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Drum handling equipment for ATEX areas

20 March 2019

St Clare Engineering has manufactured one of its Grab-O-Matic model DH-1 single drum handlers in stainless steel for a client to use within an ATEX zone.

The DH-1 is suitable for steel drums only with pronounced rolling rims. Drums are automatically grabbed around the waist and released when set onto a surface and the truck reversed away.

The company's fork attachment drum handling equipment is usually made from high quality British steel, with frames and pillars made from 6-12mm steel to ISO 9001:2015 standard and issued with test certificates to guarantee safe operation.

However, in this case stainless steel was used in the manufacture of the DH-1 because it was going to be used in ATEX spark proof areas, clean rooms, or both.

Stainless steel eliminates the possibility of sparking when the drum grab hits the steel drum. It can be certified for use in ATEX Zones including 0, 1 or 2 and also gas and dust zones.

Most of the Grab-O-Matic drum handler range can also be manufactured from stainless steel for use in ATEX areas including the 1 and 2-DLR Rim Grippers, SC10 Drum Rotator and 1-DLR-BG Base Gripper.