September 28, 2020

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Steps for Selecting a Drum Pump

What’s a Drum Pump?

A drum pump refers to a portable pump often used to empty tanks, drums, barrels, IBC mixer UK, and carboys. Since most of the liquids used by manufacturing and processing factories are transported in 100 and 200-litre drums, they are generally too bulky to tip when decanting the fluid inside.

Why use a Drum Pump?

Drum pumps are intended to make it safe and easy to transfer almost any liquid chemical from barrels and drums. Drum pumps are available in different tube lengths and models to fit the various customer requirements.

Selecting a Drum Pump

Step 1:
Determine Requirements for Application

It is essential to determine exactly how the drum pump will be put to use before selecting the most appropriate series, motor type, tube construction, and accessories.

Head and flow requirements – Most drum pumps are used for simply transfer but some need greater flow rates (to empty bigger tanks or IBCs) or greater head (pressure) abilities (transferring any liquid to the top of a machine, higher floor or even pump fluids of higher viscosity).

Type or name of chemical – this information is very important and is required to make sure that the materials of the drum pump are compatible with the liquid being pumped. Additionally, it is vital to establish whether the liquid is flammable or combustible.

The temperature of the liquid to be pumped – Certain upper-temperature limits characterise drum pump tubes. The maximum temperature is determined by the tube series, length, and tube construction.

Viscosity and specific gravity – Drum pumps will have different abilities when it comes to pumping fluids with a specific gravity of more than 1.0 or viscosity of more than 1 cP. The abilities depend on the design of the pump and the pump’s motor as well.

Container size – the length of the drum pump tube may vary depending on the container. For instance, a typical 200-litre or 45- gallon drum will use a 100cm long pump tube. Tanks and IBCs may call for longer lengths. Smaller lengths apply for 15 and 3-gallon containers.

Step 2:
Pick the right Tube Material and FTI Pump Series

After determining the application requirements, be sure to pick on an FTI pump that is right for the job.

Pick on pump tube materials that are compatible – Begin with the outer tube material. Such outer tubes are commonly made of 316 stainless steel, polypropylene, CPVC, PVDF, and pure polypropylene/PVDF.

Follow a chemical resistance guide to pick on an outer tube material that’s resistant to the fluid being pumped.

Pick on the best-fit series for the drum pump – Check the details on the tech fliers for individual series to find that which is most appropriate.

Choose a suitable tube length for the container.

Step 3:
Choose the Right FTI Motor

Choose the correct motor – Going by the motor preference details, select a motor from the tech leaflet that best fits the specifications. Pump series may only be compatible with specific motors.

Whenever a combustible or flammable fluid is to be pumped (or is to be pumped in a hazardous area), make sure that the motor used is an explosion-proof air drive or electric motor on a tube made of stainless steel with our static protection kit.