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Overcoming Complexities in Conveying Bulk Materials for Battery Production

March 26, 2024

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

Handling bulk powders and materials, in battery manufacturing, poses significant challenges. From abrasive wear on equipment to the risk of contaminating high-purity battery materials, manufacturers must navigate a complex landscape to ensure seamless production processes, as we explored in our last article. Here, we'll explore specific equipment that can be used to overcome these challenges and explore solutions tailored to the unique needs of battery production facilities.

Understanding the Challenges

Abrasive materials such as graphite powder, lithium cobalt oxide, and lithium iron phosphate present unique challenges in material handling. Conventional conveying methods may struggle to withstand the abrasive wear caused by these materials, leading to increased maintenance costs, downtime, and potential quality issues.

To address these challenges effectively, battery manufacturers must leverage specialized equipment capable of handling abrasive materials with precision and efficiency. Let's explore some common types of equipment used in bulk material handling and their suitability for battery production applications:

Bucket Elevators

Bucket elevators are commonly used to convey bulk materials such as powders and granules. Traditional steel-chain bucket elevators, however, may struggle to withstand the abrasive wear caused by battery materials, leading to premature failure and increased downtime.

UniTrak's TipTrak bucket conveyor offers a superior solution for handling abrasive materials in battery production. With its unique design featuring interlocking buckets and a rubber beltchain, TipTrak minimizes wear and enhances handling efficiency. Bucket elevators with non-moving parts reduce maintenance requirements and eliminate contamination of battery materials, ensuring optimal product quality and reliability.

Aeromechanical Conveyors

Aeromechanical conveyors make use of flexible cables or chains with disc-shaped flights (or pucks) to transport bulk materials and powders through an enclosed tube. While suitable for conveying abrasive materials, aeromechanical conveyors may pose challenges in maintaining cleanliness and preventing contamination in battery production environments.

Pneumatic Conveyors

Pneumatic conveyors use air pressure to transport bulk materials through a pipeline system. While suitable for certain applications, pneumatic conveyors may not be ideal for handling highly abrasive materials, as they can cause excessive wear on the conveying pipeline, require frequent maintenance and degrade friable materials.

UniTrak's Customized Solutions for Battery Production

At UniTrak, we understand the complexities of bulk material handling in battery production and offer custom solutions tailored to the unique needs of our customers. Our TipTrak bucket elevators are specifically engineered to address the challenges posed by abrasive materials, providing unmatched performance, reliability, and efficiency in battery production applications.

The unique design of TipTrak, featuring interlocking buckets and no moving parts, minimizes wear and maintenance requirements, ensuring continuous operation and maximum uptime. With enclosed configurations available, TipTrak prevents spillage and dust contamination, maintaining a clean and safe working environment for battery manufacturing personnel.

Moreover, UniTrak's TipTrak bucket elevators are designed to handle a wide range of abrasive materials commonly used in battery production, including graphite powder, lithium cobalt oxide, and lithium iron phosphate. Our 50+ year proven track record in conveying abrasive materials, such as bentonite, precious metal powders (i.e. in mining and recovery industries) and crushed glass cullet – demonstrates the effectiveness of TipTrak in reducing operating costs and enhancing productivity for battery manufacturers worldwide.


As battery production continues to expand to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles and energy storage systems, the importance of reliable material handling solutions cannot be overstated. UniTrak's TipTrak bucket elevators offer a superior solution for conveying abrasive materials in battery production, providing unmatched performance, reliability, and efficiency.

By partnering with UniTrak, battery manufacturers can overcome the complexities of bulk material handling and achieve optimal production outcomes. Contact us today to learn more about our custom solutions for battery production and discover how UniTrak can help elevate your operations to new heights.

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