Danbury, Conn. (November 30, 2016) – Fluidics design expert Diba Industries, Inc. helped pump manufacturer KNF-Flodos eliminate leaks and launch its Simdos® 02 diaphragm liquid pump.
KNF manufactures a range of liquid and gas pumps, primarily for medical devices, laboratories and ink-jet printing. The Simdos 02 liquid pump was designed to handle hazardous acids and organic solvents in the laboratory environment. During prototype testing, KNF engineers discovered leaking caused by fittings not staying tight inside the smooth PTFE valve ports. Vibrations from the pump further aggravated this problem, causing fittings to unscrew from (or back themselves out of) the ports under normal operation. With the Simdos 02 pump’s intended use to handle aggressive and caustic chemicals, fluid containment was critical.
Changing the pump material from PTFE was not an option, as PTFE was required for its inert qualities when exposed to solvents and acids. KNF also found that flares on the tubing assemblies were not fitting tightly into the ports, disrupting the fluid path and contributing to the leaking.
To find an alternative connection and address these problems, KNF turned to Diba Industries. After analyzing the problem, Diba suggested glass-filled polypropylene fittings, which bite into the threads on smooth ports made of PTFE. Diba provided a complete tubing assembly with its flared tubing and glass-filled polypropylene fittings to ensure a leak-free connection.
Since adopting Diba’s tubing assemblies, KNF has been able to successfully launch the Simdos 02 with no reported leaks in the first year.
“It has been a very successful product,” said KNF Marketing Manager, Jean Delteil. “We spent a long time studying the market, so it has lots of good features, but if it didn’t have the right tubing and fittings it wouldn’t have been successful at all.”
KNF-Flodos is the world-leading supplier of diaphragm liquid pumps, designing and manufacturing high-quality and innovative products. The company specializes in producing custom pumps for OEMs and also support a range of standard laboratory pumps. KNF has four production sites globally and a liquid pump product design center in Sursee, Switzerland.