Why Choose a Drum Based Processing System?
PharmaDrums™ make an ideal low cost processing container for
batches up to 500 litres. Typically the cost of a PharmaDrum™
will be approximately 25% of the equivalent IBC cost.
Pharmatech has supplied innovative drum processing systems to pharmaceutical
companies around the world, we have supplied all types from small
R&D companies right through to the major multi-nationals. Please
contact us for a reference list.
Drum with Cone Attachment
The modern approach to batch
of a PharmaDrum™
Each PharmaDrum™ is packed full of features that make it easy
to use and easy to look after.
PharmaDrums™ have a fully welded, crevice-free interior,
this helps to prevent cross contamination and facilitates thorough
Gauge Stainless Steel
PharmaDrums™ are manufactured from heavy gauge stainless
steel to build in strength and provide a long life. 316L stainless
steel is used as standard for maximum corrosion protection.
correct Top Rim
PharmaDrums™ are available with either a solid top rim or a
rolled top rim. For GMP Correct applications we recommend a solid
The advantage of the solid rim is that the under side of the rim is
smooth and crevice free. This means that there are no traps for product
or biological contamination. Where a crevice under the rim is not
an issue a rolled rim is available at lower cost. A solid rim is also
stronger than a rolled rim.
PharmaDrums™ are manufactured from heavy gauge stainless steel
and so do not require swages to give them additional rigidity. Swages
are recommended if the drum is to be mechanically handled.
PharmaDrums™ have asymmetric swages that are designed to shed
product when inverted (poorly designed round swages are well known
to hold product).
The method of emptying the drum will determine the orientation of
PharmaDrums™ are manufactured with a carefully contoured base
to provide maximum strength, be easily cleanable and ensure stability
under all load conditions.
Standard ‘O’ Ring seals are manufactured from white,
virgin silicone rubber (to FDA/CFR standard 177.2600).
For more demanding applications ‘O’ rings are available
manufactured from the following polymers:
- PTFE coated silicone
- Product Contact Parts
316L stainless steel
Silicone rubber (FDA/CFR) acceptable
Non-Product Contact Parts
304 stainless steel (clampband)
Internal - 1.0µm Ra (240
grit) welds ground and polished
External - 1.0µm Ra (240
grit) welds left as laid, crevice free and blended in
Other finishes available on request
Certificate of Conformity (free
Material Certificates (extra cost
Other documentation is available
at extra cost
Lids and bodies to be etched with
a unique identification number
Customer specific information
can also be etched - ask for details
Nominal Volume (litres):
Brimfull Volume (litres):
Internal Diameter (mm) A:
Max. Overall Diameter (mm) B:
Drum Body Height (mm) C:
Max Overall Height (mm) D:
Metal Thickness (mm):
Total Weight* (Kg):
* Total weight includes
drum body, lid, clampband & ‘O’ ring
A Top Hat allows a drum to be filled to the top as it provides the
extra space required for efficient blending.
The Top Hat usually has 50% of the volume of the drum.
Top Hats clamp to the drum in place of the drum lid. For extra security
Pharmatech have developed a heavy duty clamp band - this is able to
withstand the increased forces encountered when blending with a Top
Top Hats are available to suit all sizes of PharmaDrums™.
200L drum fitted with
a 100L Top Hat
The Standard Clampband is designed primarily to retain the lid during
storage and transportation. Security locking is achieved by using
The Heavy Duty Clampband is specially designed to handle the increased
forces that are experienced when blending with a drum and top hat.
Heavy Duty Clampbands are available for 560mm, 647mm and 750mm diameter
Suitable for use with PharmaDrums™
Range of sizes available
Symmetrical and Asymmetrical
Clamps in place of the drum
316L stainless steel construction
Internal finish: 1.0µm
Ra (240 grit), welds ground and polished
External finish: 1.0µm
Ra (240 grit), welds ground and polished
‘O’ Ring Seal
- FDA/CFR acceptable silicone rubber
A great advantage of using PharmaDrums™ is that they are easy
to clean between batches. Pharmatech offer a complete range of washing
systems. These systems are individually tailored to meet the requirements
of the customer.
Internal and external
Suitable for GMP
Custom built according
Mobile Washing Station
Drum Washer (180° Tipper) -
The machine shown is used to invert drums over a washing lance, which
then sprays the inside.
Drum Trolleys allow drums to be moved around a factory with the minimal
amount of manual handling
240 grit finish
Four steerable wheels (two
of which have brakes)
Flat deck trolleys are ideal when the load has to be slid on and off