KNF announces FK 1100: A revolutionary low pulsation liquid diaphragm pump delivering up to 12L/min.

KNF’s new FK 1100 diaphragm liquid pump is one of the most advanced solutions on the market for gentle, low-pulsation flow. The 12 L/min flow rate doubles KNF’s previous maximum for liquid diaphragm pumps. This pump is robust, adjustable, and offered in a variety of application-friendly materials.

KNF USA FK 1100 low pulsation liquid diaphragm pump

The FK 1100 has only one inlet and one outlet, despite having three diaphragms. These are offset by 120° from each other while connected in parallel, resulting in very low pulsation and minimal shear forces. Intensive testing has proven that the pump easily achieves pulsation values below 200 mbar at the inlet and outlet. This gentle conveyance spares fragile system components and media elements from potential damage.

The pump has a highly durable design with a die-cast aluminum housing and high-torque motor options that provide continuous operation with up to 87 psig back pressure. Even at this high pressure, the FK 1100 still delivers an impressive 8 L/min.

This pump is self-priming with a 13.5 inHg suction height. It is also able to run dry which reduces the need for additional equipment, offers more flexibility in planning, and allows for faster and easier system integration.

Versions are available in a variety of carefully selected materials, such as NSF-certified materials for food applications and chemically resistant elastomers. Customers can also choose between different drives, such as brushless DC or single-phase AC motors. The speed of the brushless DC motor can be controlled using analog or digital PWM signals, permitting lower flow rates if desired.

Applications for the FK 1100 include transfer, recirculation, temperature management, and aspiration of liquids in a wide variety of industries: industrial inkjet printing, cleaning and disinfection, fuel cells, medical device, lab equipment, chemical and agriculture, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, computers/electronics, semiconductor, and solar energy.

For more information, visit knfusa.com/FK1100

KNF Introduces FP 400 Low Pulsation Diaphragm Pump

New product is designed for recirculation applications in a diverse set of markets

The FP 400 is a next-generation diaphragm pump from KNF. It combines the traditional advantages of diaphragm pump technology — self priming, the ability to run dry, and long, maintenance-free lifetime under continuous-operation conditions — with a pulsation level comparable to gear pumps.

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Pulsation for new FP 400 is less than 150 mbar. Levels far below this are achievable, depending on system tubing hardness, tubing inside diameter, and flow path length/configuration. The pump delivers up to 5 L/min of liquid at back pressures to 15 psi, with complete linear control of flow between 10% and 100% of the nominal flow rate. Pump flow is fully stable with fluid viscosities ranging between 1 and 150 cSt. The pump handles viscosities up to 500 cSt with some flow rate reduction.

KNF designed the FP 400 specifically to provide gentle, low-shear conveyance of sensitive media. Other strengths of this innovative new pump include very low vibration, a noise level below 55 dBA, chemically resistant flow path material options for use with aggressive media, and an IP65 protection rating.

The many benefits of FP 400 make it particularly well suited for recirculation applications in a diverse set of markets, including:

  • Inkjet Printing: UV, water-based, and solvent ink recirculation to prevent pigment precipitation; ink temperature management; and meniscus control. Glaze, varnish, and hot-melt recirculation. Major global printer and ink manufacturers have already tested the FP 400 intensively for 18 months, raising much interest.
  • Medical Device: Temperature management, including aesthetic laser cooling systems.
  • Semiconductor: Temperature management/cooling, particularly in systems with sensors sensitive to pulsation.
  • Fuel Cells: Fuel recirculation and membrane hydration.

 

Learn more at knfusa.com/FP400

KNF LAUNCHES NEW COMPACT HIGH-FLOW GAS PUMP

NMP830.1.2 HP from KNF

KNF has introduced new micro gas pump NMP830 HP for OEM customers. This new diaphragm pump offers outstanding high flow, pressure, and suction performance in a compact size. It is ideal for medical therapy, monitoring, and reprographic applications.

Compact NMP830 HP measures just 31mm (1.25”) in width. Yet it produces free flow up to 5.5 L/min with a single head design and to 10 L/min with a dual head. Furthermore, this pump produces best-in-class pressure of up to 3.0 bar g (43.5 psig) and vacuum down to 50 mbar absolute (28.4 inHg).*

The new NMP830 HP is an extension of KNF’s NMP series. This latest addition to the line offers a 33 – 44% increase in flow-to-size ratio compared to existing NMP850 and NMP830 models, respectively. Vacuum and pressure performance are also significantly improved at a comparatively smaller size and lower weight.

