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  • Essai
  • Plan d'accès

Automatic drum deconditioning unit

Capacity from 30 drums/hr to 60 drums/hr
Header line DrumMatic®

Deconditioning of barrels

Suitable for emptying carbon steel, stainless steel, cardboard, kraft or plastic drums, the integrated DrumMatic® line is perfectly suited to demanding chemical and food process environments. The drums are automatically depalletized by a 5-axis robot, emptied of their product which is integrated into the downstream process using the barrel turner.

  • Full automation
  • 24/7 operation
  • Cleaner process
  • High capacity
  • Safe and ergonomic

Palamatic Process can guarantee a turnkey solution for the automatic deconditioning of barrels, managed from order to commissioning by our teams of process specialists in automated lines.


  DrumMatic® 01 DrumMatic® 02 DrumMatic® 03 DrumMatic® 04
Drum dimension

Diam - 390 - 650 mm
Height : 570 - 970
300 Kg / drum max

Sealing No No Yes Yes
Capacity 30 drums/h 60 drums/h 15 drums/h 30 drums/h
Drum emptying type Total Total Dosing after emptying Total
Turner table DrumFlow® 03 DrumFlow® 03 DrumFlow® 04 DrumFlow® 04

Preparation of drums for automatic loading

Pallets of full drums are stored by accumulation on roller conveyors. The driver places the drums of product on an anti-static conveyor, where the straps and plastic films surrounding the drums are removed.

The drums are then transferred to the drum opening station where the operator removes the lids and opens the inner bag, when applicable. In order to optimize the operator ergonomics, a turntable is integrated to allow easy access and handling of the drums. Following validation with a two-handed safety system, the pallet of drums is loaded and the rest of the process takes place in full automation.

► Does the installation completely empty the barrels automatically?

Yes. The operator still needs to:

  • Load the pallets of drums onto the conveyors
  • Scan the drum reference (optional)
  • Remove lids and desiccant bags

The rest of the process is automated.

Depalettization of drums by robot

The pallet advances to the robot depalletizing station. A 5-axis palletizing robot analyzes the loading of the pallet using its optical sensor. Handling of the barrel is conducted by a sturdy gripper which places the full drum on the deconditioning station. The special gripper developed by Palamatic Process makes it possible to guarantee the correct handling of the barrel during the transfer phase. This self-tightening device ensures continuous line availability.
These phases of palletizing and depalletizing the drums are programmed in order to optimize line throughput.

► Which drums are compatible with handling by an articulated robot?

Metal and stainless steel drums with their rounded edges are ideal for handling by the gripper. When handling plastic drums, special attention must be paid to the deformation of the drums. A rim must be present on the drum to automate its deconditioning. Cardboard drums, if they are not equipped with rims, must be taken into special consideration to define which mechanical or pneumatic gripper to choose.

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Automatic drum unloading

The drum is automatically placed on the DrumFlow® 04 unloading station. A conveyor wedges the drum in the turn table. A cone covers the barrel and where an internal inflating seal provide a dust tight connection. The holding rods descend into the barrel to prevent the internal bags from coming loose in the process.

The device then swivels and turns the barrel upside down. The cone is then docked in the receiving hopper while maintaining a dust tight seal where the material is then emptied and dosed. The 180 ° inversion allows a total emptying of the barrel’s contents. The system from start to stop is fully contained. A vacuum chamber can be added around the drum deconditioning system for the most toxic of products.

► How to choose an automatic drum emptying station?

How to choose between DrumFlow® 03 and DrumFlow® 04 stations? To do this, answer these 5 questions.

  • Is my receiving hopper or receiving device narrow?
  • Is my powder explosive?
  • Is my product CMR?
  • Is my product dusty?
  • Should my product not come into contact with my operators?

If you answer YES to only one of these questions, we recommend DrumFlow® 04. Otherwise, using DrumFlow® 03 is sufficient.

The drum is then palletized by the robotic arm and the pallet of empty drums is removed by the roller conveyor.

Standard applications

This process line is used in multiple cases:

  • Safe deconditioning of hazardous material drums
  • Feeding reactors from drums on chemical sites
  • QSE safety projects for turning drums (operator safety) on chemical and agri-food sites
  • Deconditioning of products with high added value in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors - such as calcium carbonate or high purity copper.


  • Enclosure confined around the turn table
  • Cartesian robot for heavy loads
  • Automatic cover removal station
  • Dosing of the unpacked product by a screw feeder or rotary valve
Customer cases

Discover the installations of our customers who use the DrumMatic® automatic drum deconditioning line.


All the equipment integrated into the DrumMatic® process line is available below.

Drum discharging system - DrumFlow®03
Tipping over, All drums sizes, No drum manipulation, Safety
Drum discharging system - DrumFlow® 04
Tipping over and sealed capping, Total containment, No manipulation, Toxic products applications
Industrial automation - Pal'Touch®
Programmable automatons for a precise monitoring of your production line.
production line palamatic process

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