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How to Lower Total Cost of Ownership With Wilden® Pro-Flo® SHIFT AODD Pumps

by PSG | Apr 09, 2024

As a manufacturer, you depend on your air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps to help you get the job done right, which means having the most efficient and reliable product transfer possible. But your AODD pump’s ability to perform to your desired performance depends heavily on one indispensable resource — compressed air.  

And as you know, compressed air is not free - it is often expensive.

While figuring out how much compressed air your pumps use (and waste through air chamber overfill) is difficult to calculate, you can count on it being more than enough to jeopardize your profit margins.

At the end of the day, the question is: how can you make the most of your operation, minimize air consumption, and reduce energy costs — without compromising the reliability, safety, and performance of your AODD pumps?

Breathe a sigh of relief – Wilden® is here to help.

Pro-Flo® SHIFT Series Pumps: A Breath of Fresh Air

With the right pumping technology, you can simultaneously improve your fluid-transfer times and energy savings while working with the same air compressors in your facility.

While a handful of AODD pumps do a good job at utilizing compressed air, no other offers the same advantages as Wilden Pro-Flo SHIFT Series Pumps.

How exactly?


It’s simple. Pro-Flo SHIFT Series Pumps are equipped with an industry-leading air valve that restricts the air flow into the air chamber near the end of each pump stroke so that only enough air is introduced to keep the pumping process going.

Specifically, Pro-Flo SHIFT Series Pumps can offer up to 60% reduction in air consumption and up to 34% greater flow rates than competitor AODD pumps. But optimized air consumption isn’t the only thing you can expect.

With Pro-Flo SHIFT Series Pumps in your facility, you can take advantage of a variety of operational advantages, including:

More Energy Savings

Using less compressed air (which means using less energy) is extremely beneficial — especially when energy consumption can be up to 90% of the cost of owning and operating a pump, according to the Hydraulic Institute. And with the cost of energy on the rise, there’s no better time than now to lower your energy consumption and take a big step forward in the sustainability manufacturing movement.

Better Performance

With a redesigned friction-reducing liquid path that contributes to their ability to deliver maximized flow rates, Pro-Flo SHIFT Series Pumps offer some of the highest flow rates in the industry (and with lower operational costs). Additionally, eliminating compressed air overfill significantly reduces diaphragm stress, which leads to longer diaphragm life for even more efficient product transfer.

Simple Maintenance

The Pro-Flo SHIFT Series Pump minimal-part design helps reduce component wear and maximize mean time between repairs (MTBR). Additionally, while pump manufacturers offer repair kits with too many parts requiring too many different tools, Wilden makes maintenance easy with Air Repair Kits with just the right parts. Step-by-step instructions further simplify the repair process for operators.

Optimal Safety

The Pro-Flo SHIFT Series offers total product containment and is mechanically actuated, which are critical considerations when handling hazardous or flammable materials. With electronically actuated ADSs, on the other hand, you can potentially ignite liquids, resulting in an explosion that can jeopardize the safety of your operators and your facility.

Long-lasting Efficiency: More Bang (Or Pump) for Your Buck

Any operator will say that the purchase price of a pump should be the most significant expenditure that comes with owning a pump. That’s, of course, an ideal situation.

More often, however, the price of acquiring an AODD pump is just the first item in a long list of expenses. Maintenance, repair, part replacement, and eventually disposal accumulate over the years, making a low total cost of ownership virtually impossible.

That’s why operators should try a long-term perspective when considering their next pump instead of focusing on the upfront cost.

Expertly designed to extend the life of wear parts, reduce downtime and minimize air consumption, the Pro-Flo SHIFT Series AODD Pumps have become the industry standard in optimizing the total cost of ownership. This makes them a smart, cost-effective investment for any operator looking to make the most of their facility’s air consumption and energy usage

For a real-world example of the energy-saving advantages of Pro-Flo SHIFT Series AODD Pumps, read our white paper: A Breath of Fresh Air. If you have any other questions, please contact our pump experts.