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Safeguarding Fragile Chemical Materials: UniTrak's Tailored Solutions for Manufacturers and Processors

May 21, 2024

The handling of fragile chemical materials poses unique challenges that require specialized solutions to ensure product integrity, safety, and efficiency.

Fragile materials, including powders, granules, and delicate substances, demand gentle handling to prevent breakage, degradation, and contamination during bulk material conveying operations.

UniTrak, a leading manufacturer of bulk material handling equipment, offers innovative solutions to help chemical manufacturers and processors overcome these challenges and protect their valuable products.

In this blog, we will delve into the specific challenges and risks associated with handling fragile materials in the chemical industry, common types of fragile materials encountered, and how UniTrak's flexible line of equipment can address these challenges effectively.

Understanding the Challenges of Handling Fragile Materials in Chemical Manufacturing

Product Integrity

Fragile chemical materials, such as powdered catalysts, fine chemicals, and pharmaceutical intermediates, are susceptible to breakage and degradation during handling, leading to product loss and reduced quality.

Contamination Risk

Fragile materials must be handled with care to prevent contamination from foreign particles, impurities, and environmental factors, ensuring product purity and compliance with regulatory standards.

Dust Control

Fragile materials can generate fine dust particles during handling, posing health risks to workers and requiring effective dust containment measures to maintain a clean and safe working environment.

Hygiene Compliance

Chemical manufacturing facilities must adhere to strict hygiene and sanitation standards to prevent cross-contamination and ensure product safety, necessitating equipment designs that are easy to clean and sanitize.

Common Types of Fragile Bulk Materials in Chemical Manufacturing


Fragile catalyst materials, including heterogeneous catalysts and supported catalysts, require gentle handling to prevent breakage and maintain catalytic activity and efficiency.

Fine Chemicals

Delicate fine chemicals, such as specialty intermediates, polymers, and additives, must be handled with care to prevent degradation and ensure product purity and performance.

Pharmaceutical Intermediates

Fragile pharmaceutical intermediates and active ingredients must be protected from breakage, contamination, and degradation during handling to maintain their therapeutic efficacy and safety.

Managing Fragile Material Handling Challenges with UniTrak's Solutions

UniTrak offers a range of innovative solutions to address the challenges associated with handling fragile materials in chemical manufacturing and processing environments.

Here's how UniTrak's equipment features and customization options can help manufacturers and processors overcome specific challenges:

Gentle Handling Techniques

UniTrak's TipTrak bucket conveyors and UniFlex flexible screw conveyors employ gentle handling techniques, such as low-speed operation and smooth surfaces, to minimize product breakage and degradation.

Dust Containment

Enclosed conveying systems, such as UniTrak's PowderFlight aeromechanical conveyor, effectively contain dust generated by fragile materials, ensuring a safe working environment and regulatory compliance.

Hygienic Design

UniTrak's KleanTrak sanitary belt conveyor features stainless steel construction and easy-clean surfaces, ensuring compliance with strict hygiene and sanitation standards in chemical manufacturing.

Customization Options

UniTrak offers customizable options, such as adjustable speed controls, material-specific configurations, and anti-contamination features, to tailor equipment to the unique handling requirements of fragile materials in chemical manufacturing and processing.

UniTrak's Commitment to Innovation and Quality

With over 50 years of experience in the bulk material handling industry, UniTrak is renowned for its commitment to innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction.

UniTrak's diverse product portfolio, including TipTrak, UniFlex, PowderFlight, Bagstander, and KleanTrak, reflects its versatility and capability to handle a wide range of materials and applications, including fragile materials in chemical manufacturing.


In conclusion, handling fragile materials in chemical manufacturing and processing environments requires specialized solutions to mitigate risks and ensure product integrity, safety, and efficiency.

With UniTrak as a trusted partner, chemical manufacturers and processors can confidently navigate the complexities of fragile material handling, leveraging decades of expertise and innovation to achieve optimal performance and compliance with industry standards.

UniTrak's customizable equipment solutions are designed to meet the unique challenges of handling fragile materials, providing peace of mind and reliability in bulk material conveying operations.

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