How can there be an ROI with a hand pump?

Posted on August 15, 2018 | By The GoatThroat Team

GoatThroat Pumps, hereafter referred to as GT Pumps, are known to offer the best cost savings and Return on Investment for any company which periodically transfers ounces to gallons of fluids, flammable or otherwise.

Companies spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars annually on low cost hand pumps that are routinely replaced, whether monthly or quarterly.  They do not recognize this fact as such costs are treated an expense normal to the way of doing business.

GT Pumps provide totally safe and controlled delivery of chemicals through its engineered system. When chemicals cost hundreds of dollars a gallon, spills amount to hundreds a month and when recognized, the investment in a GT Pump is well made, paying for itself within a month or less.  Hence it is easy to recognize the Return on this pump Investment.    A further great payback is that these pumps are easily serviced, whereby a simple O-ring may be replaced after several years of operation; one user replaced the main plunger ring after 13 years of use, a documented fact.  These pumps are not classed as Throwaway.

Other benefits from using GT Pumps include the elimination of Repetitive Motion Disorders. Such disorders cost thousands of dollars both in medical expenses as well as the loss of operator hours not working. These routinely occur with the use of traditional rotary pumps which require constant operation to keep the fluid flowing.  GT Pumps only require infrequent hand operation which in fact may be eliminated by converting these pumps to a pneumatic state.

The term Best Practices has been given to GT Pumps by many users after realizing how the pumps operate and contribute to work place safety.  Ease of use, controlled deliveries of chemicals, elimination of VOCs through the fact that the containers, 5 gallon pails to 55 gallon drums are all sealed; these are benefits contributing to the bottom line of companies.  This sealed concept summarizes the benefits of GoatThroat Pumps.  It should be noted that the insurance industry is now encouraging its clients to adopt the use of GT Pumps, as they contribute to improved worker safety significantly.


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With A Chemical Spill, Prevention Beats Cleanup

Posted on August 14, 2018 | By The GoatThroat Team

[Originally published by Industrial Safety News) The majority of chemical spill problems occur while getting the chemicals out of the drums. Many small- to moderate-sized companies rely on workers to manually lift and tip the containers and pour the chemical into a smaller drum.  Spills are inevitable, and spill kits and related equipment are necessary. […]

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Safer Acetone Transfer in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Posted on August 8, 2018 | By The GoatThroat Team

Allergy Laboratories Inc., an FDA licensed pharmaceutical manufacturer of biological extracts for the diagnostic testing and therapeutic treatment of allergies, uses a sealed pump system to transfer acetone from 55 gallon drums to 1 gallon containers for a process to dry out pollen and mold.

According to Charles Cheek, facility manager for Allergy Labs, the pharmaceutical chemical delivery process must be very clean and no foreign material can be introduced into the acetone. Because acetone is highly flammable, he was concerned about using an electric pump that could potentially create a spark. As a result, he decided to purchase a pump that had no electrical or moving parts that could create a hazard.

“We’ve found GoatThroat pumps to be a much safer way to transport chemical liquids,” says Cheek, who utilizes a pneumatic adaptor accessory to supply pressure via in‐house compressed air. “There is no spillage, splatter, overpouring, leaking, or VOCs because the system is self‐contained. There is no sprayback and we do not get chemicals on our hands. It is a nice, clean delivery system.”

Besides enhancing safety, Cheek says a sealed system can prevent loss of expensive chemicals like acetone. “I haven’t lost any product due to the pumps. They eliminate evaporation, do not leak or drip, and I can adjust the flow to get the exact amount I need without spilling or overflow.”

Cheek says he also utilizes pumps to transfer corrosive chemicals used to remove scale from several boilers. Previously, he had to fill a glass beaker with the chemical, climb a ladder and pour the chemicals into the top of the tank. Now, that work is performed with the help of the pump and 6’ extension hose accessory to efficiently deliver the cleaning chemicals. “Every time inspectors come in, they say we have the cleanest boiler they have seen,” says Cheek. “With this chemical transfer system, I’m able to transfer exactly what I need to get the job done.”

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The High Cost of Exposing Workers to Chemicals at the Point of Use

Posted on August 4, 2018 | By The GoatThroat Team

“It can be catastrophic to a company if toxic or highly flammable material is accidentally released at the point of use,” says Deborah Grubbe, PE, CEng, and founder of Operations and Safety Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in industrial safety. “Companies have to assume that if something can go wrong during chemical transfer, it will, and take appropriate precautions to prevent what could be significant consequences.”

