Friday, February 22, 2019

Handling a Traditional Form of Packaging Can be a Problem for Those Unused to Them

FAQs Will Help Beat the Drum Problems
Shipping News Feature

UK – The handling of drums, be they carrying freight or simply necessary items for storing lubricants etc. on site, is one area which can give problems to staff working in environments where they are only an occasional form of packaging passing through. Now Welsh based supplier Contact Attachments has issued a series of FAQ's to guide those who are unsure how to safely move what can be an awkward load, no matter the type of drum or the operations needed.

Q. I need to move drums around my factory or store, what equipment do I need?

A. The entry-level drum grab is ideal for handling steel drums with rolling hoops and is used for low to medium movement around factories or stores. No manual handling of the drums is required which reduces the risk of injury, and it’s a simple, low-cost and effective attachment.

Q. What if the drums are packed tightly together?

A. We have a solution to this problem – the rim grip drum handler has steel jaws which grip the drum securely around the rim, allowing them to be picked up and set down without spaces between them.

Q. What if I need to pour the drums?

A. For this you’ll need a drum rotator – we have a fork mounted option with a crank handle or loop chain operation connected to a high-quality gearbox, offering controlled and effortless pouring; or a crane slung drum rotator which has the added versatility of being able to be used with an overhead crane or forklift truck.

Q. What is ATEX certification?

A. ATEX requires our drum handlers to be manufactured from stainless steel and be suitable for use in hazardous and potentially explosive environments – this is something we are able to cater for.

Contact have been designing and manufacturing drum handling equipment for more than 40 years and a full range of the company’s products for this tricky area of materials handling can be seen here.