fluid you need to pump
  • The flow rate and pressure required
  • The viscosity of the fluid
  • The abrasiveness of the fluid
  • The solids content of the fluid
  • The operating temperature
  • The budget

Contact Us

Please contact Process Solutions International if you need help choosing the right industrial pump for your application. Our team of experts can help you find the perfect pump for your needs.


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MAKDADDY Centrifugal Pumps

MakDaddy’s PSI centrifugal pumps use state-of-the-art manufacturing and superior materials to offer unmatched reliability in harsh conditions. Available in seven sizes, these rugged pumps are skid-mounted for easy transport and setup.

Max2000 Progressive Cavity Pumps

MAX2000 Progressive Cavity Pumps

The MAX2000® Progressive Cavity Pumps offer precise fluid rate monitoring and a unique double-seal pin joint to prevent contamination. Designed for easy modifications, these rugged, skid-mounted units are essential for industries ranging from environmental remediation to food service.

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3″ & 4″ Super Mak Self-Priming Pumps

3″ and 4″ SUPER MAK Self-Priming Pumps are renowned globally for their durability, versatility, and cost-effectiveness in various environments, including fresh water, sea water, and mud. Their parts are easily interchangeable with other suppliers, enhancing project efficiency and convenience.


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