We were recently asked by a major pharmaceutical company to design a powered GMP stainless-steel drum tipper, capable of lifting to almost 4 metres in an ATEX area. The custom telemast we designed safely achieves this lifting height, whilst also handling other key requirements. To avoid obstructions in the production area, we limited the rotation angle of the drum to 105 degrees when the mast is fully extended, whereas an angle of 135 degrees is available at lower heights.
The custom-made girdle locks to provide a perfect grip on the drum and the clip-on 316 stainless-steel hopper and Jacob valve ensure the controlled, hygienic flow of contents.
As the lifter functions in an ATEX area, all components are certified as compliant with ATEX regulations. For safe charging of the battery, the plug-in charger is designed to be located in an appropriate safe room.
Watch the video below to see the Telemast Drum Tipper in action.
The Drum Gripper Fork Lift Truck powered attachment is designed for lifting drums that are stored vertically or horizontally. They can also be rotated to allow for pouring the contents to a production hopper. The Drum Gripper attachment is designed to grip the drum by pressure applied between two curved plates around the drum circumference. The drum can now be raised from the floor or a pallet, when positioned over the hopper, it can be rotated.
The Drum Gripper action is powered with a 12 volt powered actuator and the rotation by a powered gearbox. To use the attachment, the Truck Operator would enter the truck forks into the attachment and clamp it in position. The attachment has a plug in facility to allow it to use the power source of the Fork Truck to actuate the gripping mechanism.