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Gloucester, MA (January 12, 2010) – Xylem-Jabsco (www.jabscowinepumps.com), a recognized leader in hygienic/sanitary pumps, is proud to announce that its flexible impeller pumps have been selected for use in wineries all over the world. The main criterion for pumps in winemaking is the ability to protect the transferred product during all processes in the winemaking operation in order to impart the character of the vineyard into the wine. Jabsco flexible impeller pumps not only meet these requirements, but they are a cost- effective solution – as a single, multi-use pump that is able to manage pumping tasks from pumpovers, must transfers, and the handling of solids without damage to grape pulp.
It is extremely important when producing wine—such as, Pinot Noir, Viognier, and other delicate varietals—not to damage the grapes with excessive or violent pumping. The secret to successfully handling these fragile products comes from a technology which was first introduced by Jabsco more than 60 years ago - the flexible impeller pump. These pumps offer significant benefits when compared to other pump types for the pumping of viscous foodstuffs and other fluids that contain fragile solids. The minimal meshing action and low speed capability of the flexible impeller pump allows both viscous fluids and solid particles to pass through without damage.
For a winery, the ideal pump must be capable of moving the destemmed berries from the destemmer to the press without macerating them or their seeds. Also, pumping over for red fermentations requires a pump that can lift juice at a high enough volume of flow to puncture the cap in the fermenter. However, that high throughput must be accomplished with gentle handling of the juice. The flexible impeller pump provides the necessary selfpriming pumping, while minimizing impact on the finished product. For this reason, even larger wineries are purchasing flexible impeller pumps for use as dedicated automated pump-over pumps to save cost over higher cost pump alternatives.
Wineries have tried different techniques to move the pomace, like augers and conveyors, however the best method found has been to use large positive displacement pumps, like a flexible impeller pump. The flexible impeller pump design is also well suited for moving wine around the winery for other transfer applications. This includes simple tank-to-tank transfers, for filling and emptying barrels, all of which requires a pump that has enough suction to lift and push fluids distances in order to get the wine to the barrel.
Filtration requires a pump that delivers a predictable flow and this is a winery operation that requires a pump that can generate significant back pressure. Fortunately, these are intrinsic attributes of all positive displacement pumps like the flexible impellers. This back pressure is also important for the bottling process to transfer the wine through at a controllable rate.
Wineries sometimes have purpose specific pumps for each phase of the winemaking process. However, most small wineries require one pump to satisfy several applications – a good all-around pump. The flexible impeller pump provides the most versatility for the least cost – and that includes not only the purchase price, but also maintenance and repairs. The impeller is softer than the pump cavity, but it also is quicker, cheaper, and easier to repair. Ingesting a chunk of metal, like a vineyard staple, would destroy a progressing cavity or rotary lobe pump, whereas it is simply a few minute repair job for a flexible impeller pump.
The Jabsco flexible impeller pump is extremely capable of handling all of the pumping challenges throughout the winemaking process, and its gentle pumping action helps produce the best wines in the region.
For more information about the Jabsco Flexible Impeller Pumps, call directly at 978-281- 0440 or visit us at www.jabscowinepumps.com. Jabsco wine products can also be followed at twitter.com/jabscowine and facebook.com/jabscowine.
Xylem - Jabsco® (www.jabsco.com) is a leading manufacturer of Marine, Industrial, and Hygienic/Sanitary pumps and systems for use in many industries, including marine, chemical, dairy & food manufacturing, and pharmaceutical. Headquartered in Gloucester, MA, it also has manufacturing facilities located in Santa Ana, CA and Hoddesdon, U.K. Jabsco products are available worldwide from a network of Jabsco authorized dealers and distributors. Jabsco is part of Xylem.
Xylem (Xyleminc.com) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Launched in 2011 from the spinoff of the water-related businesses of ITT Corporation, Xylem is headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with 2010 annual revenues of $3.2 billion and 12,000 employees worldwide.