A peristaltic pump is a precision-engineered solution for fluid handling. Thomas offers a wide range of customized peristaltic pumps tailored for industries like medical, laboratory, and more. Choose from self-priming, dry-running pumps, with flow rates from 0.1 ml/min to 3000 ml/min, and high-pressure models up to 10 bar. A variety of tubes adapted to your requirements are available, ensuring contamination-free fluid transport, and optimal efficiency and accuracy.

What Are Peristaltic Pumps? What is Peristaltic Technology? 

Peristaltic pumps, also known as tube or hose pumps, operate on a unique principle inspired by peristalsis in biological systems. These pumps consist of a circular casing enclosing a flexible tube that is rhythmically compressed and released by rollers or shoes. This mechanism propels fluids forward in a pulsatile manner, mimicking natural processes and ensuring a hygienic, contamination-free environment. At Thomas, we offer an array of peristaltic pumps that embody this technology, providing precise fluid-handling solutions across diverse industries and applications. 


Where Are Peristaltic Pumps Used? 

Peristaltic pumps have transcended traditional boundaries to become a cornerstone of precision fluid handling across a myriad of industries. Their versatile and hygienic nature, combined with the ability to gently transport shear-sensitive substances, makes them indispensable in various applications. Below, we delve into the diverse industries and specific use cases where peristaltic pumps shine: 

  • Medical and Laboratory Applications: Safeguarding sterile fluid delivery, controlling dialysis flow, handling bioprocessing, and enhancing equipment sanitation in medical settings.
  • Industrial Sectors: Efficiently managing condensate removal and precise dosing of cleaning agents.
  • Food and Agriculture: Ensuring precise dispensing of ingredients, chemicals, and aiding agricultural nutrient management.
  • Environmental and Analysis: Contributing to wastewater treatment efficiency and accurate gas analysis condensate removal in environmental monitoring."

What Are the Advantages of Peristaltic Pumps?  

Peristaltic pumps excel in their gentle handling of shear-sensitive substances, ensuring contamination-free fluid transport, versatile flow regulation, and resilience to particle contamination. As mentioned previously, these attributes make them invaluable across industries. 

Thomas Peristaltic Pumps amplify these advantages with precision engineering: 

  • Gentle Fluid Handling: Thomas pumps uphold the highest standards of substance integrity, crucial in medical applications like sterile fluid processing. 

  • Hygienic Transport: The design ensures contamination-free processes, making Thomas pumps ideal for dialysis and bioprocessing. 

  • Adaptable Flow Control: Thomas pumps offer unparalleled precision in dosing applications, such as the accurate dispensing of additives and chemicals. 

  • Particle-Resistant Performance: Resilience against particle contamination is evident in industrial scenarios like condensate removal, guaranteeing fluid quality. 

  • Robust Dry Running Capability: Thomas pumps endure dry running, supporting continuous and reliable fluid management, even in demanding processes like gas analysis condensate removal. 


About Peristaltic Pump Technology

How Do Liquid Peristaltic Pumps Work? 

Peristaltic pumps operate through a unique mechanism inspired by peristalsis, the rhythmic muscle contractions seen in biological systems. These pumps consist of a flexible tube encased within a circular housing. Rollers or shoes move along the exterior of the tube, compressing and releasing it in a pulsating manner. This action creates a gentle, wave-like motion that propels fluids forward without direct contact with the pump components. As a result, peristaltic pumps are adept at transporting shear-sensitive substances while maintaining hygienic and contamination-free transfer of pumped fluids. 

As the roller pump moves over the tubing, it expands and creates a vacuum to allow more fluid to enter. During operation, at least one roller closes the tubing. Therefore the need for valves is eliminated. The rollers are turned either directly by a motor or by a gearbox. 

Schlauchpumpen - Funktionsprinzip
Peristaltic, tube or hose pump is a type of positive displacement pump that transports the liquid through the tube by a series of rollers, that squeeze it against the pump housing, in a similar way that we swallow food.



What Are the Peristaltic Pump Motor Types? 

Peristaltic hose pumps rely on diverse motor types to orchestrate their fluid transportation capabilities:

  • Brushed Direct Current (DC) Motors: Known for their simplicity and cost-effectiveness, brushed DC motors are suitable for applications with moderate operational demands. However, their lifespan may limit their usage in prolonged or intensive operations. 

  • Brushless Direct Current (BLDC) Motors: BLDC motors offer increased efficiency, reduced wear, and extended operational lifespan compared to their brushed counterparts. They are well-suited for applications requiring sustained and precise fluid control. 

  • Alternating Current (AC) Motors: AC motors, particularly those driven by capacitors, boast longevity and can operate for extended periods. They find application in scenarios necessitating continuous and extended operation. 

  • Stepper Motors: Stepper motors provide precise speed regulation and are commonly employed when variable flow rates are essential. They offer enhanced control and can be fine-tuned using external controller boards. 

