The Dangers Involved With Using Chemical Drum Pumps

A chemical drum pump is designed to be able to handle many different corrosive chemicals, flammable liquids and dangerous viscous materials that come contained in IBCs, or intermediate bulk containers, as well as 55-gallon drums. In this article, we have listed a few uses of the drum pumps.

Common Uses for Pumps

Much of the chemical material that is transferred using these industrial strength pumps are deemed dangerous, meaning they must be handled using extreme care.

Sulfuric Acid

This substance can result in dehydration, permanent blindness and chemical burns. It can also corrode skin, metal, stone and many other types of surfaces.

Hydrochloric Acid

This acid is extremely corrosive to the mucous membranes of the body, as well as the eyes and skin. If you find yourself in direct contact or inhaling this acid, you may experience chest pain, excessive coughing, hoarseness, ulceration of your respiratory tract, inflammation, or pulmonary oedema.

Nitric Acid

This substance is also very corrosive to your body’s mucous membranes, eyes and skin. Even a small amount of contact will result in minor irritation of the skin as well as epidermal hardening. Coming into contact with direct nitric acid, especially if it is concentrated, will result in the skin becoming stained yellow and permanently damaged by deep burns. Inhaling this extremely corrosive substance can be fatal for humans.

Acetic Acid

While dilute acetic acid is usually harmless, stronger concentrations, such as those over 25 percent, can be dangerous to humans and animals alike. This chemical is considered highly corrosive when in contact with the skin or eyes.

Aqueous Ammonia

This explosive chemical compound can result in significant environmental harm if it becomes released improperly by an industrial plant. Since it is so corrosive, having this chemical come into contact with the eyes, skin, mouth, respiratory or digestive tract can result in significant damage, including serious burns, lung disease, blindness and death.

Because of the danger posed by these harmful chemicals, as well as many other materials not listed here, the safety of the operation of equipment such as chemical drum pumps is paramount. Every piece of equipment should be cleaned thoroughly upon completion of each operation, and the operators need to adhere to strict safety regulations and precautions.

Top Five Features In Demand by Chemical Drum Pump Operators

The United States is the home to many inventors, past and present, from the invention of Edison’s light bulb to the first flight of the Wright Brothers. However, as technology advances, more and more of the inventions of the current century are extremely complex. Currently, one out of every five patents that the United States Patent Office grants is chemistry-related. In fact, it is for this reason that the United States has the biggest chemical industry in the world. According to data provided by the Department of Commerce, there were over 700 billion dollars in sales, and 784,000 people employed by the chemical industry in 2012.

As the industry has become more advanced, it appears to have become more complex as well. When a business has to ensure that corrosive, flammable or viscous substances are transferred safely, they can see a number of benefits by opting for chemical drum pumps.

Often these types of pumps can provide an almost completely hands-off method of transferring chemicals, helping ensure that these dangerous materials are handled safely. Recently, there have been quite a few new advances that have led to new features available to the line of pump products available. Some of these include:

  • Safety First and Warranty

Every one of our chemical drum and sanitary pumps is tested and held to rigorous standards for both safety and performance. This is why we are able to offer one of the few 3-year warranties on our products.

  • Advanced Systems of Metering

Often drum pumps can only be used on containers such as the standard 55-gallon drum. However, we can provide a metering system that has been engineered for precision control, allowing you to measure and dispense even the most corrosive chemicals from everything from 55-gallon drums to IBC or Intermediate Bulk Containers.

  • Batch Control System

As with our system of metering, a system of batch control will let you measure or dispense predetermined amounts of corrosive liquids, including Nitric Acid, Hydrochloric Acid, and Sulfuric Acid.

  • Viscous Material

Our devices are able to transfer and dispense materials with a viscosity limit of 100,000 cps.

  • Explosion Proof Electric Systems

The pumps available have been designed to handle liquids that are flammable or combustible, including ammonia, gasoline, and alcohol.