Plastic Drum – Providing a Quality Transfer System

Plastic drum pumps provide users with a safe and reliable method of transferring a wide range of liquid substances and chemicals in a safe manner plastic drums. With leading manufacturers providing hand operated plastic drum pumps, with no moving parts and a double pumping action system which enables the transfer of liquid on both the upward and downward stroke, they are the logical and cost effective solution for businesses, both large and small.

The material traditionally used to manufacture plastic drum pumps is polypropylene, which is a strong and versatile material invented in Italy by Professor Giulio Natta. Since its invention, it has been widely used in the design and production of a variety of manufacturing, productivity and household equipment and tools, being noted for being a versatile material which is characterised by strength, durability and flexibility in its capability of being moulded and shaped. Being able to withstand high temperatures and with its intrinsic qualities of being hard wearing and long lasting, has resulted in the material being extensively used in the production of plastic drum pumps.

Polypropylene is produced in the chemical industry as a thermoplastic polymer. Being highly resistant to chemical liquids, solvents and acid materials, it is the perfect medium for the production of plastic drum pumps. However, there are several types of polypropylene, namely homopolymer and copolymer. The key difference between the two is that copolymer is produced with the combination of two different monomers, linked sequentially in the same chain; whereas homopolymer is a single polymer only. This combination of monomers in copolymers creates a material that is tougher and more durable. Leading manufacturers who source only the best materials in the construction of their plastic drum pumps acknowledge these differences and insist on the stronger and longer lasting copolymer propylene as a key material. These result in a plastic drum pump that is more reliable, has increased flow capacities over a longer life period, and can be trusted to transfer liquids in a safe, maintenance free and cost effective manner.