Every day industrial workers transfer potentially hazardous chemicals, such as solvents, acetones, lubricants, cleansers, and acids, from large drums into smaller containers, or into machinery. This transfer of chemicals at the point of use, however, can have serious consequences when manual “tip‐and‐pour” techniques or poorly designed pumps are used.

Whether the chemicals are toxic, corrosive, reactive, flammable, emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), or are even potentially explosive, the danger of accidental contact, even for short periods, can pose a severe hazard to workers. In addition to the potential for injury, there can also be serious financial ramifications for the facility involved. The risks include cost to treat injuries or perform cleanup, as well as workers’ compensation claims, potential liability, OSHA fines, loss of expensive chemicals and even facility/production shutdown.

“There is no such thing as a small fire in my business.”

Grubbe, who has 40 years of experience working in the chemical, oil and gas industries, including at DuPont, NASA, and for the U.S. military, says “Any time you lose containment, you have an issue that can spiral out of control.”

Corrosive chemicals, for example, can burn skin or flesh. Some chemicals are toxic when touched or inhaled. Cyanotic agents, for instance, can be particularly dangerous or even fatal, since they rob the body of oxygen. Many chemicals are flammable as well and can be ignited by even the smallest spark from nearby motors or other mechanical equipment. “There is no such thing as a small fire in my business,” says Grubbe.

In addition to cost of cleanup or treating injuries, there are also indirect costs that can be incurred. These include supervisors’ time to document the incident and respond to any added government inspection or scrutiny, as well as the potential for temporary shutdown of the facility. “The indirect costs can be as much as 2‐4 times the direct costs,” says Grubbe. “Not to mention potential liability, workers’ compensation issues, regulatory fines or potential actions from OSHA or the EPA.”

Sealed pump systems can dramatically improve the safety and efficiency of chemical transfer. “A sealed, contained system is ideal when dealing with a toxic, flammable, or corrosive liquid,” says Grubbe. “With sealed devices, like GoatThroat pumps, you can maintain a controlled containment from one vessel to another.”

Small, versatile, hand‐operated pressure pumps, such as those manufactured by GoatThroat Pumps, are engineered to work as a sealed system. The pumps can be used for the safe transfer of over 1800 industrial chemicals, including the most aggressive acids, caustics and solvents.

These pumps function essentially like a beer tap. The operator attaches the pump, presses the plunger several times to build up a low amount of internal pressure, and then dispenses the liquid. The tap is configured to provide precise control over the fluid delivery, from slow (1ML/ 1 oz.) up to 4.5 gallons per minute, depending on viscosity. Because such pumps use very low pressure (<6 PSI) to transfer fluids through the line and contain automatic pressure relief valves, they are safe to use with virtually any container from 2‐gallon jugs to 55-gallon drums.  Made in the USA, these durable systems will last for years.

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Use of Secured Sealed Pump Systems in an Explosion Proof Room

Posted on May 12, 2018 | By The GoatThroat Team

Although Design Mark Industries keeps its chemicals in a vented, explosion‐proof room, the supplier of membrane switches, keypads, and touchscreens sought to further improve the safety and efficiency of transferring acetone and acetate‐based chemicals from 55‐gallon drums into quart and 5‐gallon containers. The chemicals are used in the screen printing process of printed circuitry and graphic overlays.

Production Supervisor Vincent Francisco ruled out manual pouring because of the potential of injury and lack of control in dispensing. Instead, he utilized a variety of traditional pumps including rotary,
siphon, and lever‐action, but found them all unsatisfactory.

“I was replacing the pumps once or twice a year because they kept breaking down, delivered imprecise amounts, and were not designed as completely self‐contained, sealed systems,” says Francisco. After considerable research online, Francisco decided to utilize a sealed chemical pump system from GoatThroat.

“I consider using GoatThroat pumps a ‘best practice’ technique because the barrels remain upright and the entire system is sealed so there is never an issue with exposure or VOCs when transferring chemicals,” says Francisco. According to Francisco, the sealed pump system is intuitive to use because it operates like a beer tap. “Just pump the plunger a few times, open the spigot and dispense. You have full control over how much is dispensed – even the tiniest amounts – or you can leave it open for a continuous flow. It delivers the precise amount needed.”

Francisco adds that the pumps are built for longevity. Over the past 11 years, he estimates that his company has saved thousands of dollars by eliminating the cost of replacement pumps. “I’ve only replaced one of our three pumps over that time due to constant use, and we could have used it longer,” says Francisco.

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