Flexicon introduces low-dust drum dumper
The new TIP-TITE drum dumper with integral flexible screw conveyor is designed for volumetric feeding of bulk material from drums into downstream processes free of dust.
A hydraulic cylinder raises and seats the drum rim against a discharge cone, after which a second hydraulic cylinder tips the drum to an angle of 45, 60 or 90 degrees with a motion-dampening feature. At full rotation, a pneumatically actuated slide gate valve opens and charges the conveyor, which meters the material volumetrically according to infinitely adjustable user controls.
As the flexible screw rotates, it self-centers within the tube, Flexicon said, providing ample clearance between the screw and the tube wall to eliminate or minimize grinding. The flexible screw is top-driven beyond the point at which the material exits the conveyor, preventing contact with bearings or seals.
The conveyor transports bulk materials from sub-micron powders to large pellets, while the gentle rolling action of material is designed to prevent the separation of blends.
The inner screw is the only moving part contacting material, resulting in reduced maintenance and increased reliability, the company said. A broad range of screws with specialized geometries is available to handle free- and non-free-flowing materials, including products that pack, cake or smear in other types of conveyors.
The unit accommodates drums from 30 to 55 gallons weighing up to 750 pounds and measuring 36-to-48 inches in height.
An optional pneumatically actuated vibrator on the discharge cone promotes complete evacuation of non-free-flowing materials.
The drum dumper is available constructed of carbon steel with durable industrial finishes, with material contact surfaces of stainless steel, or in all-stainless steel finished to food, dairy, pharmaceutical or industrial standards.