Digital Peristaltic Pump


Gravity: digital peristaltic pump is a new product developed by DFRobot. This is a new member of our water quality monitoring devices. It is an actuator for the liquid system. DFRobot peristaltic pump integrates a PPM motor driver on the pump, this is a Gravity interface (PH2.0-3P) motor driver. The control signal is compatible with standard servo motor, you can use Arduino, Raspberry Pi, micro:bit and other kinds of microcontrollers to control its direction and flow speed. The tube in the pump head is made up of BPT material, which is anti-acid and long life. Peristaltic pumps are a kind of positive displacement pump used for delivering small amounts of fluid. The fluid is contained within a flexible tube fitted inside a circular pump casing. When the rotor rotates continuously, the fluid in the tube will be squeezed and deliver to the other side. In this way, the liquid flow rate can be easily accuracy controlled. As a kind of metering pump, peristaltic pump can be conveniently used for quantitative delivery. It has a wide range of application scenarios, such as science experiment, hydroponics, drip irrigation, tropical fish farming, shrimp cylinder environment control, etc. A large number of titration experiments can be automated with this peristaltic pump, such as potentiometric titration, indicator-based colorimetric titration, pH-based titration, and so on. It is great helpful to improve your working efficiency On the other hand, peristaltic pumps also have a wide range of applications in food, medical and other industries. Making an automatic coffee machine will be a really good idea!


Driver Board:

Peristaltic Pump

Board Overview

Num Label Description
1 D Control Signal Input(PPM Signal)
2 + Power VCC(5V~6V)
3 - Power GND(0V)
4 M- Motor Negative Pin
5 M Motor Positive Pin

Basic Tutorial

Since the motor power consumption (about 5W) is a little large, it’s better to add an external power supply on your microcontroller, USB port can only provide 2.5W power supply.

This tutorial will demonstrate how to make this peristaltic pump clockwise rotation, stop rotation, counterclockwise rotation of these three basic functions.

The motor driver board uses the PPM signal to control the pump. The corresponding relationship is as follows:

PPM Signal Peristaltic Pump Status (Top View)
500 ~ 1400us (0~81°) Clockwise maximum speed rotation
1400 ~ 1600us (81~99°) Stop
1600 ~ 2500us (99~180°) Counterclockwise maximum speed rotation

In addition, the closer to 500us(0°) or 2500us(180°), the faster the flow rate speed is; when the value is closer to 90°, the slower the motor speed. Therefore, according to the requirement, you can set the appropriate angle value to adjust the motor speed, to achieve the purpose of controlling the flow rate.


Connection Diagram

Arduino Sample Code

 DFRobot Gravity: Peristaltic Pump
 < Peristaltic Pump SKU:DFR0523>

 This sample code shows 3 states: clockwise maximum speed rotation; stop; counterclockwise maximum speed rotation

 Created 2017-12-25
 By Jason <>

 GNU Lesser General Public License.
 See <> for details.
 All above must be included in any redistribution

 /***********Notice and Trouble shooting***************
0   -> clockwise maximum speed rotation
90  -> stop
180 -> counterclockwise maximum speed rotation

#include <Servo.h>

Servo myservo;

#define PUMPPIN 9    //peristaltic pump control pin, connect to arduino digital pin 9
#define waitTime 2000 //interval time(ms) between every state

void setup()

void loop()
    myservo.write(0);   //Clockwise maximum speed rotation
    myservo.write(90);  //Stop
    myservo.write(180); //Counterclockwise maximum speed rotation
    myservo.write(90);  //Stop

micro:bit Sample Code


Expected Results

After uploading the sample code, you can see that the peristaltic pump starts to work and continuously switches between the three states of clockwise maximum speed rotation, stop and maximum counterclockwise rotation speed every 2 seconds.

Advanced Tutorial

You can find the library for this peristaltic pump from this Github link :

Arduino Example Code

``` #include "GravityPump.h" #include "Button.h"// GravityPump pump; Button button; bool run = true; int debug = 1; void setup() { pump.setPin(9); button.init(2); Serial.begin(115200); pump.getFlowRateAndSpeed(); } void loop() { pump.update(); button.update(); if (debug) //in debug mode the pump will do calibation. //if set the debug mode off then the function works. { pump.calFlowRate(); } else { if(run) { //switch the function by using Comments. run = false; // Serial.println(pump.flowPump(6.6)); //just put the number in ml then the pump will dosing the numbers of liquid to you. //and you can find the numbers from serial port. Serial.println(pump.timerPump(120000)); //just put the number in milisecend then the pump will dosing the time of numbers for you. //and you can find the numbers from serial port. } } if( { //Serial.println("click"); //when you click the button the pump will stop immediately pump.stop(); } if( { Serial.println(pump.flowPump(100)); //when you press the button the pump will continue working. //Serial.println("press"); } }

Function Explanation

get the state from system, need to be put in the loop.

set the pin for GravityPump.

Calibration function.the speed parameter is running speed what you needed.

please input the "STARTCAL" in serial to start cal

Pump some liquid in some secs

please input the actual mumber in serial by "SETCAL:XX" cal end

the basic pump function, have to given speed in number(0 to 180. 90 for stop, 0 and 180 is max speed in each direction.)and runing time in milliseced.

timer pump function,base on the basic function.the function need to given the running time then the pump will dosing as long as your have given and return the quantitation. if you have Calibration, the number will be close to result.

quantification setting pump function,base on the basic function,the function need to given a quantification. Then the pump will dosing the quantification in given number. if you have Calibration, the number will be close to result.

flowrate and speed reading from EEPROM

stop function. whenever you use this function the pump will stop immediately.

Result Explanation

The sample code has 2 mode, one is the debug mode, please set the bebug into 1, in debug mode we can calibarite pump. Please open the serial port and input STARCAL, When hit the enter key, the Pump will start to runing some time, then please using the measuring cylinder to get the measurement. then you can input the SETCAL:XX(XX is what you have read in)at the serial port and the cal mode is over. The date will be store in arduino's E2PROM. In normal mode please set debug into 0. After code be upload,the pump will runing press the button, pump will stop,and press again the pump will running again.


Q1. How to accuracy control the flow rate?
A1. It is better to make a calibration before usage, you can put the pump in the water, get power, and calculate the time it fill up the cylinder, Then, you will know the flow rate in each second.
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