How to Select Drum Pumps                      Image Credit: Binks  | Wilden Pump & Engineering, LLC. | U.S. Plastic Corporation   Drum pumps, also called barrel pumps, are designed to transport or dispense the contents of drums, pails, or tanks. Pumps are driven by a variety of methods including hand operation, electric, pneumatic, and hydraulic driven motors. Explosive...
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Q & A on Drum Pumps

We asked our users for their input on Drum Pumps. Here are the results of 95 users familiar with Drum Pumps.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing drum pump design?
11 answers
Answers:
Magnetic drive, polymer technology, motor efficiencies.
~Marketing/Sales, Johannesburg, South Africa
Computational Fluid Dynamics software
~Process Engineer, Erie, PA
The new technology that will influence drum pumps will be brushless d.c motors (bldc) motors.
~Mukesh Y, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
More chemical resistant materials..
~Cliff L, Owner-Operator: Farmer, Strathmore, CA
New types of Seals, New Plastics.
~Dermot Bailey, CEO, D-34266 Niestetal, Germany
Sensor technology, ergonomics.
~Purchasing, Seoul, Korea (South)
Air operated diaphragm pump
~Nagendra Rao, Project Manager, Bangalore, India
Top works Actuators (Automation integration.
~Manufacturer, Calgary, Canada
Vol output and Priming.
~General Management, Lewiston, ID
Types of product used
~Peter L, Service and maintenance, Brisbane, Australia
Light weight plastics
~Bruce B, Equipment Technician, Washington, PA

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative drum pumps?
12 answers
Answers:
The most innovative companies are Lutz and Flux, both German manufacturers.
~Mukesh Y, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Tuthill Transfer Systems, Flux
~Project Manager, Fort Wayne, IN
Graco itw aro
~Peter L, Service and maintenance, Brisbane, Australia
M+B/NRG; Lutz; Flux; Hill;
~Dermot Bailey, CEO, D-34266 Niestetal, Germany
Finish Thompson Inc.
~Process Engineer, Erie, PA
Finish Thompson Inc.
~Daniel R, Marketing/Sales, Prague, Czech Republic
Finnish Thompson,
~Marketing/Sales, Johannesburg, South Africa
Flux(germany)
~Purchasing, Seoul, Korea (South)
Des-case, Y2K
~Technical Support, Akron, OH
Global Spec
~Jay S, Facilities Manager, Marshall, MN
Taiwan
~Engineering, Consulting, Doha, Qatar
FLUX
~Pierre D, Marketing/Sales, Montrea;, Quebec, Canada

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used a drum pump for?
28 answers
Answers:
Grease - Oil - Silicon oil - Silicon grease - Silicon sealent - MS Polymer sealeant Epoxy adhesive - Polyurethane adhesive - Isocyanate and others
~Engineering, Consulting, Hvidovre, Denmark
In dialysis clinics, we use rotary drum pumps to pump acetifed acid concentrate from 55 gallon drums into 3 gallon jugs.
~Bruce B, Equipment Technician, Washington, PA
The applications were drum to drum transfer of light liquids and charging them in to reaction vessels.
~Mukesh Y, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Machine Lube, DEF transfer, fuel transfer, Ag chemicals, and cleaning solutions.
~Project Manager, Fort Wayne, IN
Transferring liquid from drum to tank or drum to drum or drum to barrel.
~Purchasing, Seoul, Korea (South)
Oils water food products paint waste underbody sealer
~Peter L, Service and maintenance, Brisbane, Australia
Liquid and viscous products for the food & pharmaceutical industries.
~Pierre D, Marketing/Sales, Montrea;, Quebec, Canada
Transfer pumps from drums of roofing, 3.0lb spray foam to reactor.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Murfreesboro, TN
Mainly for transferring fluid from storage tank to day tank.
~Engineering, Design, Singapore
Fuels; Chemicals; Foodstuffs; Tyre Sealant; Oils; AdBlue;
~Dermot Bailey, CEO, D-34266 Niestetal, Germany
Pumping lube oil from drums. Pumping acid from containers.
~Engineering, Design, Miami, Suriname
Transferring Hydraulic oil and Herbicide. Transfer fuel.
~Cliff L, Owner-Operator: Farmer, Strathmore, CA
Decanting acids, solvents, diesel fuel, ink, grease.
~Marketing/Sales, Johannesburg, South Africa
Transfer of additives from barrel to overhead tank.
~Nagendra Rao, Project Manager, Bangalore, India
Transfer chemical to another location or container.
~Purchasing, Edmonton, Canada
Transferring chemicals from drum to use containers.
~Jim K, Sanitation Supervisor, Jefferson, Jefferson
Drum pumps are very useful in chemical plants.
~Engineering, Consulting, Doha, Qatar
Chemicals-chemical transfer from drum to drum.
~Engineering, Consulting, Warri, Nigeria
Hypo transfer from drums to day tanks.
~Steve C, Primary Water Operaror, Groton, MA
Removing Chemicals from drums.
~General Management, Lewiston, ID
Emptying drums, dosing...
~Daniel R, Marketing/Sales, Prague, Czech Republic
Pumping of Chemicals.
~Manufacturer, Calgary, Canada
Sanitary food grade.
~Alex S, Technical Support, Hickory, NC
Chemical Transfer.
~Engineering, Consulting, Istanbul, Turkey
Transfer liquids
~Jay S, Facilities Manager, Marshall, MN
Emptying drums.
~Manufacturing, Northlake, IL
Solvents
~Process Engineer, Erie, PA
PU
~Research & Development, Singapore, Singapore

