Item No. 126

Portable Drum Filler

Product Description

It is not a common application, but when you need to fill 55 gallon drums at multiple locations, it’s a lot less expensive to have a filler that can be transported from station to station. We took a model DF-5511 drum filler and modified it for a fork truck, or a pallet jack, to move it from one filling location to another. It is now labeled a model PDF-5511, a semi-automatic, top-fill machine for filling 55 gallon drums with non-foaming liquids.

Containers must be unloaded by fork truck, or any other drum lift and carry device. Each designated filling location should have a level surface and the filler should be placed in the same orientation each time to assure the scale accuracy and avoid re-calibration. The PDF-5511 will typically fill a 55 gallon drum with water in 45 seconds at 80 gallons per minute product input. All the necessary controls to operate the filler are on the handle in front of the operator.

If your application requires a set-in-place filling machine to convey and accumulate 5 to 55 gallon drums to and from the filling station, see our more popular model DF-5510, Single Drum & Pail Filling System, item 108. A video also shows the filling operation in use.

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

Description of Operation

  • This model PDF-5511 portable filler is a top-fill machine mounted on a special pick-up base
  • This machine requires a fork truck or other appropriate hauling device to move it around
  • Containers must be unloaded from the scale by some mechanical lift and carry device
  • If filling tight-head containers, the operator aligns the bung opening under the lance
  • If filling open mouth containers, the operator simply presses the start button
  • By pressing start, the lance automatically travels into the container
  • The machine will automatically zero the tare weight before the fill cycle begins
  • The machine will fill in three speeds; slow/fast/slow, if needed
  • When filled to the predetermined weight, the lance automatically retracts
  • Fills a 55 gallon drum with water in 45 seconds @ 80 gallons per minute product flow

Product Specifications

  • This model PDF-5511 is a top-fill machine for 55 gallon drums
  • Lance and all wetted parts are made with 316 stainless steel
  • Two infeed full-port ball valves to prevent hammering
  • Platform type scale is 1,000 lb capacity
  • Controller is an Allen Bradley PLC with 250 product menu
  • Touch screen is an Allen Bradley color PanelView
  • RS-232 port for optional data acquisition & printer connection
  • Three speed fill cycle, slow/fast/shot, if needed
  • NTEP approved scale and weight meter
  • NEMA 4 control panel, others optional
  • Air cylinder raises and lowers the lance carriage
  • Automatically zeros the tare weight before filling
  • Air operated drip pan with UHMW wiper ring
  • Operator troubleshooting interface with prompts
  • Automatic abort if lance is not aligned with bung opening
  • Filler won’t start without a container on  the scale
  • Rugged all-welded stanchion and carriage assembly
  • Special welded structural steel base for fork truck lifting
  • This machine will fill a 55 gallon drum in 45 seconds with water at 80 gallons per minute product flow

Product Accessories

  • Spare lance
  • Fume skirt
  • Lance rack
  • Kynar lance for corrosives
  • Sampling valve
  • Type X or Z purge
  • Lance flush adapter
  • Filling data printout

Additional Equipment Available

  • Palletized drum & tote fillers
  • Stationary drum & pail fillers
  • Quad filling machines
  • Stainless drum & pail fillers
  • Fume booth fillers
  • Stainless steel conveyors
  • Pallet conveyors & transfers
  • Roller, chain & belt conveyors
  • Pallet dispensers & collectors
  • Custom handling equipment