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Comparing Bulk Material Handling Equipment for Battery Production

April 4, 2024

This article is the fourth in a five-part series focusing on bulk material handling challenges in the battery production space. Read the previous post.

The efficient handling of bulk powders and abrasive materials is of paramount importance in the world of battery production, processing and recycling. Manufacturers face the challenge of selecting the most suitable conveying equipment to ensure seamless production processes while maintaining product quality and safety standards.  

In this article, we'll compare bucket conveyors to pneumatic conveyors and highlight UniTrak's leading role in providing superior material handling solutions for battery applications.

Bucket Conveyors vs. Pneumatic Conveyors: A Comparative Analysis

Bucket Conveyors


  • Robust and durable construction, well-suited for handling abrasive materials commonly found in battery production and recycling.
  • Versatile design allows for gentle handling of powders and granules, minimizing product degradation and preserving material integrity.
  • Customizable configurations and features, such as enclosed designs and interlocking buckets, mitigate dust emissions and spillage, ensuring a clean and safe working environment.

UniTrak's TipTrak™ bucket elevators offer specific features tailored to the challenges of handling abrasive battery materials, including:

  • Rubber Beltchain: Eliminates maintenance requirements common to steel chains, for example chain stretch, and reduces downtime and operating costs.
  • Interlocking Bucket Design: Prevents spillage and minimizes dust generation, maintaining product integrity and supporting worker safety.
  • Non-metallic Bucket Material: Abrasion-resistant buckets are designed to support each customer's unique application. In the context of conveying battery powders, non-metallic buckets provide a non-conductive, abrasion-resistant option, improving longevity and performance, reducing noise, operating costs and energy consumption.


  • Limited to vertical, horizontal or inclined conveying applications, may not be suitable for all material handling requirements.
  • Higher initial investment compared to some pneumatic conveyor systems.

Pneumatic Conveyors


  • Suitable for conveying materials over long distances and around obstacles, offering flexibility in plant layout and design.
  • Ideal for transporting fragile or friable materials, minimizing product damage during handling.
  • Can handle a wide range of material types and sizes, from fine powders to bulky granules.
  • Well-suited for conveying bulk materials over vast lengths.


  • Limited suitability for highly abrasive materials, such as those encountered in battery production and recycling.
  • Higher energy consumption compared to bucket conveyors, resulting in increased operating costs over time.
  • Maintenance-intensive, with pneumatic pipelines prone to wear and leakage, requiring regular inspections and repairs.

UniTrak: A Leader in Bulk Material Conveying Solutions

UniTrak is a trusted provider of bulk material conveying equipment for complex applications, offering a diverse range of solutions tailored to the unique needs of battery manufacturers and processors. Our TipTrak™ bucket elevators are specifically engineered to overcome the challenges of handling abrasive battery materials, providing unmatched performance, reliability, and efficiency.

With features such as interlocking buckets, rubber beltchains, and dust-tight configurations, TipTrak™ bucket elevators ensure safe and efficient handling of even the most challenging materials.

Conclusion: Choosing the Right Solution for Battery Material Handling

In the dynamic landscape of battery production and recycling, selecting the right conveying equipment is crucial to achieving optimal performance and efficiency. While pneumatic conveyors offer flexibility and versatility, bucket conveyors, particularly UniTrak's TipTrak™ bucket elevators, stand out as the ideal solution for handling abrasive battery materials.

By partnering with UniTrak, battery manufacturers and processors can leverage innovative material handling solutions tailored to their specific needs, ensuring seamless production processes and maintaining a competitive edge in the industry.

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