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Drum dumping system automatically rolls drums containing bulk material into position

Made by Flexicon Corp., the system facilitates safe, high-capacity transfer from drums of all popular sizes weighing up to 750 lbs.


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September 19, 2019 by Canadian Plastics

A Tip-Tite drum dumping system from Flexicon Corp. is designed to automatically roll drums containing bulk material into position, dump the material into downstream equipment, and roll the empty drums out of the dumping station to facilitate safe, high-capacity transfer from drums of all popular sizes weighing up to 750 lbs (340 kg).

Once full drums are rolled onto the dumping station plat-form, a hydraulic cylinder raises and seats the drum rim against a discharge hood; a second hydraulic cylinder then tips the drum to an angle of 45, 60, or 90° with a motion-dampening feature. At full rotation, the slide gate opens to allow controlled discharge of material into downstream process equipment. After the empty container is returned to its upright position, the rolling motion is reversed, and the container is halted in front of a pneumatically-actuated pusher, which transfers the empty drum to the return conveyor for removal. Meanwhile, another full drum rolls into position on the dumping platform.

Photoelectric sensors located along the powered roller conveyor relay the position of empty and full drums to the system controller, which actuates the conveyor to advance full and empty drums upon completion of each dumping cycle.