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Drum Inverter for Pharmaceutical Areas

A fully-bespoke stainless steel drum inverter for handling pharmaceutical drums in a clean GMP environment.

Customer requirements

A client in the pharmaceutical industry required two drum tippers for their tablet manufacturing process. The equipment needed to lift specialist drums containing prescription drugs; drums would be inverted and loaded onto an automated dispensing machine. The blister line equipment had intake hoppers at a height of 2800mm and therefore extra-tall lifters were required.

The customer required a fully-bespoke head assembly to enable specialist drums with cones to be inverted, lifted out of reach, and then detached without any physical contact or powered functionality. The bespoke forks on the head featured protruding end-stops which retained the drum while downward load was applied.

The lifters were to be manufactured from 304-grade stainless steel with a very smooth clean finish for use in the pharmaceutical area.

image of the sts drum lifter suitable for the pharmaceutical industry
Custom forks for handling special drums and cones.
stainless steel drum tipper suitable for the pharmaceutical industry
304-grade stainless steel finish construction.

Key functionality required:

  • Safe working load (SWL) of 150kg;
  • Special forks for easy drum loading;
  • Powered electric-hydraulic lift function;
  • Telescopic lift height exceeding 2800mm;
  • 180° manual rotation to invert drum and cone;
Bespoke head assembly to enable specialist drums with cones
Manual gearbox rotation to 180°.
stainless telescopic drum tipper at full height holding a drum inverter
Telescopic dual-mast lift up to 2800mm.
Stainless steel drum tipper for a food company
Inverted drum showing bespoke fork design.

Trials and stability testing

As with all stacker trucks we manufacture, a stability tilt test is carried out upon a new design being introduced. The tilt test is designed to ensure the stability envelope detailed in the design stage corresponds with the actual stability of the unit. With this project it was important that tests were also carried out on the new fork design. A number of crash tests were conducted to verify that the drum would not escape from the head during a collision or malfunction.

Drum Inverter for Pharmaceutical Area (Model: STE04-RRM03-SS)
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If you require a custom lifter to handle a special drum and cone assembly, please get in touch with our team. We can tailor our range of products to suit your exact requirements with a full design and build service.

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