Remaining connected to your peristaltic pumps
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Cole-Parmer is proud to be the only company to bring a connected suite of Peristaltic Pumps to market, under the Masterflex brand. The Masterflex Connected Suite includes traditional, stand-alone pumps for simple fluid transfer to networking at one end of the scale, with peristaltic pumps that can be operated through MasterflexLive™, the only proprietary Cloud-based technology on the market, for more advanced and demanding fluid applications, at the other end. The “Connected Suite” of pumps can help facilitate a successful outcome no matter what the workflow demands.
The traditional, stand-alone pumps are designed for simpler applications, where control over speed / flow rate, flow direction, and start / stop are the primary goals. Through a simple user interface, the full functionality of these pumps can be realised without relying on external devices controlling them.
To begin migrating from simple fluid transfer to facilitating dispensing functions, our “Connected Suite” of pumps also includes computer-compatible digital drives. These precision drives feature a programmable dispense interval that lets you set the delay between dispense cycles for convenient, automated dispensing. They also can be calibrated to ensure dispense and display accuracy.
There are customers and applications, however, that demand a greater level of connectivity and control, either due to site protocol, governmental regulations, or simply to streamline site-wide equipment operation. For these applications, drives with advanced networking capabilities are needed. In the Cole-Parmer “Connected Suite” of pumps, there are drives that are equipped to support either Profibus or EtherNet/IP communication protocols, allowing these pumps to be easily integrated into a site-wide process workflow and to be remotely located on-site and still be controlled from a central location. As an added benefit, these advanced networking drives are also equipped with on-board Bluetooth® capabilities, supporting remote and wireless operation of critical drive functions – useful when the drive is placed in an environment where quick and easy access is not possible, such as clean room environments, glove boxes, isolation chambers, etc.
At the top end of connectivity Cole-Parmer also offers drives equipped with our proprietary connectivity protocol called MasterflexLive. MasterflexLive is the only Cloud-based platform on the market that works with peristaltic pumps. With this technology operators can have full visibility and control over select Masterflex L/S® and Masterflex I/P® peristaltic pumps via a PC, tablet or smartphone (running either iOS™ or Android™ operating systems). What’s more, authorised pump operators can fully and securely control MasterflexLive-equipped pumps from anywhere with a data connection. Push notifications are also supported, allowing authorised users to be alerted to changes in pump operation or to instances where a sensor (e.g., open-head or leak-detection) has been triggered which might require immediate attention. In situations where compliance with either 21 CFR Part 11 and/or EU Annex 11 is required, MasterflexLive features a paid, Premium level of service, which supports digital recordkeeping; secure Cloud data storage; and time-stamped, filterable, and exportable pump operational data. Regardless of the level of service chosen, MasterflexLive-enabled pumps are ideal for process and research facilities, water and wastewater treatment plants, industrial plants, food and beverage industries, chemical and mining industries, and anyone who wants to adopt the latest technology and tools to enable greater flexibility, enhanced accuracy and maximum efficiency.
Altogether, the “Connected Suite” of Masterflex pumps from Cole-Parmer gives users the opportunity to easily and reliably integrate their chosen pump into their existing workflows and applications, knowing that – regardless of what communication or connection protocol is being implemented – there is likely a cost-effective, excellent solution available.