CASE STUDY: Bespoke ATEX stainless steel twin head double drum handler

2022-05-28 16:52:39


A pharmaceutical company in West Yorkshire contacted us with a requirement for a twin head double drum handler fork truck attachment.

It needed to suit a range of forks trucks, to lift steel drums and plastic ‘L ‘ring drums and be suitable for use in an ATEX Zone 1 or 2 spark proof area and washing down.

We incorporated our standard design Grab-O-Matic 2-DTLR-P twin head double drum handler, and manufactured 2 special units completely from stainless steel.

The design had larger than standard fork pockets to account for the larger forks on the range of trucks on site, and a chain and clamp system to attach the forks to the truck in place of the standard T-bolt or quick release system.

The drum supports had rubber fenders for protection and to minimise any dents or scratches to the drums during handling.

  • The twin head gripping heads with the double jaw gripping system help spread the load on the rim of the drum, giving a more secure grip and reducing any possible rim damage making them suitable for light gauge steel or plastic ‘L’ ring drums.

Very heavy drums up to 1000kg can also be safely grabbed with the twin heads.

The majority of Grab-O-Matic drum handling equipment can be manufactured to suit ATEX spark proof areas or manufactured completely from stainless steel for ATEX or clean room operations. Please contact us for further details.

For enquiries please contact:

Andy Bow – St Clare Engineering Ltd
Tel: 02380 643402
Fax: 02380 642189



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