Automatic Palletized Drum Filler

Product Details: Item No. 1294

Model: ADF-5540

Capacity: 4 drums with or without a pallet

Container: 30 to 55-gallon steel, fiber, or poly drums & up to 550 gallon totes

Rate: 4 drums every 5 minutes or 48 drums per hour depending on the viscosity of the liquid

Material: Carbon or stainless steel construction all wetted parts use 316 stainless steel



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This patented fully automatic palletized drum filler, model ADF-5540, can fill steel, plastic, or fiber, 55-gallon drums, with or without a pallet. It is designed to find the bung opening, position the lance over the opening, automatically fill to the desired weight, and repeat for all containers on the pallet all without operator intervention. Optionally, it can remove and replace the bungs, and dust caps. The tested fill rate of water is four drums every four to five minutes, which allows for the load driving in and out of the filling station.

  • Camera/sensor to locate the bung of each drum
  • Filling lance and drip pan assembly
  • The lance carriage moves in/out & left/right automatically
  • Optional automatic bung removal/ replacement tool
  • Optional dust cap placement & crimping
  • An option is available to fill IBC/totes with automatic removal and replacement of lids as well.

Description of Operation

This automatic four drum filling machine, model ADF-5540, is a top and sub-surface filler to fill four, 55-gallon drums with or without a pallet.

  • A load of four drums is conveyed into the filling station and stops by photo eye.
  • A camera/sensor device automatically moves over the load to locate each bung
  • A bung removal tool is used to remove the bung from each drum
  • Each bung is held until the drum is filled then it’s replaced with the same drum
  • The boom and lance carriage move into position to start the fill cycle
  • Each drum is automatically tarred to zero weight before filling
  • When liquid reaches the lance tip the machine shifts into fast fill cycle
  • Near the top, it shifts to slow speed to top of the drum and minimize foaming
  • When filled to the designated weight, the lance retracts to his home position
  • The bung is automatically replaced onto the filled drum
  • The bung removal and filling cycle is repeated for all subsequent empty drums
  • When all containers are filled, the load will drive out allowing a new load to enter
  • The tested cycle rate, with water, is four drums / five minutes, or 48 drums/hour

Technical Specifications

This automatic four drum filler, model ADF-5540, is a top and sub-surface filling machine for 55 gallon drums, with or without a pallet.

  • Subsurface filling for foaming products
  • Lance and all other wetted parts are 316 stainless steel
  • Two full-port ball valves control any product hammering
  • Scale is 5,000 lb. capacity platform type
  • Controller is an Allen Bradley PLC with a 250 product menu
  • Touch screen is an Allen Bradley color panel view
  • Filler has three-speed filling cycle; slow/fast/shot, if needed
  • Fume box for vapor collection with an air operated drip pan & UHMW wiper rings
  • Air cylinder raises and lowers the filling lance
  • Heavy duty brakes for boom position locking
  • NTEP approved scale and weight meter
  • NEMA 4 standard enclosure, others optional
  • Camera/sensor is used to locate the bung of each drum
  • Special, air-operated bung removal/replacement tool
  • Air cylinder moves the lance carriage in/out & left/right on an arc
  • Air-operated dusts cap placement tool
  • Ethernet communications port for interface with Drum Filler In The Cloud
  • Will automatically zero the tare weights before each drum fill cycle
  • Operator troubleshooting interface with prompts
  • Automatic abort if lance is not properly aligned with the bung opening
  • The tested cycle rate, with water, is four drums / five minutes, or 48 drums/hour

Specialty Equipment manufactures fillers with welded structural steel stanchions making it the most rugged standard in the industry.

Liquid Filling Equipment Options

Additional information


Stationary – Floor mounted

Fume Booth


Conveyor System For Empty And Full Containers


Foaming Product


Automation Type

Fully Automatic – Machine removes and/or replaces bung / lid

Product Temperature


Container Type (Standard)

Drum-Plastic, Drum-Steel, Palletized Drums (Plastic), Palletized Drums (Steel), Totes / IBCs up to 330 gallons (with 5" conveyable foot)

Container Type (Optional)

Pails, Totes / IBCs up to 5,500 gallons (with 5" conveyable foot)

Fill Heads (Standard)

1 Fill Head

Fill Heads (Optional)

2 Fill Head

Classification for Explosive / Flammable Environments (Standard)


Classification for Explosive / Flammable Environments (Optional)

Class I – Div I, Class I – Div II

Site Conditions (Standard)

Industrial Standard

Site Conditions (Optional)

Corrosive Environment, Food Grade, Outdoor, Requires Washdown

Frame Construction / Coating (Standard)

Carbon Steel Enamel

Frame Construction / Coating (Optional)

Carbon Steel Epoxy, Stainless 304, Stainless 316

Product - Wetted Parts (Standard)

Standard 316

Product - Wetted Parts (Optional)

Corrosive / Caustic, Food Grade

Product Viscosity Handling (Standard)

0-2,500 CPS (Water to Maple Syrup), 10,000 CPS (Honey), 100,000 CPS (Toothpaste), 50,000 CPS (Ketchup)

Product Viscosity Handling (Optional)

250,000 CPS (Peanut Butter)