What is a Drum Pump?
Drum pumps are portable pumps that perform the role of emptying drums, IBCs, tanks, carboys, and barrels. They are also known as a barrel pump, electric, usually. Due to the fact that most of the liquids that are used on processing and manufacturing plants will often be delivered in either 200 or 100-litre drums, this makes them too heavy in order to tip so that the liquids inside can be decanted.
Reasons to Use a Drum Pump
The design of the drum pumps offers a safe and easier method to transfer all types of chemicals and liquids from barrels and drums. There are various models along with different tube lengths made available to meet up to the requirements of different industries and customers.
Here is an overview of how to select a drum pump:
Step One: Determine the Application Requirements
The first step involves deciding how the pump will be used. From here you can choose the applicable pump series, motor types, tube construction, and accessories.
• The Required Head and Flow
The majority of the applications for drum pumps provide a simple transfer, yet some will require flow rates that higher (to empty larger tanks or IBCs), or increased pressure (head) capabilities (to transfer liquids from the top of a machine, to a second floor, or for pumping fluids of a higher viscosity).
• Chemical Type or Name
This information is very important and is necessary to make sure the tube materials on the drum pump is suitable for the fluids that will be pumped. It is also important to establish whether the fluids are combustible or flammable liquids.
• The Temperature of the Fluids That Will Be Pumped
The tubes in the drum pumps have a maximum temperature limit. These maximum temperatures are dependent on the tube length, construction, and series.
• Specific Viscosity and Gravity
The different types of drum pumps offer different capabilities in association to pumping fluids which have a gravity that is greater than 1.0 or viscosities that exceed 1 cP. These capabilities will be based on the motor that drives the pump and the design of the pump.
• The Size of the Container
The tube lengths of the drum pump can be altered according to the size of the container. For instance, the standard 45-gallon/200 litre drum will use a pump tube with a 100cm length. The tanks and IBCs require lengths that are longer. While the 15 to 30-gallon containers will require smaller lengths.
• The Type of Motor
It is important to determine whether the environment requires a specific type of motor style. These include explosion-proof electric or air. For the electric motors it is important to find out what type of voltage will be required.
Step Two: Choose the Suitable FTI Pump Series and the Tube Material
Once you have determined your application requirements, the next step involves choosing the right FTI pump.
• Select the Right Pump Tube Materials
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