Choosing the Right Pump

Transferring fluids like oils and lubricants between different holding tanks and various facilities is part of everyday operations. Each time the product transfers, there is a pump hard at work. With so many process variables, choosing the correct pump is a daunting task, but there are several specific metrics you can use to identify the best solution.


When choosing a transfer pump, you need to know the density and viscosity of the products you will be moving. The viscosity of oils and lubricants affects the rate at which the product can flow, and it also determines the shear properties. If the rotor of a pump is spinning too rapidly for a particular fluid, the pump may be okay, but excessive shear may irrecoverably damage the oil.

Flow rate

Most applications have a minimum volume requirement for dispensing or discharging product from one vessel to another. Flow rate represents the amount of product transferred in a specified amount of time, and it is impacted by many variables. A range of factors, including viscosity, application requirements, available power source, temperature, and other system components, such as meters and piping, affect flow rates.


The single largest determining factor for selecting the appropriate oil transfer pump is the application itself. When sourcing a transfer pump for oil or lubricants, it is of vital importance that the details of the application be fully understood. While it may appear that several different pumps are suitable for transferring your product at the desired rate, the small details help narrow your choices.

At Dixon Pumps, we are available to help you specify a solution that results in improved productivity and avoids the risk of downtime...give us a call!


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