One of the most vital organs in your body is your heart. When your heart stops, so do you.
The same goes for your seed treatment equipment. The pump is the heart of your equipment. We design and manufacture our own diaphragm pumps, for transportation and dosing of the liquids, and over the years I’ve learned a lot about the importance of a reliable diaphragm pump.
The liquid treatments on the world market have diverse viscosity, which puts pumps through the ringer. A good diaphragm pump should be tested in-house to make sure it can handle any registered product on the market. Seed treating conditions are often tough. There can be really cold or hot conditions, or huge differences in temperature during the day.
A diaphragm pump that handles extreme temperature swings ensures you don’t encounter issues with your dosing rate, since you don’t have hoses that react to the temperature as in a peristaltic pump. It also provides you with a low life-cycle cost since you don’t get the wear that you get on squeezed hoses in a peristaltic pump. That lowers your maintenance costs significantly, and also saves you some risk of a major mess when one of those hoses breaks one day — and that day will probably be in the busy season when your pumps are working the hardest.
A reliable diaphragm pump should also perform in a variety of climatic conditions, both warm and cold, and also where there are major temperature differences during the day, like Australia. A lot of operators have a very short season for treatment, and it´s crucial that your equipment works reliably all through the season. There is no time for breakdowns.
Pumps don’t just transport liquid — they´re also significant to seed treatment application quality. A good pump must have a pressure equalization, to give you an even flow, which ensures you get a high dosing accuracy.
But a diaphragm pump is only as good as the care and maintenance it receives. After your treating season is over, it should receive some extra care. Examine your pump and change the membrane, which should be made of rubber and easily replaceable. Just as you care for your heart, your pump should be treated appropriately to ensure it lasts for many years and gives you the reliable performance you need.