Drum Fillers

Written by Sierra Rein
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There are two different kinds of drum fillers- single drum fillers and pallet drum fillers. Single drum fillers handle one drum at a time while pallet drum fillers handle drums on a pallet. The pallet drum fillers can, normally, fill totes as well.

Both types of drum fillers can be "top fill" or "sub-surface" in operation. Machines that have "top fill" operation have short nozzles. The tip of the short nozzle enters a short distance into the opening of the drum and fills from that position. The "sub-surface" drum fillers have long nozzles that descend to the bottom of the drum before they open and fill the drums below the surface to reduce foaming and aeration of the product.

Drum fillers are set to the target fill weight before the filling operation. Fill will proceed quickly for about 98% of the fill cycle and the flow will be slowed to deliver highly accurate fills.

Relative Speeds of Drum Fillers

In industrial terms, a drum is any round container that can hold 20-220 liters (5-55 gal) of material. The speed which a machine can fill a drum depends on the size of the container, the viscosity of the liquid, and the pressure on the product line that is provided by gravity or a pumping system. Benchmark fill rates for gravity of filling water into 50-liter drums is 120/hour and for 205 liter drums is 60/hour. Higher viscosity products will fill at a lower rate, while pumping the product to the machine will increase filling speeds.


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