An East Coast company specializing in storage and transportation of hazardous chemicals worked with Specialty Equipment to create a new venture for the packaging of liquid chemicals. The company decided to become a "one-stop shopping center" by designing a drum and tote filling system to add to its other services.
A team was formed to have a new drum filling line up and running within three months. Before promising its customers on-time delivery, the company had to coordinate building contractors, piping specialists and drum filling systems manufacturers, all willing and able to meet a tight schedule.
The team did its research, and without quibbling over nickels and dimes, they selected Specialty Equipment of Houston, Texas, for the drum and IBC filling system, based on the company’s reputation for high-quality, on-time deliveries and professionalism.
Specialty Equipment immediately assigned a project manager to set-up a communications network with the customer. Daily contact included phone and e-mails, plus a customer trip to Houston to view the testing of the system. Specialty Equipment also coordinated with other customer vendors for piping, electrical, pneumatics, construction and labeling.
The customer converted a portion of warehouse space into a Class 1, Division 1 electrical classification for a hazardous filling operation, handling a variety of products in a one-shift operation. Empty 55-gallon drums arriving at the side door were manually unloaded and pre-labeled before being placed onto a pallet for the fork truck to load onto the conveyor feeding the filling machine.
The drum and IBC filling operation is semi-automatic, filling four drums in four minutes. The liquid is pumped to the filler at 80GPM. The conveyor automatically moves a pallet onto a scale-mounted conveyor and stops. The operator guides the fill lance to the bung opening then releases the button. The fill cycle automatically fills the drum from the bottom up. The product level is tracked and signals the lance to rise automatically. The PLC prompts the operator of any problems or required maintenance.
A special rack holds up to six quick-change lances used to avoid cross-contamination. Tool balancers hang near the filler with air-tools for bung and cap placement. The drum filler also has a sampler valve, overfill protection and a rising boom to allow for 330-gallon IBC containers, as well as a clean-in-place flush assembly.
The recorded filling data includes system weight verification, fill data printouts, cycle rates, actual weight per drum, containers counted, total traceability and fill accuracy.
All agreed, it was the commitment and communication of both the customer and the vendor that made this improbable mission very successful.