What Is A Drum Pump?

It refers to a portable pump used to empty carboys, drums, barrels, IBC mixers and tanks. Most liquids utilised in processing and manufacturing plants are often delivered using 100lt to 200lt drums. As such, these drums are too heavy to be tipped and decant the liquid.

Why Is Drum Pump Important?

A drum pump provides the easiest and safest way to transfer any liquid from barrels or drums. Drum pumps are available in different models and tube lengths to meet user preferences. Here are the best tips to help you find the best drum pumps for your needs.

1. How Do You Intend to Use It?

Before you start shopping for a drum pump, you need to know how you are going to use it. Also, you need to consider the tube construction, the accessories and the motor type.

• Most drum pumps are used for transfer purposes but seem to require higher flow rates, especially when emptying larger tanks or IBCs. Some also require higher head pressure to allow easy transfer of liquids to a second floor, to the top of a machine or to pump liquids with a higher viscosity.

• The chemical name and type is important to ensure that the materials used to make the drum pumps are compatible with the liquid flowing through it. Find out whether the liquid is combustible or flammable to prevent any accidents when using the drum pumps.

• The temperature of the liquid being pumped is also prudent when buying a drum pump. The tubes can handle liquids with higher temperatures effortlessly. However, the maximum temperature depends mostly on the type of tube, the construction and its length.

• The specific viscosity and gravity fields of the liquid are important. Different drum pumps come with varying capabilities when pumping fluids with gravity higher than 1.0 or a viscosity higher than 1cP. The drum pump’s design and the motor will determine whether or not it can handle pumping the liquid.

• The lengths of the tube changes depending on the container. A 45 gallon drum will rely on a 100cm long pump tube. However, you need longer pumps for tanks and IBCs. Smaller containers use shorter pumps.

• Finally, the motor preference should be considered, if there is a preference on the site. You can choose explosion proof electric or air or an electric one. For the latter, make sure you know the total voltage required.

2. Choose the Right FTI Pump Series and Tube Material

Once you know how the drum pump will be utilised, you need to choose the right FTI series for the job. First, you need to make sure the pump material is compatible with the liquid being pumped. The outer material of the tube is available in 316 stainless steel, polypropylene, CPVC, PVDF and pure polypropylene/PVDF.

With a chemical resistance guide, you should be able to find able to find the best material for the liquid being pumped. Also, you need to choose the best drum pump series. Check each individual series to find the most appropriate. Finally, you should check the right length for the container to avoid disappointments.

3. Choose the Right FTI Motor

Look at the motor preference information to find the right one for your pumping needs. Use an explosion proof air or electric drive motor if you are dealing with combustible or flammable material. Also, you can use a stainless steel tube that comes with a static protection kit.