Thanks to its compact size, high performance, and quiet operation, the NMP 830 HP pump is particularly well-suited for use in patient monitoring, wound and compression therapy, and respiratory care devices. Additional applications that will benefit from the pump’s features include environmental and security monitors, inkjet printing and color printers/plotters, lab equipment, fuel cell technology, and more.

Available with brushed and 2- or 4-wire brushless DC motors. Standard offerings include EPDM and PPS wetted components. All KNF pumps are engineered for success by optimizing pump solutions to meet customer’s specific requirements.

*NMP830.3 HP model.  Contact us for more information.

 

For more information, please visit www.knfusa.com/NMP830HP

KNF pumps launched into space

Liquid pumps made by pump technology leader KNF were on board an HTV-7 unmanned cargo spacecraft launched from Japan on September 23, 2018. Destined for the International Space Station (ISS), the spacecraft and its vital payload successfully docked three days later.

KNF’s first ever space-worthy liquid pumps are part of a new Life Support Rack for the International Space Station. Also known as an Advanced Closed Loop System (ACLS), the rack purifies air and produces oxygen for the ISS. It was developed by Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency (ESA).

Engineers at KNF Flodos AG in Switzerland worked with Airbus for four years to specify and design the pump, which is based on KNF’s proven FEM 1.09 dosing pump. The project was part of Airbus’s COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) program, which uses well-established components to reduce the price tag for space flight.

The new ACLS rack will be installed in the ISS’s Destiny module (also known as the US Lab) by ESA astronaut and ISS commander Alexander Gerst on November 2, 2018. The technology is critical for achieving the closed loop life support system necessary for human space flight beyond low Earth orbit.

The two KNF pumps form part of an electrolyzer that produces oxygen and hydrogen from water. The pumps transfer supply water from a plastic bag into the ACLS, a key job since the oxygen produced is used to replenish the cabin air. The ACLS uses a Sabatier reactor to further increase system efficiency and reduce water consumption on the station.KNF Space Pump

According to the Senior Engineer at KNF Flodos in Switzerland, this was a unique and exciting opportunity for the engineering team. “Complying with the specifications for the COTS program was an interesting and challenging task. We had to keep the key components of the standard FEM 1.09 pump to ensure it maintained its reliability and specifications but make significant design modifications.”

The new, space-worthy KNF pump features several adaptations to the pump exterior, including:

  • Stainless steel housing
  • Vacuum-rated ball bearings
  • Stainless steel fittings for the fluid connections
  • Integration of a space-rated drive motor (which had to be achieved within a very short timeframe).

KNF is proud to have taken part in this project with Airbus Defense and Space and to prove that KNF was able to provide a solution for this demanding application.

ISS

ISS

New Kids on the Block

TIPS FROM THE SERVICE BENCH

Phillips and Allen have dominated machine, sheet metal and cap screws for a long time. They are popular, easy to use and easily recognizable. But Phillips and Allen are looking over their shoulders! There are a couple of New Kids on the Block!

The new kids’ names are Torx and Pozidriv. The names may sound foreign but they fit right in the machine screw neighborhood. More surface area and better geometry make these screws more resistant to cam-out — or stripping — as it is more widely known. KNF is still utilizing Phillips and Allen head screws but Torx and Pozidriv are definitely making their presence felt.

TORX

Figure #1 (click to enlarge)

Torx are called “star drive” by some, as the recess resembles a 6 pointed star. The six points of contact engagement allows for higher torque being applied than a conventional Allen hex drive of the same size. Torx sizes are denoted by a T, followed by a number from 1 to 100. Common sizes used for KNF products include T6, T10, T15, and T25.

Various Torx screws and drivers are depicted in Figure #1 (left); shown clockwise (from top-left): various Torx screw heads, Torx handles, Torx driver, Torx black & white image.

POZIDRIV

Figure #2 (click to enlarge)

Pozidriv screws are almost a cousin to Phillips. The Pozidriv (sometimes spelled incorrectly as “Pozidrive”) is actually an improved version of the Phillips screw drive. The name is short for Positive Drive. This screw recess is very easy confused with Phillips if not noticed. Using a Phillips driver for Pozidriv screw recesses can easily result is a stripped head due to the different geometry of the driver itself. The Pozidriv has additional ribs in the driver tip which are received by the secondary web of the Pozidriv screw itself. This extra feature provides more turning strength due to the higher tool engagement. Figure #2 show various Pozidriv screws and drivers; shown clockwise (from top-left): Pozidriv screw heads, Pozidriv handles, Pozidriv driver, black & white image of Pozidriv.

