How To Choose A Chemical Drum Pump

1. Select The Best Pump According To The Application

Using a chemical drum pump effectively will require choosing the correct pump for an application or job. Here are a few important factors to consider:

Flow Rate

You first need to work out the required flow and head for the job or application. If the process is going to involve a unique operation, you might require a special pump that offers higher pressure and flow rates.

Portability And Size

Will you be moving your pump throughout your facility? Or perhaps you need a small footprint pump that will fit into tight spaces. Keep all space parameters and portability requirements in mind to make sure you get the best use out of your chemical drum pump.

Chemicals

What type of substances are you planning to use with your chemical drum pump? If there are toxic or corrosive chemicals involved in your applications, choose a pump that comes with the appropriate materials to handle these harsh substances.

Temperature

Every chemical drum pump comes with tubes that each have its own temperature limit. Think about the fluid’s maximum temperature that might be travelling through the tubes and then select the correct pump construction that can safely handle these temperature levels. To find out more information on acid pumps then see here.

Specific Viscocity/Gravity

If you plan to pump fluids with high specific viscosity or gravity rating, you will need specialised equipment to handle these applications.

Motor

Each of the chemical drum pumps is compatible with a specific motor to achieve optimal functioning. At the same time, specific motor types will be best suited for certain uses when compared to others. The common styles of motors include electric, air, explosion-proof electric, and electric. There are also cordless styles available to achieve maximum flexibility. Think about the environment you plan to use the pump in when deciding on what type of motor will suit the application

2 Choose The Correct Accessories

Some accessories are designed to enhance the performance of a chemical drum pump or make the pump more compatible for specific applications. Manufacturers of these pumps provide a comprehensive range of accessories to ensure these chemical drum pumps are effective and efficient. Some of these include:

• Bung/Barrel Adapters

These come in various materials. Adapters can help to create a secure and tight tube fit inside the barrel which allows the tube to stay in a vertical position.

• Nozzles

Different types of nozzles will allow the operator of the pump to control how the liquid flows.

• Filters

These types of accessories are designed to protect the operations of the pump by stopping damage caused by debris and dirt.

• Flowmeters

These are helpful tools that allow the operators of these pumps to control and measure the volume of liquid that has been pumped, inaccurate and precise amounts.

• Static Protection Kits

When handling combustible or flammable liquids, these kits can be used to promote safe transfers.

3 Follow The Necessary Safety Protocols

To use a chemical drum pump effectively you must adhere to the appropriate safety standards. Here are a few protocols you should be following to increase production and reduce risk.

Training

Any personnel involved in installing, maintaining, or operating chemical drum pumps should be qualified and trained to perform such duties.

PPE

Before servicing or using chemical drum pumps, always make sure your personnel is wearing the appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment). This usually includes helmets, gloves, goggles, face shields, and any other garment that is designed to protect your operators from injury.

Positioning

Your chemical drum pump should always be in an upright position when you store or use it.

Power

Before you operate a chemical drum pump, make sure the motor is in an “off” position, and the power supply is suitable for use with the motor.

Neutralizing/ Cleaning

When you have completed your pumping operations, or you are about to change over to another chemical, you should first flush your chemical drum pump using either water or neutralizing fluids that are compatible with both the fluids that are being pumped and the pump materials.

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