5 Uses for Drum and Barrel Pumps

Thousands of applications across multiple industries require the safe transfer of liquids from container to container. These transfers often involve harsh chemicals, acids, or viscous fluids that demand special handling by heavy-duty pumps. Technicians rely on quality drum and barrel pumps to complete these tasks.

Certain applications are particularly suitable for the use of drum and barrel pumps. The unique design of these pumps creates a particularly effective and efficient solution for the following applications.

1. Portable Systems

Drum and barrel pumps are the ultimate in portable pumping systems. From the transfer of a small amount of fluid into a container to pumping out an entire plating tank, drum and barrel pumps provide versatility and high performance in a portable, easy-to-move package.

They are lightweight, making them an ideal choice to move from application to application. AC-powered drum pumps do not require any complicated switch gear or high voltage power supplies. Simply plug into standard outlet power and you are ready to work. And air-powered units utilize smaller-size air lines compared to other air-driven applications.

They are easy to use. Insert the pump tube in a liquid and you can immediately start pumping. When finished, pull the tube out and any residual liquid in the tube drains – no trapped fluids. This allows the pump to be easily rinsed and used in the next application.

Not only can drum and barrel pumps be moved from location to location in a plant environment, they are also ideal for small-batch chemical-delivery use. They are surprisingly powerful for their size. This allows fluids to be quickly and efficiently transferred from drums/barrels or IBCs/totes mounted inside a vehicle to a customer’s on-site storage containers.

Drum and barrel pumps are ideal for a very wide range of applications, from water treatment to plating and anodizing to DEF/AdBlue, even food and beverage applications with models made from FDA-compliant materials.

2. Quick Transfers

Any time an aspect of operations can be completed more quickly and efficiently, it’s a win for the company. The high flow and delivery head of drum and barrel pumps allow technicians to quickly transfer liquids. This has the potential to increase the number of deliveries that can be made daily, to boost production of a product, or to improve the ability to fulfill orders.

These benefits can prove to be game changers for the business that takes advantage of drum and barrel pumps. By providing quick transfers, these highly efficient devices can take operations to the next level.

3. Harsh Chemical Transfers

Many applications require heavy-duty solutions to safely handle harsh or highly corrosive substances. When transferring chemicals, it is essential to use equipment that is up for the task. The right drum and barrel pumps can safely move acids and corrosives from container to container. This is essential to maintain safety standards, mitigate risk, and minimize pump repairs.

Potential applications include water and wastewater treatment,electroplating, electronics, chemical distribution, aquariums, odor control, steel processing, and more.

4. Noise Reduction

Drum and barrel pumps offer a compact, portable solution for applications where noise level is a concern. The lower-decibel levels than other technologies make liquid transfers less disruptive. And many models are available with variable speed motors, so reducing the speed can further reduce the dBA level.

This is particularly valuable in settings where machinery must be operated in close proximity to customers or the general public. Potential applications that benefit from this noise reduction include medical facilities and aquariums.

Noise reduction is also a healthy benefit to employees. In settings where multiple pumps and other machinery are in operation simultaneously, employers can use drum and barrel pumps to lessen employee exposure to potentially harmful decibel levels. This benefit can increase both safety and morale.

5. Testing and Measurement

Drum and barrel pumps make testing easier and more convenient. These portable systems enable technicians to test fluids in various areas quickly and efficiently. They make it possible to easily determine chemical levels, water purity or other crucial measurements in different areas of a facility with little time or effort required. Convenient cordless pump designs help with this process, as do their size and portability.

This testing application is useful in settings such as aquariums, electroplating facilities, fish hatcheries, and water treatment plants. Drum and barrel pumps assist technicians in these facilities to maintain appropriate chemical levels in various tanks, baths, and storage containers.

Meet Our Drum and Barrel Pumps

Finish Thompson offers a complete line of drum and barrel pumps to meet the needs of these applications. Our drum and barrel pump models include:

PF Series Drum Pumps

  • Sealless high-performance design
  • Unique double suction impeller for high flow and high head
  • FDA-compliant options

Finish Thompson PF Series Pump

SF Series Drum Pumps

  • Sealless design with multiple materials of construction
  • Dual impeller options provide for high flow or high head
  • 40 mm (1.6”) diameter tube for smaller bung openings

Finish Thompson SF Series Pump

EF Series Drum Pumps

  • Sealless design for light-duty transfer
  • Lightweight and economical
  • Ideal replacement for hand-operated pumps

Finish Thompson EF Series Pump

BT Series Drum Pumps

  • High viscosity applications up to 15,000 cP
  • Stainless steel tube construction
  • Sealed design

Finish Thompson BT Series Pump

HVDP Drum Pumps

  • Progressive cavity design for up to 100,000 cP
  • Unique camlock feature for quick disassembly
  • FDA-compliant options

Finish Thompson HVDP Series Pump

About Finish Thompson

Finish Thompson Inc. designs and manufactures pumps for the safe transfer of a wide variety of corrosive liquids. Products include sealless mag-drive centrifugal pumps with run-dry capability, mechanically sealed pumps, drum and barrel pumps, vertical mag-drive pumps, multi-stage pumps and FTI Air line of air operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps. For durable solutions for your applications, contact Finish Thompson Inc.

Drum Pump in Plating Facility