The selection of a specific motor type depends on the unique demands of the application. Whether prioritizing simplicity, efficiency, longevity, or control, each motor type contributes to the overall effectiveness and reliability of peristaltic pumps in various fluid-handling tasks. 


How Long Do Peristaltic Pumps Last? How Can Peristaltic Pumps Flow Rate Be Controlled? 

Flow rates are proportional to motor speed. This makes peristaltic pumps suitable for dispensing and dosing applications. In order to choose the right motor, there are a few aspects to consider. Direct current motors are available in different quality levels ranging from 500 up to 4000 hours of operation. The limiting factors of those motors are the brush system and the bearings. In AC motors lifetime ranges between 1000 hours in shaded pole variants up to more than 10,000 hours in capacitor versions. 

When it comes to stepper and brushless DC motors the limiting aspect is usually only the bearing system. In the BLDC and stepper motors, the speed can be adjusted during operation very easily. Those motor types are commonly used when a variable flow rate is needed. 


Optimizing Fluid Transportation 

How Do I Choose a Peristaltic Pump Tubing? 

Choosing the appropriate tubing is a pivotal decision to ensure optimal performance of your peristaltic pump (Check this page to know the importance of using high-quality tubing for good pump performance). Thomas offers a variety of tubing options that cater to diverse needs: 

  • Silicone Tubing: Ideal for non-aggressive media. It remains elastic over a wide temperature range and is suitable for a range of fluids. 

  • TPV Tubing: Combines the processability of Polypropylene with the elastomeric properties of EPDM. Common tubing materials include PharMed® BPT or Santoprene™. 

  • Fluoroelastomeric Tubing: Used for chemically corrosive media. Materials like Viton® are employed for these applications. 

Depending on your application, a different tubing should be chosen. For extended tube lifetime, larger inner diameter tubing and low motor speed are advantageous. Higher flow rates necessitate larger inner diameter tubing and high motor speed. When accuracy is paramount, minimal inner diameter tubing and high motor speed are recommended. For pumping viscous liquids, tubes with higher wall thickness ensure quick recovery of the original shape. 

To maintain fluid purity, it's crucial to avoid spallation, a process where particles from tubing are shed into the fluid. This is particularly significant in biological, pharmaceutical, or medical applications. Special TPV materials like Versalloy™ are designed to minimize spallation and enhance tubing performance. 


Leverage the expertise of Thomas to make an informed choice and ensure that your peristaltic pump system operates at its best. For detailed insights and personalized assistance, reach out to our experts. 


Tailored Excellence 

What To Consider In Peristaltic Pumps? 

When exploring the realm of peristaltic pumps, several key factors merit attention, ensuring a well-rounded and effective pumping solution: 

  • Pulsation Reduction: Many peristaltic pumps incorporate a spring-loaded mechanism, optimizing pumping precision by minimizing pulsation. This feature proves particularly crucial when handling delicate fluids like living cells. 

  • Adaptable Pump Performance: A vital consideration involves tailoring the pump to accommodate different tube dimensions, aligned with varying flow rate requirements. This adaptability ensures seamless performance across diverse applications. 

  • Adjustable Occlusion: Advanced pump models offer an adjustable occlusion feature. This capability facilitates fine-tuning the pump to match varying pressure levels within fluidic systems. Additionally, it enables optimization for different tubing materials, catering to distinct fluid properties. 

  • Ease of Use: Peristaltic pumps distinguish themselves through user-friendly design. The tubing or pump head can be effortlessly replaced within seconds, streamlining maintenance. The absence of internal valves further enhances usability, offering advantages such as bidirectional liquid transfer without restrictions, ideal for viscous media. 

  • Enhanced Efficiency with Multi-Channel Pumps: For heightened efficiency, multi-channel peristaltic pumps prove invaluable. With a single motor driving a pump head featuring up to 15 separate tubes, diverse media can be simultaneously transferred or distributed across multiple vessels. 

  • Impact of Roller Count: The number of rollers employed significantly influences fluid handling. Higher flow rates typically utilize two or three rollers, albeit with a trade-off of increased pulsation. Conversely, gentler medium transfer necessitates more rollers to maintain a balanced pulsation level. 

  • Cross-Contamination Prevention: A critical concern in medical and analytical processes is the avoidance of cross-contamination. Peristaltic pumps excel in this regard, as only the tubes come into contact with the medium. Swift and simple tube replacement after each cycle ensures a clean and sterile process. 

Beyond these considerations, peristaltic pumps find versatile applications, ranging from detergent dispensing in industrial dishwashers to condensate removal in emissions monitoring. Furthermore, they play a pivotal role in vital medical equipment like dialysis machines, exemplifying their significance across varied industries. 

In your pursuit of excellence, these factors guide your exploration of peristaltic pumps. Thomas' engineered solutions ensure a tailored solution that aligns perfectly with your specific operational needs.