Top Reasons To Use Drum Pumps

There are plenty of benefits to investing in a drum or hand pump as your laboratory pump. Drum pumps can transfer fluids from barrels and drums with a storage capacity of up to 200 litres. Additionally, manually operated pumps are flexible and economical. They offer all of these benefits while having the capability to pump water, fuels, acids, alkalis, oils, detergents, alcohol from tanks, drums, or carboys.

What Are Drum Pumps?

Also known as barrel pumps, drums pumps are pumping equipment designed to dispense or transfer various chemicals from storage vessels such as drums or barrels safely and straightforwardly. The drum pump market segment is well-developed, with different pumps having a wide variety of features, tube lengths, and accessories. This means there is a pump that can satisfy every industry requirement there is such as a double pump or a plastic diaphragm pump. Some pumps are manually operated, i.e., they use handles, levers, and/or plunges to dispense fluids.

How Do Drum Pumps Work?

Every drum pump comes with a narrow tube housing a vertical shaft. This narrow tube is fitted into the top opening of storage drums for the transfer of liquids. A small AC or DC motor is attached to the shaft with a controlling switch. Upon switching on the drum pump, the pumping action is initiated by a rotor or a pump impeller at the base of the tube, whereby it such out the liquid.

For manual pumps, they can be actuated by hand via a crank. Alternatively, the manual pump can be actuated using a piston pump. Drum pumps are interchangeable from one drum or barrel to the other. However, some are hard-wired into the storage vessel.

Benefits of Drum Pumps

Drum pumps are useful and practical when emptying, transferring, and emptying our liquids in drums. Additionally, they are numerous other subtle benefits that many people might not consider. For instance, drum pumps are portable and can be moved around with ease. They are also available in non-metallic and metallurgic materials depending on corrosion levels. And they are also easy to hard-pipe into a system.

Some drum pumps are hand-operated while others are air-operated, electric-driven, and variable speed motor-driven. The motor can have additional features, including explosion-proof, or have batch control feature (for automatic dispensing of pre-set volumes).

The pump tubing material can be varied to meet the need of different industries. These pumps can use tubing materials made of stainless steel, PVDF, plastic, or other materials. On the capacity front, drum pumps can offer short and long tube lengths and large or small container capacities. Finally, there are mixing drum pumps, which ensure the media is adequately mixed and homogeneous during pumping.

Benefits of Hand Pumps

Hand-operated pumps are some of the simplest and most cost-effective pumps. The part make-up of such a pump includes a siphon, piston, diaphragm, hand-operated rotary drum. Typically, such pumps are made using low-cost plastics, PTFE, or stainless steel. There are vacuum hand pumps designed especially for pumping particulate-laden or shear-sensitive fluids. Hand-operated pumps are also used in laboratories for filtration, checking leaks, siphoning, and much more.

Why Use a Drum Pump?

  • Compatibility: They can come with different tubing materials compatible with your particular application
  • Flexibility: When adapters are added to the setup, you can use the pumps with a range of containers
  • Safe options: Air-operated drum pumps enable the use of this pump in environments where electrical power may be unsafe and impractical to use; hand-operated pumps are perfect for scenarios where disposable pumps are necessary
  • Economical: Many drum pumps and hand pumps are available for budget-conscious users