Item No. 103

Drum & Tote Filling System – U-Line

Product Description

The most versatile and widely accepted drum filler by the majority of chemical manufacturers and packers, is a palletized drum and tote filler. In fact, it represents about two thirds of all drum and tote fillers installed in North America. Our model DF-5540, shown above, is the most popular filler among our customers. It is both a top and sub-surface filler, which allows a group of drums, or a pallet of drums, or a single tote, to be filled. In order to accommodate the various container sizes, our machine has an inner mast within the filler stanchion that rises up and down to adjust the boom and filling lance to the height of any size containers to be filled, which range from 5 gallon to as large as 550 gallon, or 20″ to 80″ tall. All the necessary controls to operate the filler and scale conveyor are on the handle in front of the operator. The other conveyors operate automatically by photo-eye recognition of loads. The model DF-5540 machine will fill a 55 gallon drum with water in 45 seconds at 80 gallons per minute product flow.

The video below shows this popular filler in use.

A system like the U-Line configuration shown above, accumulates a number of pallets before the filler, one on the filler scale, and another one after the fill station for the bung and capping operation. Accumulation conveyors can be whatever length needed with the construction suited for the loads. For example; in the U-Line configuration above the pallets are conveyed with bottom boards running the wrong way, so chain conveyors are used in lieu of powered rollers. Of course, the amount of conveyor footage applied is the customer’s choice and additional conveyors can be added at any time.

Specialty Equipment manufactures fillers and conveyors with large structural steel stanchions, frames and supports welded together, making each section a one-piece superstructure, the most rugged standard in the industry.

A sample U-line concept drawing is shown at the bottom of this page.

Description of Operation

  • The filler is a model DF-5540 drum and tote filling machine for handling loads up to 5,000 lbs.
  • When a full load is discharged, a new load of empties conveys to the fill station and stops automatically.
  • The operator presses a button to release the boom to guide the lance to the bung opening of any drum he chooses.
  • The operator releases the button and the boom is automatically locked in place.
  • By pressing the start button on the operator handle, the lance travels to the bottom of the drum, when filling foaming liquids.
  • The machine will automatically zero the tare weight before beginning the filling cycle.
  • When the liquid reaches the tip of the lance, the machine automatically shifts into fast fill cycle.
  • Near the top, the machine cycles to slow speed to top off the container and minimize foaming.
  • When filled, the lance automatically retracts to its home position.
  • The operator presses the button on the handle again to release the boom and guide the lance to the next drum.
  • When all four drums, (or single tote) are filled, a push button on the handle will drive out the full and drive in more empties
  • This machine will fill a 55 gallon drum with water in 45 seconds at 80 gallons per minute product flow

Product Specifications

  • The model DF-5540, is both a top & sub-surface filler
  • Lance and all other wetted parts are 316 stainless steel
  • Two infeed full-port ball valves prevent product hammering
  • Scale is a 5,000 lb capacity platform type
  • Controller is an Allen Bradley PLC with a 250 product menu
  • Touch screen is an Allen Bradley color PanelView
  • Filler has a three speed filling cycle; slow/fast/shot, if needed
  • Air operated drip pan with a UHMW wiper ring
  • Fume hood under the lance housing for vapor collection
  • Air cylinder to raise and lower the fill lance
  • Heavy duty brakes for boom position locking
  • NTEP approved scale and weight meter
  • NEMA 4 standard enclosure, others optional
  • RS-232 port for optional data acquisition and printer connection
  • Filler will automatically zero the tare weight before the fill cycle
  • Operator troubleshooting interface with prompts
  • Automatic abort if lance is not aligned with bung opening
  • Rugged, all-welded structural steel, painted stanchion
  • This machine will fill a 55 gallon drum with water in 45 seconds at 80 gallons per minute product flow

Product Accessories

  • Additional conveyors
  • Spare lance assembly
  • Kynar lance for corrosives
  • Sampling valve
  • Type X or Z purge
  • NEMA 7 enclosures
  • Flush adapter
  • Nitrogen purging system
  • Lance rack

Additional Equipment Available

  • Drum & pail fillers
  • Quad fillers
  • Stainless steel fillers
  • Stainless steel conveyors
  • Stainless fume booths
  • Pallet conveyors & transfers
  • Pallet dispensers & collectors
  • Drum & pail palletizers
  • Custom handling equipment

Concept Drawing