Pozidriv drive bits are designated by the letters “PZ” plus a size code of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. Common at KNF are the 0, 1, and 2 sizes. The drivers themselves will have a PZ marking and size code, and possibly the Pozidriv image on the handle butt.

The Pozidriv screws are visually distinguishable from Phillips by a set of radial indents set at 45° from the main cross recess on the head of the screw. These markings are sometime hard to see on plated or treated screws as the treatment may fill in the slighter 45 degree markings.

Please take care to look at these screws carefully before removing for service. Using the right driver will make your servicing quick and efficient. If you are in doubt of which screw is used on your KNF pump, please contact us. We are here for you.

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD

They don’t make things the way the used to, and this can be a good thing, since the latest tools usually incorporate technological advances that improve performance. Please give the “New Kids on the Block” a chance, they are proving to be hard workers!

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100,000 Hours and Counting!

On February 4, 2005, KNF USA engineers entered the temperature-controlled space of the “Life Test Room” in Trenton, NJ to initiate prototype testing for a specially-modified version of the KNF N 838 series diaphragm pump. At the time, the custom-designed OEM vacuum pump was being developed for a Fortune 100 medical device manufacturer, as an integral component of their immunoassay and clinical chemistry analyzer. The KNF pump would need to perform its duty – vacuum aspiration of biological samples – quickly and quietly, while ensuring precision and durability over the life of the pump. Like all spec-driven KNF project pumps, the custom-engineered N 838 vacuum pump was to undergo substantial testing to ensure accuracy, reliability, and overall quality.

KNF Life Test Room

A peek inside the carefully controlled conditions of KNF’s Life Test Room

Among all tests performed by the KNF R&D team, the Life Test may be the most valuable as it simulates the rigorous operating conditions often found in real-world environments – providing valuable data which is used to further improve pump performance. KNF pumps that undergo this particular test are operated under a continuous duty cycle, at high load, in unfavorable temperatures. Collectively, these test settings amount to what KNF Engineers use to determine a “worst case scenario”. In short, the Life Test is employed as a means to identify specific opportunities for improvement, while simultaneously gauging the life span of the pump in its current configuration.

The specially-modified version of KNF’s N 838 diaphragm vacuum pump has been running in a controlled test environment since Feb. 4, 2005.

Remarkably, from the date this post is written, over 12 years (105,189 hours) have passed since Life Testing began for this special N 838 project pump. You read that correctly; the incredibly durable N 838 pump is still running strong after more than a decade! This impressive test run time represents the longest continuous duty timeframe ever recorded at KNF Neuberger. It should also be noted that this record-setting operating life was achieved with only a few minor updates including diaphragm replacements at 30K and 60K hours. Despite advancements in both pump technology and testing procedures, engineers at KNF will continue to operate this extraordinarily resilient pump, in the Life Test Room, until it has completed a full lifetime…whenever that may be.

To put this unbelievable achievement into perspective, we have compiled a list of historical events* that have occurred since the start of the N 838 project pump Life Test:

  • 2005 (Aug) – Hurricane Katrina makes landfall, devastating the US Gulf Coast
  • 2006 (Jul) – Twitter is launched
  • 2007 (Jun) – Apple releases the iPhone
  • 2008 (Nov) – The United States elects Barack Obama president
  • 2009 (Jul) – Roger Federer wins record 15th grand slam at Wimbledon
  • 2010 (Oct) – All 33 Chilean miners are rescued after being trapped for a record 69 days underground
  • 2011 (Apr) – Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee
  • 2012 (Nov) – Scientists detect evidence of light from the universe’s first stars
  • 2013 (Jul) – Detroit, Michigan becomes the largest U.S. municipality to file for bankruptcy
  • 2014 (Mar) – Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappears kicking off the most expensive search effort ever
  • 2015 (Oct) – China announces the end to their one-child policy after 35 years
  • 2016 (Nov) – Donald Trump is elected President of the United States
  • 2017 (Jan) – World’s largest dinosaur footprint (1.7 meters) found in Western Australia

* events chosen, at random, from www.onthisday.com

New Flow-Tight, Diaphragm Liquid Transfer Pump Prevents Uncontrolled Flow

New, FL 10 Diaphragm Liquid Transfer Pump Prevents Uncontrolled Flow

KNF’s newest liquid transfer pump, the FL 10, is leak-tight in both directions, preventing uncontrolled flow and back-flow of liquid media when not in use. The latest addition to KNF’s extensive line of diaphragm liquid transfer pumps, the FL 10 offers many advanced features, and provides a considerable advantages over similar competitive products.

