Drum Pumps

Drum Pump

An Articulated Piston Pump being used to empty drums and barrels on a pallet

Commonly known as drum emptying pumps, stick pumps or barrel pumps - reciprocating piston pumps are designed to make the transfer of liquids - even very high viscosity - from any drum, vessel or container a safe and efficient task with minimal or zero residual waste. Using a system of suction and discharge valves to displace fluid, the fluid enters the pump chamber at the inlet and is pushed through the outlet by the action of the piston.

For viscous fluids that do not flow, we have several options that involve the pump or pumps being mounted on a follower plate that rises and lowers into the drum or container. This applies the pressure required to give a positive prime to the pump and allows viscous products to be pumped even when cold. The plate has a wiper ring which wipes the inner walls of the drum (even when inside an aseptic bag) to remove the maximum amount of product from the drum.


Maxiprime Drum Pump

Prevent cavitation by maintaining a positive prime on the pump

When to use a Drum Pump

Piston pumps are extremely efficient and suitable for high heads (resistance) at low flowrates.

They are typically used for pumping all types of liquids but are ideal for thick, viscous fluids like tomato paste, heavy oils, grease or mascara. The consistent discharge rates make Piston Pumps ideal for metering duties to deliver accurate portions of fluid.

A common use for Drum Pumps is to empty drums, barrels, IBCs or other vessels. They are perfect for transferring non-flowable products from containers.


Pumps for Emptying drums, barrels, IBCs and other containers

Many of our customers experience difficulties and waste excessive man-hours when trying to transfer viscous products from barrels or drums to their process line. Our container emptying pumps have resulted in reduced transfer times and convenient solutions.

Maybe you need to transfer thick chutney from drums into a pump feeder or you're trying to process thick concentrates like tomato paste - when you need to transfer difficult products from awkward containers, you need to speak to us about our drum emptying pump solutions.

Features & Benefits

  • Can be stalled without damage
  • Transfer products cleanly, quietly and efficiently
  • Hygienic models with ‘Quick Strip’ system
  • 316 Stainless Steel contact parts
  • Quick Release Coupling between Air Motor & Pump Tube
  • Variable Output and Pressure

Typical Applications

Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics - Pumping Mascara, Petroleum Jelly, Face Creams, Magnesium and Aluminium Hydroxide, Toothpaste, Wax and Suntan Lotions, Medical Adhesives, Suntan Lotion, Hair Creams, Shampoo, etc.

Food Industry - Fruit Juice Concentrates, Honey, Fruit Concentrates, Jams, Tomato Puree, Mayonnaise, Glucose, Butter and Meat Pie fillings with cooked vegetables.

Chemical & General Industrial - The transfer of, Paints, Resins, Adhesives, Polymers, Latex, High Viscosity Grease, Mastic’s and Inks.

General Description - Drum Length pump tube in 316L stainless steel - available in  & screwed construction & 'Hygienic' Clamp Type construction.

Capacity: Up to 45 Litre/min

Solids: Up to 12mm Solids

Pressure: Up to 175 Bar

Ports: Available in BSP(F) and Clamp connections

Accessories: Priming Units - Adjustable Stroke Air Motors


Use Drum Pumps to Pump...

Food Industry

  • Biscuit Creams
  • Butter
  • Cake Batter
  • Caramel Products
  • Chopped Tomato
  • Cooking Fats
  • Fondant
  • Fruit Concentrate
  • Fruit Paste
  • Glucose
  • Honey
  • Jam
  • Malt
  • Margarine
  • Mayonnaise
  • Meat Paste
  • Mincemeat
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pie Fillings
  • Sauces
  • Syrup
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Puree
  • Treacle

Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics Industries

  • Aluminium hydroxide
  • Essence
  • Eye ointment
  • Face scrub
  • Glycerine
  • Hand / face cream
  • Lanolin
  • Lip gloss
  • Magnesium hydroxide
  • Mascara
  • Medical adhesives
  • Paraffin wax
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Shaving cream
  • Silicon
  • Sun lotions
  • Teething gel
  • Toothpaste
  • Veterinary cream
  • Wax

General Industrial

  • Car body filler
  • Epoxy paste
  • Glue
  • Grease (highly viscous)
  • Ink
  • Mastic
  • Paint
  • Polymers
  • Resin
  • Sealant
  • Silicon
  • Wood filler

Low Maintenance, Uncomplicated Setup, Robust and Reliable Solution for Emptying Drums, Barrels, IBCs, Mixers and any other containers

Featured Manufacturers

Kecol Pumping Systems