Pump Applications

Some types of pumps can be classified and selected based on the application they are designed for. Specifically, they can be defined by the function they perform or the types of media they are suited to handle.


Pumps that are defined by function are designed to perform in a certain way or for a certain type of system or environment.

Pump Type


Booster Pumps

Used in applications where the normal system pressure is low and needs to be increased.

Dosing Pumps

Low-volume fluid pumps with controllable discharge rates used to inject additives into the mixing or pumping system.

Drum Pumps

Used to transfer materials from a container (drum) into a process or other container.

Fountain Pumps

Designed to supply flow to fountains used for aesthetic purposes and aeration in residential, commercial, and industrial reservoirs and bodies of water.

Grinder Pumps

Centrifugal pumps equipped with shredding systems to aid in the transport of solids filled media.

Injection Pumps

Positive displacement pumps designed to inject measured amounts of fluid into a reservoir or production system.

Metering Pumps

Positive displacement pumps designed to dispense precise amounts of fluids and measured flow control.

Sampling Pumps

Used to intermittently or continuously pump small sample volumes from large liquid, air, and gas flow streams for monitoring and testing.

Sump Pumps

Used in applications where excess water must be pumped away from a particular area.

Syringe Pumps

Used to deliver precise amounts of fluid at specific time intervals for high accuracy applications such as high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).

Utility Pumps

Used in many applications such as dewatering low-lying areas, pool covers, and sumps. They are not designed for continuous use.

Vacuum Pumps

Provide sub-atmospheric pressure for a variety of industrial and scientific applications where a vacuum is required.

Well Pumps

Used to bring water from wells and springs to surface level.


Pumps that are defined by media are designed to handle certain types of media or fluids with specific properties or characteristics.

Pump Type


Chemical Pumps

Designed for applications that require greater durability and resistance to corrosive media.

Condensate Pumps

Used to collect and transport condensate back into a steam system for reheating and reuse, or to remove unwanted condensate from an HVAC or appliance collection pan.

Cryogenic Pumps

Designed to move coolants and cryogenic liquids, and built to withstand and operate in extremely cold temperatures.

Hydraulic Pumps

Designed to pump hydraulic fluid at high pressures in order to do work in hydraulic systems.

Sewage Pumps

Used to pump effluents, semi-solids, and small solids in liquids.

Slurry Pumps

Used to pump thick, viscous mixtures of liquid (usually water) and pulverized solids.

Trash Pumps

Designed to pump large amounts of water that contains hard and soft solids such as mud, leaves, twigs, sand, and sludge.

Wastewater Pumps

Used in the collection of sewage, effluent, drainage, and seepage water.

Water Pumps

Designed to move water that does not contain suspended solids or particulates.