Leak-tight Diaphragm Liquid Transfer Pump

Featuring a solenoid-drive, and leak-tight valve technology, the compact FL 10 liquid transfer pump displaces fluid at a flow rate of 0 – 100 mL/min. Additionally, a signal frequency modulation feature enables quick and easy flow rate adjustments, saving time and money. Finally, like all KNF diaphragm liquid handling pumps, the FL 10 is self-priming, dry-run safe, and maintenance-free – offering outstanding performance longevity and an extraordinarily long service life (10,000 hours or 1.8 billion strokes).

To learn more about the leak-tight FL 10 liquid transfer pump visit knfusa.com/FL10

College Students Use KNF Pumps to Fuel Racing Success

Wisconsin undergraduates have a need for speed.

Students from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) have been getting in the competitive spirit in an effort to create and race the most energy-efficient cars.

Consisting of undergraduates ranging from freshmen through juniors, these students are part of their university’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) branch. As the organization operates solely on outside funding, KNF has sponsored these adventurous and ambitious students in their racing endeavors through the donation of needed liquid diaphragm pumps.

Joe Pechstein and team pose for a photo at the Shell Eco-marathon flanked by their vehicles.

Overseen by project manager Joe Pechstein, a junior, the group participates in two annual events: the Shell Eco-marathon, which took place in April 2017, and the SAE Supermileage competition, which took place in June 2017. Continuing an almost ten-year tradition of entering these selective competitions, Pechstein supervises the building of two vehicles for the former competition and one vehicle for the latter.

The mechanical engineering major recognizes the challenges involved, stating that the race is “a test of the driver’s skill, the design’s endurance, and the design itself.” With all design and testing done by students, the competitions represent the future of motor engineering.

To get the highest fuel economy possible while still meeting lap times, these twenty-five students use KNF’s NF 1.25 RPDC for their fuel system. These compact and powerful KNF pumps are used for engine dynamometer testing which typically determines the torque or power characteristics of a machine under test. Though dynamometers can also be used for standard emissions testing cycles such as those defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The vehicle itself is a three-wheeled device with optimal aerodynamic features. Convenient in its small and lightweight design, the KNF pumps allow for an appropriate pressure range and high enough fuel output to guarantee full speed ahead.

A photo of the course which is usually a motor racing track or a closed off city street.

How did these students fare in the competitions? At the Shell Eco-marathon, the gasoline vehicle came in 14th place out of 30 at 588 mpg, while the electric vehicle came in 9th place out of 17 at 120 mi/kwh. Having made their mark in the gasoline vehicle category, Pechstein admits that “we have been steadily improving our fuel economy over the past three years.” In the SuperMileage competition, they came in 8th place out of 16 at 442 mpg, and an impressive 3rd place in their design report. Of KNF’s contribution, Pechstein adds that “the pumps were ideal” in helping to reach the finish line.

The team at KNF offers our congratulations to MSOE’s Society of Automotive Engineers! We know they have a bright future ahead.

The Bear, The Pump, and Three Forks: A Tale of Sabotage Near Godfather Lake

From the time KNF was founded, “durability” has been one of the most distinguishing traits of our pumps. We feel a strong sense of pride whenever our customers use adjectives such as: “strong”, “enduring”, and “tough” when describing our products. That said, there are rare occurrences when a KNF pump succumbs to unusually extreme punishment. Not too long ago, a KNF customer, Brian Jarrell, informed us of one such example.

Brian is the Recreation Director at The Lodge and Spa at Three Forks Ranch, a luxury Resort and Spa approximately 40 miles north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The sprawling, 50,000-acre resort offers beautiful landscapes, scenic mountain vistas, various year-round activities, and upscale amenities. As part of his duties, Brian is responsible for maintaining ponds and other natural features across the huge property. To that end, many bodies of water around The Lodge, including nearby Godfather Lake, are equipped with solar-powered aeration systems. These aeration systems employ KNF N 828 gas pumps to inject air into the water for improved clarity and quality. When Brian needed help with his system’s pump, he called KNF and told us his wild story of a shaggy saboteur.

