Drum Washer Crushers - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is a Drum Washer Crusher?

A Drum Washer Crusher is a machine built to wash and crush metal drums within the same chamber. Drumbeaters of America provides the largest selection of drum washer crushers in order to meet any special project requirements.

2. Do you have a products catalog with technical specifications?

Our website is our product online catalog. Visitors are allow to download a brochure from every product page.

3. Why doesn't your website show prices?

All our products are custom made, the prices can change dramatically according to many factors.

4. Do you deliver outside the United States?

Yes, we do. We provide worldwide distribution.

5. What is the delivery time of your equipments?

The delivery time depends on several factors, including project complexity, custom requirements, logistics, the number of current projects, and the purchase date. Typically, the estimated delivery time ranges from 6 to 8 weeks.

6. How can I determine the most recommended solution to my environmental problem?

You can determine the most recommended solution by calling one of our environmental engineers for free a consultation.

7. Why is knowing the number of drums to be washed and crushed important?

The number of drums to be cleaned and disposal in a given time period (per day, per week or per month) must be conveyed to the manufacturer of the Drum Washing Crushing System in addition to knowing what a day means in your company. Is a day considered 8 hours or do you operate your facility 24 hours?

The answers to these questions are important for you as a user when selecting a Drum Washing Crushing System. Processing 30 drums per day versus 120 drums per day or more will dictate the size of your system and how much automation is required to achieve your goals. Both factors have an impact on the total cost of the Washing Crushing System. Drumbeaters's sales application experts can assist you to find the right size system for your application.

8. Why is it important to know what type of residues will be washed from the drums?

The type or types of residues to be removed from your drums is very important for the manufacturer of the washing system to know because this has an impact on the design of the washing system and the cost of the system. Will you need an oil skimmer? Will you need a Multi-Media Filtration System? Will you need heat? Will you need a special water based cleaning solvent for the type of residue to be removed? Will you need Drumbeaters's Cryo-Cleaner System for hard to remove solid materials such as but not limited to sticky adhesives and mastics, solidified hot melt, solidified urethane adhesive, black dispersion material, any solid cured material?

9. Why is it important to know whether or not the drums are to be reused or recycled?

It is important to know if the drums to be cleaned will be reused or recycled. Some of the drums may only need to be washed and some the drums may need both washing and rinsing. The answer to this question influences the design and cost of the washing system. Further, if drums are to be recycled, then a drum crusher may be required for crushing steel drums or a plastic drum saw for cutting plastic drums.

10. Why is the GPM of the wash pump important to know?

The GPM (gallons per minute) of the wash pump is a very important factor of the wash system. The horsepower of a motor is NOT indicative of the performance of an aqueous washing system. For example, a wash pump with a five horsepower motor may only be rated at 45 GPM whereas a one horsepower motor of another system may pump 100 GPM. This is not to say the one pump is superior to the other, but that pump designs are varied for specific uses.

Since an aqueous washing system is more dependent on the volume of wash fluid that is pumped than the pressure (psi) for a good cleaning performance, the GPM can be the most important aspect of the wash pump. You need a large volume of fluid to carry the particles and solids to the drain.

11. What are the benefits of heating the wash fluid and rinse fluid?

Depending on the type of residue being washed out of the drums, heating the wash fluid contributes greatly to the speed and effectiveness of a washing system with the added benefit of the drum drying quickly after washing/rinsing due to the latent heat of vaporization which often eliminates the need for an expensive drying system.

Further, the heating system must be able to maintain the desired temperature of the wash fluid. You do not want to have to wait for the wash fluid to heat back up again after only washing a few drums. Also, Drumbeaters wash & rinse recirculation tanks are fully insulated to reduce heat loss overnight when systems are not operating.

12. Why is a prewash residue removal system important?

By using Drumbeaters Product Extraction System for removing residues as much as possible in the drums before washing the drums, the cleaning cycles are shorter, the frequency for decanting the wash fluid is reduced thus keeping the wash fluid cleaner longer and many products can be recovered for reuse. This opens the door for recovery of flowable residues such as paints, oil, fuels, solvents and many other residue materials that can then be reused or remanufactured and thus turning waste into sellable products. It is a “win win” situation.

13. What is required for installation of a drum washing system?

Drumbeaters drum Washing systems are engineered as a complete system to make installation easy and efficient. Our washing systems can be installed in hours not days. Each major system component and the connections between the major system components are pre-wired and pre-plumbed. All connecting plumbing between the system components are pre-cut and ready to connect to valves that are tagged. The electrical cables between the system components have multi-pin plugs that are easily plugged into the electrical control panels provided with the wash system. In the early stages of the project, the layout of the wash system is determined. The customer only has to bring the utilities to the washing system and then connect the utilities to the washing system based on the approved equipment layout.

14. How are labor costs reduced with a drum washing crushing system?

Drumbeaters drum washing crushing systems can achieve extremely high labor productivity per man hour through automation and using the latest technology in water based cleaning solvents. Therefore, fewer employees are necessary to process the drums.

15. How a drum washer crusher system can reduce employee injuries?

With automation, an employee is less likely to suffer injuries…pressing a “Start” button is less hazardous than using a power washer and external compacting systems. Drumbeaters drum washing crushing systems are sort of like an insurance policy to ward off the slip and fall problems with wet floors and leaky hoses and therefore has the potential to reduce your insurance costs.

16. How are replacement parts diagnostics handled?

Many parts used in Drumbeaters systems are manufactured by companies whose parts are available on a global basis and Drumbeaters ships replacement parts anywhere in the world. Also, Drumbeaters offers a remote diagnostic option that allows Drumbeaters to evaluate your system from Drumbeaters office in the USA if ever needed.

17. How can I find out the most appropriate recirculation tank system?

The recirculation tank system depends of many factors like number of drums to be washed per day, amount of waste inside of drums, washing cycle time, etc. In any case we do recommend to contact our Drumbeaters’s specialist before doing a selection.

18. Do you provide equipment with international electrical requirements?

Yes, we do.

19. Can you provide contact information of previous clients?

The privacy of our clients is fundamental in our business relationships. Contact information cannot be made public under any circumstances.

20. Can we visit your facility for a demo or presentation?

Yes, you can. Please contact our office to schedule a visit.

21. Do you have representatives in other parts of the world?

No, we don’t. We are a manufacturing company. We provide worldwide distribution.

22. Do you have a Spanish sales representative?

Yes, we have. Please contact sales@drumbeaters.com for more information.

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