NIFTE devices have no moving parts other than two non-return valves which are required for uni-directional pumping applications. However, for heating and mixing applications, NIFTEs do not require moving parts at all. This makes them well suited to heating and/or mixing both sensitive and abrasive media.
There are various non-return valve designs which can be used to have a minimal effect on a shear-sensitive fluid medium, and there are others, such as diaphragm valves, which are very resistant to abrasion. From the scale of laboratory pumps and mixers to large scale concrete and slurry pumps, NIFTE devices have the potential to reduce costs and improve lifetime and reliability.