A visitor admires the wildlife & natural beauty of Three Forks Ranch (photo via threeforksranch.com)

One day, while making his usual checks around the property, Brian approached a pond to find that the nearby aeration system was completely silent. As he examined the control box, it became evident that the protective cover had been completely ripped off. According to Brian, a large black bear – 7 feet tall and 450 pounds – had destroyed the cover protecting the aeration system’s electronic components. As bad luck would have it, heavy snow soon fell over the exposed electrical components of the system, short-circuiting one of the two KNF pumps inside.

These circumstances are certainly extraordinary, and even frightening considering that a huge bear was probably lurking nearby while Brian was examining the damage from only a few hours earlier. However, according to Brian, scenarios involving wild animals are nothing unusual in his line of work. “We have had animals destroy our property in the past – problems with elk and bear chewing wires.” Brian calmly elaborated, “They are typically searching for food when they stumble onto a piece of equipment and become very curious. This bear may have been bored and was likely looking for something to do.” Well it certainly appears that this bear found something to do! On the bright side, this was the very first incident involving aeration systems on the property. Prior to the curious and destructive bear, both system and pump were “running just as strong as when they were originally installed” in 2004.

The suspect: Ursus americanus aka American Black Bear

The suspected saboteur: Ursus americanus (aka American Black Bear)

After finding the mauled machine, Brian soon contacted a KNF Technical Sales representative and, after a “painless and easy” conversation, he was on his way to receiving a replacement pump. When asked about the required repairs, Brian seemed almost relieved, “The whole thing was taken care of within a matter of hours. I am very appreciative of KNF”. In fact, he rates his experience with KNF a 10 out of 10. We’re glad to know that Brian’s experience was  positive, and we hope that the local black bear population seeks entertainment elsewhere in the wilds of Colorado.

Former MythBuster Delivers Keynote at Pacific Design & Manufacturing Event

Former MythBuster Jamie Hyneman at Pacific Design & Manufacturing

Jamie Hyneman, former MythBuster, speaking at Pacific Design & Manufacturing event (source: Pinterest)

This year, guests of the recently re-branded Pacific Design and Manufacturing event received a special treat as Jamie Hyneman – the famed, former co-host of The Discovery Channel’s popular television series, “MythBusters” – delivered the keynote speech. During his speech, Mr. Hyneman communicated the value of hard work, and also referenced the importance of constant improvement through his own love of tinkering. The honorary Doctor of Engineering stated, “Science isn’t done by people in lab coats. It is done by people that want to do a good job at figuring something out”. With talk of science and tinkering, it is no surprise that the 2017 keynote speaker was able to connect with his audience. After all, there were thousands of engineers in attendance of the annual conference, most of whom share a love of tinkering.

Though Jamie Hyneman has since moved on from Myth Busters, and The Discovery Channel has stopped production of new episodes, it has not stopped millions of fans from holding the show in high regard for its creative and courageous (often crazy) engineering. For example, many at KNF recall an episode that first aired on July 12, 2006 titled, “Crimes and Myth-Demeanors (part 1)“. During the episode, the crew attempt to debunk robbery and break-in scenarios so often depicted in Hollywood movies. Things get interesting when Jamie Hyneman and co-host Adam Savage begin development of their own gadgets: super-magnets, and suction cups, respectively. The peculiar devices were custom-engineered to assist the show hosts with an air duct climb).

KNF N 828 vacuum pump

KNF N 828 vacuum pump

What makes this episode particularly memorable to KNF USA associates is the vacuum source used for Adam’s suction cups – a KNF N 828 Diaphragm Vacuum Pump! The lightweight, oil-free KNF N 828 vacuum pump performed admirably to spec, pumping to 100 mbar of absolute vacuum via the suction cups on Adam’s hands and feet. However, in the end, both co-hosts were unable to climb the flimsy air duct without considerable noise, thus being anything but stealthy. Another Myth Busted. Later in the episode, Adam used his KNF N 828 vacuum pump powered suction cup rig to climb eight stories up the outside of a glass building before becoming too exhausted to continue. But not before further demonstrating the power of the KNF N 828 diaphragm vacuum pump!