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that a drum pump has been used for.
6 answers
Answers:
Tyre Sealant
~Dermot Bailey, CEO, D-34266 Niestetal, Germany
Pump installed horizontally at the outlet of a tote.
~Pierre D, Marketing/Sales, Montrea;, Quebec, Canada
Normally motorized barrel pumps are used for intermittent duty conditions, but with the use of pneumatic motors, the pumps can be run for longer durations. The main reason being that these motors become colder and sometimes have ice formations on the outside of the body.
~Mukesh Y, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Pumping sludge
~Process Engineer, Erie, PA
In horizontal use
~Purchasing, Seoul, Korea (South)
Oil transfer
~Jay S, Facilities Manager, Marshall, MN

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of a drum pump?
8 answers
Answers:
While handling highly flammable liquids, one has to use either flame proof electric motors or pneumatic motors.
~Mukesh Y, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Leakage of material when the pump seals malfunctioned.
~Cliff L, Owner-Operator: Farmer, Strathmore, CA
Injury due to not wearing protective gloves.
~Purchasing, Seoul, Korea (South)
Yes under size pumps for the wrong viscosity you may use up more product than you are pumping.
~Alex S, Technical Support, Hickory, NC
Jamming of pump seals damaged over pressure of delivery lines.
~Peter L, Service and maintenance, Brisbane, Australia
Yes melting pumps, fires, injuries to personnel.
~Dermot Bailey, CEO, D-34266 Niestetal, Germany
Seizing of pump.
~Manufacturer, Calgary, Canada
Leaks
~Jay S, Facilities Manager, Marshall, MN

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
14 answers
Answers:
Because of our concentrate solution having a specific gravity of 1.19 to 1.21, the present rotary drum pumps tend to leak past the shaft seals over time. 1. better shaft sealing 2. discharge spout end should be stepped to accept 1/2, 5/8, 3/4 or 1 inch inside diameter hoses. 3. for those pumps that supply hoses, maybe a check valve at the end of the hose so when you stop pumping and remove the hose from the container there is little or no spillage.
~Bruce B, Equipment Technician, Washington, PA
Consistent material flow and long life for materials such as Glyphosate. Ability of the pump to dispense measured amounts of material.
~Cliff L, Owner-Operator: Farmer, Strathmore, CA
Make the pumps easier to repair. Throw away pumps aren't popular with some customers. A larger explosion proof range would be welcome.
~Marketing/Sales, Johannesburg, South Africa
Able to handle acids, caustics, chlorinated liquids and solvents, all in one design.
~Jim K, Sanitation Supervisor, Jefferson, Jefferson
The use of ceramic ball bearings will enhance the pump's life several folds.
~Mukesh Y, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
ATEX approved motors, high capacity drum pump for viscous product.
~Daniel R, Marketing/Sales, Prague, Czech Republic
Pneumatic, sensitive to temperature / temperature control.
~Nagendra Rao, Project Manager, Bangalore, India
Adaptable to a drum cart, filtration attachments.
~Technical Support, Akron, OH
Automatic shutoff when material drum is empty.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Murfreesboro, TN
Stop automatically when barrel emptying.
~Purchasing, Seoul, Korea (South)
Compatibility for all Chemicals.
~Manufacturer, Calgary, Canada
Fast Priming and Fast Vol
~General Management, Lewiston, ID
Solids handling
~Process Engineer, Erie, PA
Better Seals;
~Dermot Bailey, CEO, D-34266 Niestetal, Germany

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of a drum pump?
7 answers
Answers:
Get top quality advice from your supplier, and if not satisfactory, search for a supplier who is a specialist. Check out composition of fluid to be pumped, and work with specialist to choose right pump.
~Dermot Bailey, CEO, D-34266 Niestetal, Germany
Please select pump as per the liquid to be pumped and the height to which the same has to be pumped.
~Mukesh Y, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Think about mounting a pump to a wall for permanent install and moving the drop tubes only.
~Project Manager, Fort Wayne, IN
To choose the most suitable pump for application, not price.
~Purchasing, Seoul, Korea (South)
Ensure application is compatible with what is being used.
~Manufacturer, Calgary, Canada
Know what you want to pump and how far you want it pumped.
~Peter L, Service and maintenance, Brisbane, Australia
Correct sizing for the GPM and ready available parts..
~Alex S, Technical Support, Hickory, NC

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using drum pumps?
9 answers
Answers:
Please buy from manufacturers who are committed to using the best material of construction and maintaining the best machining of individual components. The reason being that some of the components are moving at very high rpm.
~Mukesh Y, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Drum pumps may be a better selection for oil filtration than tote systems due to their portability. New oil can be delivered to equipment using a drum and cart with the filtration attached.
~Technical Support, Akron, OH
Check product compatibility to Pump Materials and Seals. Safety of use, Anti Static, Electric, Air or Hand driven. Get top quality advice from Specialist before buying.
~Dermot Bailey, CEO, D-34266 Niestetal, Germany
Think outside the box - is this a permanent location? Is it portable? Electrical requirements.
~Project Manager, Fort Wayne, IN
Make sure they are right for the job you need and are simple to clean and repair.
~Alex S, Technical Support, Hickory, NC
Be sure to review which materials the pump is designed to handle.
~Cliff L, Owner-Operator: Farmer, Strathmore, CA
Use according to operating instructions.
~Purchasing, Seoul, Korea (South)
The gpm is very Important.
~General Management, Lewiston, ID
Research
~Peter L, Service and maintenance, Brisbane, Australia


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