Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, Pa., introduced the TIP-TITE drum dumper, designed for use with poorly-flowing or agglomerated materials, allowing rapid transfer of free- and non-free-flowing bulk solid materials dust-free.
Similar in performance to open chute dumpers, but with total dust containment, the outlet on the downstream end of the dumper is nearly equal in area to that of the drum opening, allowing agglomerated materials and large chunks to be discharged with minimal possibility of material bridging.
Drums from 30-55 gallons are positioned on the dumper platform, which is raised by a hydraulic cylinder, seating the rim against the circular end of the discharge transition. A second hydraulic cylinder tips the platform-hood assembly and drum, stopping at dump angles of 45, 60 or 90 degrees with a motion-dampening feature. At full rotation, the transition outlet mates with the gasketed square inlet on the lid of a hopper or downstream process equipment, allowing a pneumatically-actuated slide gate valve to be opened and closed for total or partial discharge with no dusting.
The stainless-steel transition can be supplied with a square or rectangular outlet, as well as with circular outlets, with corresponding gasketed flanges for installation on downstream hoppers and receiving vessels.