Part 2. DRUM RECONDITIONING FACILITY
FUNCTION. The drum reconditioning facility consists of equipment required
to maintain and recondition 55-gallon steel drums manufactured to Interstate
Commerce Commission (ICC) specifications. Because of materials handled in
drums and for safety purposes, this facility is normally contained in at least
three buildings - one building for reconditioning, one building to isolate the
welding repair operation, and one building for the boiler plant.
ARCHITECTURAL REQUIREMENTS. The buildings housing the drum reconditioning
facility shall be insulated concrete masonry unit construction with standard
construction and finishes as specified in NAVFAC DM-l. Special acid resisting
finishes and equipment shall be provided as required by operational
requirements. Storage facilities shall be provided for paint, lubricating
oils, and caustic concentrates as described for flammable storage facilities
in section 14 of NAVFAC DM-28.1.
Operational Rules. Means for cleaning, reconditioning, testing,
and repairing (if necessary) are required before reissue for all drums
returned to a fuel facility for refilling or storage.
required for moving drums to repair buildings. Conveying equipment is also
necessary for moving drums through successive processing steps. These steps
with principal machinery and other essential installations for each area are
Drum Washing. Drum exteriors and interiors must be thoroughly
cleaned of products previously contained. Equipment used includes:
Automatic washer of enclosed type for cleansing with
caustic solution containing up to 8 percent caustic concentration. The washer
shall be provided with a sump for the solution and heating coils for heating
solution to 130 OF.
Pump with strainer and spraying equipment for interior
praying of drum in head down, vertical position.
Turntable for rotating drum while being externally
Electric motor for revolving spray heads. Automatic
timing control of spraying cycle, adjustable between 1 and 3 minutes, shall be
Automatically controlled cycle, adjustable between 20
and 60 seconds, for live steam (15 psi) spraying, to rinse caustic from drums
while drums are upended.
Automatic drum loading and unloading to washing
Conveyor to move drums to next operation.