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Bulking Up? Nothing’s unpumpable for Kecol

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A pumping system for all kinds of applications


With more than 25 years’ experience in pumping viscous materials, Kecol is a popular choice for many global pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food manufacturers. The company manufactures pneumatic, positive displacement piston pumps and priming systems in polished stainless steel, for transferring high viscosity non-flowable products from drums and containers as used in the cosmetic, food, pharmaceutical, chemical and general industries.


Products in drums or similar sized vessels that normally need to be heated in order to reduce the viscosity – can be transferred cold. Products with a viscosity up to 10,000 Poise could be transferred using the Kecol Maxiprime system, which can also be used to transfer products that stick to the inside of open top vessels, wiping the inside of the drum or vessel and minimising product waste.


Kecol drum pumps and transfer systems are suitable for all standard size closed top or open top drums and could be adapted to suit open top containers with an internal diameter of up to 1200mm. Non contact parts, as well as contact parts, are available in polished stainless steel, clamp construction for hygienic applications.

Typical applications in the food Industry include pumping tomato puree, concentrated fruit juice, honey, fruit pastes, biscuit creams, jams, butter, margarine, sweet mince meat, sausage meat and pie fillings.


Pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications include pumping: Mascara, petroleum jelly, face cream, base creams, magnesium hydroxide, aluminium hydroxide, toothpaste, lip-gloss, waxes and suntan lotions.


Chemical & general applications include pumping: Paints, resins, adhesives, polymers, latex, high viscosity grease, mastics and inks, all pumped cold without pre-heating the products.


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Kecol Pumping Systems offers bespoke solutions for all requirements


Many products and raw materials are being offered in bulk, as this allows suppliers to be more competitive. However, when this is applied to viscous materials this could lead to problems for the process engineers in terms of emptying the material and getting into the process. The obvious solution is to heat the material to reduce the viscosity and allow it to pour. The downside to this is the time involved to reach a suitable temperature and also the cost of heating.

Using a pump is not the automatic choice, as many of the products are considered “unpumpable”. Kecol, which has many years’ experience in pumping viscous materials from drums, process vessels and bulk containers, including IBC, Pallecons and MB5, provides prospective customers with the assurance that the systems will handle viscous materials, by offering a loan system that enabled the customer to test the system prior to purchase. This not only proved to the client that the systems worked, but also allowed Kecol to confirm the correct choice of equipment. The loan service also affords the client the chance to consider any modifications that might be required to meet specific plant, process or operator needs.



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