Industrial Drum Mixer with Drum Inverter

Innovative additive manufacturing requires fully-compliant mixing and handling systems.

Our customer required a set of equipment to allow them to handle titanium powder; the powder was to be used in a 3D printing process. The equipment comprised of two parts:


  • Drum inverter – required for lifting drums of material into and out of the mixer. The stacker would also be used to raise and invert the drums 180°, ready for docking with custom sieving equipment.
  • Drum mixer – required for combining titanium powder into a homogeneous mixture for additive manufacturing. Equipment was air-powered with ATEX zone 1 certification.
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Additive powder mixing system

Drum mixer – customer requirements:

  • 600kg drum of titanium powder to be mixed at 4-5 RPM;
  • bespoke head assembly to suit specialist stainless steel drums;
  • air-powered ATEX-rated unit suitable for use in a zone 1 hazardous area;
  • drums to be loaded using a bespoke drum inverter.
ATEX Industrial Mixer with Drum Inverter (Titanium Powder)
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Drum inverter – customer requirements:

  • round securing forks to allow loading and unloading of mixer unit;
  • telescopic lift height (dual-mast) to allow docking with sieving equipment;
  • pneumatic-hydraulic powered lift for use in a zone 1 hazardous area;
  • manual slew-ring rotation to reduce overall cost.

How we can help you

Our team is able to design and develop a range of drum handling equipment to integrate with your existing/new manufacturing processes. Get in touch with our technical sales team to discuss your requirements and learn about how we can assist your company. 

End-over-End 200-Litre Drum Mixer

Mix 200- to 205-litre steel and plastic drums end over end with our premium-quality drum mixer. We can supply an electric-hydraulic model, or a pneumatic-hydraulic model for ATEX areas.

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Do you have a manual handling issue we could solve? We’d be happy to discuss any handling concerns and advise on the most suitable STS equipment. You can talk to us via telephone, email and social media.