Flexicon has launched a new TIP-TITE Drum Dumping System that automatically conditions fibreboard drums containing bulk solid materials, dumps the materials into downstream equipment, and accumulates empty drums on a roller conveyor for removal.
According to UK-based Flexicon, the system is intended for low to high-volume handling of drums containing materials that have solidified or agglomerated during storage or shipment, while eliminating the dust, spillage, labour cost and potential injury associated with manual drum handling.
A powered roller conveyor moves each full drum into a conditioning station where hydraulic rams press and release it on opposite sides. A turntable then rotates the drum in user-selected increments for subsequent press-and-release cycles sufficient to loosen the materials.
The conveyor automatically sends the conditioned drum to a TIP-TITE dumping station that hydraulically raises and seats the drum rim against a discharge hood equipped with a slide gate. A second hydraulic cylinder lifts and tips the drum to an angle of 45, 60 or 90 degrees with a motion-dampening feature. At full rotation, the slide gate opens to allow controlled discharge of material into downstream process equipment.
Once the empty drum is returned to its upright position, the rollers are reversed, sending the drum to a pneumatically actuated ram that pushes it onto a separate roller conveyor where empty drums are accumulated for removal.
Photoelectric sensors located along the roller conveyor relay the position of empty and full drums to the system controller, which powers the rollers to advance and stop drums as desired during each phase of the process.
The system is designed to accommodate fibreboard drums of all popular sizes weighing up to 340 kg, and is also offered in high-lift configurations for dumping into elevated receiving equipment.