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Electric Drum Pumps

Dec 24, 2007
There are situations where manual pumps are impractical for getting liquid out of drums and pails, and in these circumstances, using an electrical drum pump is the optimum solution, and will both cut the amount of time taken and additionally make it simpler for staff. As with manually powered pumps, there are different types of design available that serve slightly different purposes.

The key attribute of an electric drum pump is its ability to provide a very smooth and tireless flow of liquid from a drum. Rather than the pulsing flow that comes from a manual piston pump, with an electrically powered model, the liquid is drawn out of the drum in a single smooth flow, meaning that there is less potential for splashing. Aside from reducing wastage, the lack of splashing means a lower risk of spillage.

It is common sense to use different electric drum pumps for each kind of liquid that you need to move. This prevents oil and water based liquids from contaminating each other and maintains all the liquids at the highest possible levels of purity. It is advisable to fully clean each pump system after use to prevent any blockage, particularly in any case where the pump has been used for liquids that can congeal such as paint.

Different kinds of liquid can react with the inside surfaces of the pump in different ways, and in order to ensure the long life and maintain the quality of your electric drum pump in the best possible condition, it is vitally important to use only the correct kind of pump with each chemicals. You can choose from 3 different materials inside the pump:

Polypropylene is a high quality plastic that is generally inert and unreactive. Electric drum pumps using polypropylene are intended for use with light weight liquids, and can resist corrosion from acids. They are not generally compatible with solvents, as these can break down the chemicals in the plastic and cause the pump to fail.

A stainless steel pump is useful under many different circumstances, and will not corrode, even if it is left immersed in water for long periods. Stainless steel can retain its strength with high weight oil and provided that the pump is well maintained, will remain in excellent condition indefinitely.

Aluminum pumps are good for a huge range of different liquids. They are generally slightly less hardwearing than stainless steel, although this will depend on the exact quality of the pump equipment that you are using, and the quality of maintenance. Aluminum generates its own surface patina on exposure to air, protecting the metal from reacting with acids, which means the pump can be used with a slightly wider range of chemicals.

Although an electric drum pump is a more substantial investment than a manual one, the time and effort that these devices will save - particularly when used with high weight liquids such as lubricating oil - coupled with the reduced wastage that they generate, means that they will provide a major asset to your business as well as improving the quality of the workplace for your staff and allowing them to be more productive with their time going forward.
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