Air Operated Barrel and Drum Pumps
We supply a range of air operated barrel and drum pumps used to transfer fuel, chemicals, and oil from one place to another with the prevention of pollutants.
An Air Operated Barrel Pump is typically used when electrical power is either not available, or more usually not desirable. For example when transferring flammable liquids an Air Operated Drum Pump significantly reduces the risk ignition due to a spark or high temperature. The actual pump section of an Air Driven Barrel Pump is the same as a standard drum/barrel pump. only the motor changes.
The ability to easily change motors means that a standard drum used in a safe area can easily be converted to an Air Driven Transfer Pump. However, it is important to note that just changing the motor does not mean the pump is ATEX rated. An Air Operated Fuel Transfer pump or an Air Operated Chemical Transfer Pump for flammable chemicals should also be used to the static protection kit. (part No.A101521). This may also be necessary if air operated oil pumps are required for an oil transfer operation.
It is not essential for Air Operated Liquid Pumps to be stainless steel, but we do recommend this.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main applications for air operated pumps?
Air operated pumps or air driven pumps are typically used in situations where it is not possible or not desirable to use other forms of power, such as electric motors.
How does an air driven pump work?
An air driven barrel pump operates in exactly the same as any other drum or barrel pump, except it has an air powered motor fitted instead of the more common electric motor.
What are the main features of an air operated pump?
In the case of an air operated barrel pump, they operate exactly in the same way as an electrically powered version. Except that an air powered motor is fitted instead of an electric motor.
What are the advantages of an air operated pump?
Air operated drum pumps or Air Operated Barrel Pumps can be used in applications where there is no electrical supply available or where an existing air supply is already fitted. Air operated barrel pumps can also be easier to control by simply adjusting the air supply to the air motor. Air Operated Chemical Transfer Pumps can be safer to operate when transferring volatile chemicals such as solvents and alcohols.
What are the limitations of an air operated pump?
The most obvious limitation is that an air operated barrel pump requires a suitable air supply to function. Also air operated drum pumps can be more expensive to operate as the air supply usually requires electricity to produce it. also air motors are not as powerful as electric motors and so will deliver a lower maximum flow rate and discharge pressure.
How doe air operated barrel pumps work?
As the name suggests, the pump is operated by air pressure. In the case of an air operated drum pump or air operated barrel pump, the air pressure is used to spin a rotor inside the motor.
What is air driven pump?
A pump that is powered by a high pressure air supply. Either powering an air motor or via a system of valves.
What is the maximum pressure for an air-operated pump?
In the case of the Finish Thompson PF series, the maximum head is 11.6 metres when fitted with an air motor.
What is the maximum flow rate of the pump?
In the case of the Finish Thompson PF series, the maximum head is 83 litres per minute when fitted with an air motor.
How much air does an air pump use?
This will depend on the flow rate, discharge pressure and the viscosity of the liquid being pumped.
How can I control the flow rate in an air-operated pump?
The flow rate on an air operated transfer pump can be controlled by adjusted of the air supply to the pump.
Does a pump that uses more air volume also use more energy?
Yes, the faster the pump runs, the more air it consumes and the more energy it uses.