Chemicals are an important material in the manufacture of a variety of products. Even if a product doesn’t directly need a chemical as a manufacturing material, there will still be a need to pump fluids along the factory to cool the machines that are being used. And then there’s all the waste material that needs to be pumped out of the factory as well.

There are two kinds of pumps that are used in factories all over Mexico. There’s the conventional pump that uses a shaft to move fluids and then there’s the magnetic drive pump that uses an external magnetic force to move fluids. Both of these have been used as chemical pumps in Mexico but due to safety reasons, magnetic pumps are preferred for chemical use.

This doesn’t completely remove the conventional pump out of the equation either since there are still a certain number of things that it does much better than its magnetically driven counterpart. For instance, magnetic pumps are horrible at pumping solid waste particles, even if they’re at a very low percentage.

Magnetic pumps also require more power than conventional pumps but since conventional pumps have been found out to have a higher risk of chemical leakages and evaporation, they are preferred for the movement of chemicals. They are also the more expensive of the two; however, they only need to be maintained once in every 10 years or so. This means that factories that use magnetic pumps are also more likely to face lesser downtime due to maintenance.

In the end, both pumps have different applications that they’re suited to and using them interchangeably can leave the factory open to a number of risks that are best avoided.

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