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ATEX Equipment - Stainless Steel GMP Power Drive Drum Tipper

A large multinational company approached us to design and manufacture a piece of ATEX equipment for their drum handling process.

Experience supplying ATEX equipment

We have many years experience in supplying industry-leading ATEX drum handling equipment. Our ATEX equipment can be either manual-hydraulic or pneumatic-hydraulic powered. For all bespoke work we provide 3D CAD approval drawings for your review before manufacture. See the below case study showing a recent piece of equipment we designed and manufactured.

​Job particulars:

  • Drums needed to be lifted and tipped into a process vessel which was 3070mm high.
  • A safe working load (SWL) of 350kg was required based on the heaviest drums being handled. 
  • Unit was to be used in a good manufacturing practice (GMP) area and therefore a stainless steel 304-grade construction was requested.
  • Area contained flammable/explosive materials and as such the handling equipment needed to be ATEX compliant.
  • Due to the required speed of planned operations, a power drive system was requested.
Rear controls on the Stainless Steel Telescopic Power Drive Drum Tipper
3500mm of lift height was provided for the tall decanting height.
Telescopic Power Driver Drum Tipper at full height
Constructed from stainless steel with an aqua blasted smooth clean finish.

Pneumatic power drive system

For use in an ATEX environment we supplied this model with a pneumatic-hydraulic power pack. The hydraulic system powered the drive wheel with controls being mounted in the tiller assembly. Pneumatic drive systems are complex to manufacture but are a more cost effective solution than an electric system when ATEX is a requirement. In order to power the various functions an airline connection is required.


The tiller controls featured two levers for forwards and reverse; the unit also had a horn to warn personnel in the vicinity.

Stainless Steel power drive tiller on drum tipper
Pneumatic-hydraulic tiller controlled drive system.

Head rotation controls

For this machine, drums needed to be tipped at height near the opening of a large vessel. By adding head rotation controls operators could tip drums while monitoring the quantity entering the vessel. We can tailor the position of rotational controls on all our drum lift and tip models. The operate button shown in the picture was added as a safety feature, this ensured that the rotation function was not operated by mistake at any time. 

Stainless Steel Power Drive Drum Tipper with twin controls on drum tipper head
This model included head-mounted tip and return controls.

Training video

A full operation and training video was supplied with the equipment to show correct usage. A video is also a great way to refresh operators with how best to use the equipment in the future.

Stainless Steel INOX (GMP), Powered Pneumatic Hydraulic Drum Tipper, ATEX Compliant
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Get in touch

If your company requires a piece of bespoke ATEX equipment please get in touch with our team. We will happily discuss your requirements and advise on the most suitable piece of equipment for your application. Alternatively take a look at our standard range of ATEX handling equipment and let us know what interests you.

Drum Rotators / Tippers

Tipping drums is an essential part of many industrial processes. Our drum rotators provide a safe way to lift and tip various drum types and sizes, and we can customise each rotator to suit your exact needs.

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If you need a custom manual handling solution, we can design and manufacture the right piece of equipment to meet your specific requirements. Talk to us to find out how we can help you.