Pumps for Pharmaceutical and Medical Applications

When companies need a reliable chemical pump to supply products for medical solutions, they turn to Finish Thompson. With a complete line of pumps, Finish Thompson offers products for a full range of pharmaceutical and medical applications. From light-duty transfer to harsh environments, Finish Thompson’s pumps are built from the ground up for reliability, flexibility and precision.

Typical Applications

  • Pump solutions containing various salts, and other chemicals used in kidney dialysis clinics
  • Pump DI water for cleaning processes in the cosmetics industry
  • Transfer perfumes and dyes to process tanks
  • Transfer health and beauty products such as shampoos, lotions and liquid soaps from bulk storage to smaller containers


Finish Thompson Drum and Barrel Pumps Provide Efficient Solution for Medical Environments

Quick and quiet. When you’re delivering supplies to a medical facility filled with patients, these two characteristics are important.

Quick and quiet. When you’re delivering supplies to a medical facility filled with patients, these two characteristics are important. To find an electric drum pump that delivers these qualities, Rockwell Medical turned to Finish Thompson Inc.

Rockwell Medical is a leading provider of concentrates for dialysis facilities in the U.S. When their delivery trucks arrive at dialysis centers, drivers need to dispense their concentrates as quickly as possible and in a manner that does not disrupt activities at the facility. Their use of Finish Thompson’s PF Series drum pumps allows them to do precisely that.

Joel Klippel, Vice President of U.S. Sales for Finish Thompson, explains, “When the Rockwell truck arrives at the dialysis center, the driver is able to take a drum of liquid concentrate inside the facility and use our electric drum pump to transfer the product to a bulk tank. This provides flexibility in the amount of concentrate the facility orders as well as logistical options for facilities that don’t have large garage bays for truck deliveries.”

Tim Kielb, Transportation Manager at Rockwell Medical, reports, “Since implementing these pumps, we have reduced the amount of time for our employees to transfer our product from our 55-gallon drums by four minutes per drum. We have also improved customer satisfaction because the Finish Thompson pumps are much quieter than the old model we used.”

Two specific features of the Finish Thompson PF Series chemical drum pump are key to this success:

  • Noise reduction: PF Series pumps are quieter than competitors’ pumps. Their low decibel level makes the concentrate transfer less disruptive to patients who are receiving dialysis treatment in the facility.
  • Speed: The unique impeller on the pump provides high flow and high delivery pressure. This yields maximum performance for that pump size, allowing Finish Thompson pumps to unload a drum faster than other brands. The result is greater efficiency, more deliveries and greater profitability for Rockwell.

“The faster the drivers can unload the concentrate, the more efficient the delivery is, and the more stops the driver can make,” notes Klippel. “If each driver can make additional stops, Rockwell can make more money per truck route.”

“Our chemical drum pump is also a cost-effective solution,” adds Klippel. “Despite running them at max flow and max speed in multiple deliveries each day, Rockwell gets an average of one year of operation before the pumps need to be serviced. When they do need service, we’ve coordinated a convenient system for Rockwell, working with drivers on their normal routes to drop off and pick up pumps for repairs.”

Why has Rockwell made Finish Thompson their brand of choice? Kielb reports, “What has really stood out about our experience with Finish Thompson is the quality of their products and their customer service.”

Rockwell Medical currently uses 110 Finish Thompson drum and barrel pumps at various locations and has equipped their entire transportation fleet with this brand.

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Pump Details

Magnetically coupled, sealless centrifugal pumps. While NOT manufactured from FDA compliant materials, Finish Thompson DB Series and SP Series pumps are designed from the ground up to pump corrosive chemicals like raw or mixed CIP (clean-in-place) solutions or waste treatment chemicals.


  • No mechanical seal – Powerful rare earth magnetic drive system eliminates the troublesome mechanical seal.
  • Corrosion resistant – Engineered for the most aggressive liquids, manufactured from polypropylene or PVDF.
  • Run dry ability – Makes them less prone to operator error or system upset.
  • Self-priming option – SP Series pumps can lift fluid from as deep as 25 feet (7.6 meters) below the pump or can pull liquid out of the top of a tank eliminating through-the-sidewall bulkhead fittings.

Finish Thompson drum pumps are extremely versatile and are not just for use in in drums. A wide range of tube lengths allow them to be used in drums, barrels, totes, IBCs (intermediate bulk containers) and other container sizes.

  • PP, PVDF or 316SS tubes – Select based on your application
  • FDA compliant materials – All FDA pumps have wetted materials that are FDA compliant.
  • Tri-Clamp connections – Available Tri-Clamp connection on all FDA versions. Many also offer hose barb as well.
  • High-viscosity models – Efficiently handle gels and pastes.

Explosion proof/ATEX options – When equipped with the proper motor, can transfer flammable alcohol-based fluids and are suitable for use in hazardous locations.†
†When pumping flammables or combustibles, use explosion-proof electric or air drive motors on stainless steel tubes with static protection kit.

PF Series

  • Unique double suction impeller provides high flow rates and high discharge pressure
  • Viscosity up to 2,000 cP

TT Series

  • PTFE lifting screws for liquids containing small particulate
  • Viscosity up to 2,000 cP

BT Series

  • PTFE lifting screws for liquids containing small particulate
  • Viscosity up to 15,000 cP

HVDP Series

  • Progressive cavity, positive displacement design for high viscosities and solids handling
  • Viscosity up to 100,000 cP


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  • Simple, durable design – Fewer parts improves reliability and maintenance.
  • Non-stalling air valve – Simple, rugged, reliable design.
  • Variable flow and pressure — Easy adjustment makes it easy to meet application requirements.
  • Ease of operation & maintenance — Fewer parts makes FTI Air pumps easy to install, operate and maintain.
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