By John White of Fife, Scotland
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303 and 305 High-Capacity Positive Displacement Pumps
Above: Measuring epoxy is easier with positive displacement pumps.
For measuring epoxy accurately, Gougeon Brothers, Inc. has introduced high-volume epoxy pumps that are extremely robust. These pumps dispense epoxy faster than any pump the company has previously offered. The 303 and 305 Positive Displacement Pumps work by trapping a fixed amount of resin and hardener, then forcing (displacing) that trapped volume into the discharge pipe or system. The mechanics of this setup mean that increases in resin viscosity due to temperature changes will not slow dispensing speeds. Positive latching lids help prevent contamination of resins and hardeners.
The 305 Metering Pump is an excellent tool for measuring epoxy.
The new 303 Positive Displacement Pump is calibrated for WEST SYSTEM 3:1 ratio epoxies (105 Resin with 207 Special Clear Hardener or 209 Extra Slow Hardener) and is easily identified with a red base. The new 305 Positive Displacement Pump is calibrated for 5:1 ratio epoxies (105 Resin with 205 Fast Hardener or 206 Slow Hardener) and has a blue base.
Positive Displacement Pumps are also available with drum fittings. These connect directly to WEST SYSTEM Resin and Hardener drums so there is no need to decant materials. This setup conveniently streamlines the metering process for high-volume users, saving both time and money.
Several manufacturers offer high-volume pumps that deliver epoxy at upwards of several gallons per minute. Several well-respected pump manufacturers are listed at the end of this article. Their pumps are specially designed to meter epoxy resin and hardener simultaneously at specific ratios. Some of these pumps can meter resin and hardener through a static mixer, so additional mixing isn’t required.
For more information on mixing larqe quantities of epoxy, read Tom Pawlak’s Big Batch Mixing Methods.