Some severe service applications call for the vertical transport of heavy or bulky materials. Servicing of these applications can be done with continuous bucket elevators that are specially designed to handle the increased load and wear and tear that heavier materials impose on the equipment – standard-duty equipment may simply not be up to the task. In this blog, we look at the design characteristics and construction features of continuous bucket elevators for heavy materials.
Heavy materials are generally considered to be those of a relative high bulk density (i.e., greater than 100 pounds per cubic foot) and mass (weight). They include:
Moving heavy materials vertically with a continuous bucket elevator imposes a higher load on the equipment. These higher loads create additional stresses on the conveyor frame, drive assembly components, and buckets. In addition to the stresses imposed by the higher load, there are the impact stresses and wear that can result from feeding heavier materials into the conveyor buckets.
When moving heavier materials with a continuous bucket elevator, potential failure points that can occur are the following:
As noted above, for heavy material applications, standard-duty continuous bucket elevators are likely to be inadequate for the task. These elevators will lack the specialized equipment design, heavy-duty construction, and wear-resistant features that are needed to reliably service these types of applications.
TipTrak™ continuous bucket elevators designed for severe service applications involving heavy materials have the following features:
TipTrak™ elevators provide the ultimate in reliability, gentle handling and spillage-free operation. TipTrak™ elevators are available in a range of sizes, capacities, configurations, and construction styles. A wide variety of options are also available for customizing a TipTrak™ elevator to a specific application. For applications involving the handling of hazardous heavy materials, fully-sealed TipTrak™ Monocoque units provide full containment and explosion-proof operation. To find out more about TipTrak™ continuous elevators for heavy materials, please contact our sales team for further information.