Tapflo Pneumix Drum Mixer System Ensures Cleaner, Safer Work Environment
Industries that handle paint, ink, solvents, alcohols, or chemicals from drums can now use one system to mix the fluid in the container before pumping it. Tapflo recently introduced its new air-operated drum mixer system, Pneumix. The company’s ATEX-approved diaphragm pumps (which also fulfill the new EU directive 94/9/EC (ATEX 100a)) are used in the drum mixer system in environments where explosive gas mixtures are handled.
“To resolve the problem with paint or other chemicals that congeal and separate in the drum, separate mixers were previously used or the drum was simply rolled around on the ground before the contents were pumped up,” says Gunnar Theding, Sales Manager at Tapflo in Sweden. “Our Pneumix now solves this by first pumping the drum’s contents through the mixer segment, which creates a stirring effect. After mixing, the contents only need to be pumped up.”
The Pneumix system is composed of a mixer unit and an air-operated diaphragm pump. The mixer unit is adjustable to the drum or container’s size and the fluid’s characteristics and then mounted by coupling to the drum’s fill opening. First, a pre-specified and easily altered amount of fluid is optimally mixed in the mixer unit’s then-closed system. Then, the fluid is transported using the same pump.
The closed system prevents spillage while consolidated phases throughout the liquid-handling process saves time. Both of these benefits also minimize exposure to dangerous substances and contribute to a cleaner and safer working space. System installation is fast and simple; because the pump is air-operated, it does not need to be connected to an electrical source. The mixer system also requires no moving parts, ensuring long operating life and minimal maintenance issues.
Pumping and mixing are controlled via the unit’s two valves. The mixer is manufactured of acid-proof steel and polypropylene. Tapflo offers its diaphragm pumps in a wide range of materials of construction to suit the specific liquid being transferred.
Pneumix is compatible with most drums and containers on the market up to 1,000 liters.
Tapflo manufactures process pumps for a range of applications, including chemical, surface conditioning, hygienic, water treatment, pulp & paper, mechanical, and biofuels. The company has offices in 20 countries and is represented by distributors in 33 countries around the world.