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Spotlight: Overcoming bulk material handling risks and challenges in battery production with UniTrak

April 12, 2024

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

Battery minerals and metal powders require careful handling and conveying, as we've outlined in our recent series of articles. Battery manufacturers and processors are tasked with navigating these complexities, which, if left unaddressed or managed improperly, can have significant consequences on operations, product quality, and more. In this article, we'll explore the potential risks and consequences encountered in the handling of bulk materials for battery manufacturing, and how UniTrak's customizable solutions can help mitigate these challenges.

Abrasive Wear and Equipment Damage:

Risk: The abrasive nature of battery materials and metal powders such as graphite powder, lithium cobalt oxide, and lithium iron phosphate can cause rapid wear and damage to conveying equipment, leading to increased maintenance costs and downtime.

Consequence: Equipment failure can disrupt production schedules, resulting in delays and lost revenue. Additionally, the ingress of abrasive particles into equipment components can compromise material and product integrity.

UniTrak Solution: UniTrak's TipTrak™ bucket elevators are specifically engineered to withstand abrasive wear, with features such as interlocking buckets and rubber beltchains that minimize wear and reduce maintenance requirements. This ensures seamless, continuous operation and extends the lifespan of our conveying equipment.

Dust Emissions and Health Hazards:

Risk: The handling and conveying of bulk battery materials can generate dust emissions, posing health hazards to workers and contaminating the production environment.

Consequence: Exposure to airborne dust particles can lead to respiratory issues and other health complications for workers. Dust contamination can also compromise product quality and regulatory compliance.

UniTrak Solution: UniTrak offers enclosed configurations for TipTrak™ bucket elevators, minimizing dust emissions and creating a safer working environment. Additionally, the gentle conveying action of TipTrak™ reduces dust generation, ensuring cleaner operations and protecting worker health.

Spillage and Contamination:

Risk: Improper handling or conveying of battery materials can lead to spillage and contamination, resulting in product loss and compromised material integrity.

Consequence: Spillage and contamination can lead to product recalls, regulatory fines, and damage to brand reputation. Additionally, contamination of battery materials can impact battery performance and reliability.

UniTrak Solution: The interlocking bucket design of TipTrak™ bucket elevators prevents spillage and minimizes contamination risks, ensuring product integrity and regulatory compliance. UniTrak also offers fully customizable solutions tailored to specific material handling requirements, further reducing the risk of spillage and contamination.

Inefficient Operations and Increased Costs:

Risk: Inefficient material handling processes can lead to increased energy consumption, operating costs, and production inefficiencies.

Consequence: Higher operating costs can erode profit margins and hinder competitiveness in the market. Inefficient operations can also lead to missed production targets and customer dissatisfaction.

UniTrak Solution: UniTrak's TipTrak™ bucket elevators are designed for maximum efficiency, with features such as non-metallic bucket materials that reduce energy consumption and operating costs. Customizable configurations allow manufacturers to optimize material handling processes and improve overall efficiency.


Conclusion: Leveraging Customizable Solutions for Success

In the complex and demanding environment of battery production, addressing the risks and challenges associated with bulk material handling is essential for success. UniTrak's customizable solutions, such as the TipTrak™ bucket elevator, provide manufacturers with the tools they need to mitigate risks, ensure safety and compliance, and optimize production efficiency. By partnering with UniTrak, battery manufacturers can navigate the complexities of bulk material handling with confidence and achieve their production goals effectively.

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