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Guide to Pumping Jam

Application Guide: Pumping Jam

At TS Pumps, we know how tricky it can be to find the perfect pump solution for your application. We offer an extensive range of pumps from a variety of trusted, high-quality suppliers, suitable to all of your business requirements.

Jar of Jam

If you’re on the lookout for a pump that can handle thick substances like jam (even if they include small solids), our pumps are designed to handle substances like jam while still running smoothly and efficiently.


Why is pumping jam difficult?

Jam can be a tricky substance to pump. Some contributing factors of this include:


What pump should I use if I want to pump jam with seeds in?

If your food substance contains small solids within it such as fruit chunks or seeds, you will need to consider pumps that are robust enough to deal with these substances effectively. We have at our disposal numerous pump types which can be used for this type of application. Our Sanitary Lobe Pumps are one of the most commonly used due to their ability to:

Sanitary Lobe Pump for Pumping Jam

Sanitary Lobe Pump


However, your perfect pump will be dependent on your specific application. Therefore, a Peristaltic Pump, AODD or Twin Screw Pump may be a better option for you.


How do I clean my pump?

In order to make sure your pump and products are kept clean and sterilised correctly, we provide high quality stainless steel sanitary pumping equipment specifically designed and built for use in the food industry, which can be cleaned by a procedure called CIP (Clean In Place).

CIP is a process by which the pump & system are cleaned periodically by a caustic water solution at high temperature, typically 85ºC. The CIP process flushes the pump and system through to ensure that there is no fluid or substance left in the pump or system which can cause bacterial build up or blockages in the pump and system.

All pumps used in the Food & Beverage industry should be FDA approved. Pumps that are built for use in the food industry are also designed to have smooth internal surfaces, with no crevices, so there is no potential for bacterial build up which can then cause your produce to become unsuitable for consumption. Each pump type has their own cleaning requirements so once we have settled on the correct pump for your application, get in touch with us to discuss the recommended cleaning procedure.


How to avoid pump clogging?

With substances like jam being thick and containing solids, pumps can easily become clogged if the product is left to settle and solidify within the pump. This could also happen if the pump is not sized correctly, meaning that solids can become lodged in the rotating assembly.

However, at TS Pumps we offer various options to counteract this problem. One solution is the inclusion of a heated jacket, which can maintain the temperature of the product and stop it from solidifying within the pump. These jackets are welded on, covering the wetted parts, slowly pushing heated water through the external jacket of the pump. The heating fluid doesn’t come into contact with the process fluid so will not affect its consistency or rheology. We supply heating jackets on all of our sanitary pumps, be it Lobe, Centrifugal, Air Operated Diaphragm, Twin Screw and even Peristaltic.


If you’re looking to pump jam or any other thick and sticky product, get in touch with the team today to see what we can offer from our range.

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