“What goes up must come down” is a quote (attributed to Isaac Newton) and a concept (the law of gravity) that most people are familiar with.
When applied to conveying material, the second part should be adjusted to: “What goes up probably needs a bucket elevator.”
One of the many types of bulk material handling equipment offered by CDM Systems, bucket elevators specialize in vertical or high-lift conveying of large amounts of material using a series of buckets. They can be found in multiple industries and are effective at handling a variety of materials ranging from heavy iron ore pellets to powdery, dusty, dry material such as sand and fly ash.
But just as this equipment can handle more than one type of material in more than one industry, there is more than one type of bucket elevator: centrifugal and continuous. Our Bucket Elevators Info Sheet goes into more illustrated detail about the differences between the two, but in basic terms:
Centrifugal bucket elevators are used most frequently for free-flowing, fine or powdered materials such as grain, clay, sugar, finished cement and dry chemicals.
Continuous bucket elevators are recommended for large-capacity, severe-duty applications that handle friable materials.
These differences only tell part of the story. The specific industry in which the equipment will be operating is another important factor in the bucket elevator selection process. Our individual industry pages offer additional insight and equipment recommendations, but here are some general guidelines for the industries we serve:
And there you have it: (almost) everything you wanted to know about bucket elevators. To learn more about why CDM bucket elevators are the ideal vertical conveying solution for a variety of materials, elevations and discharge requirements, contact a CDM expert today. With more than 40 years of experience building bucket elevators in a variety of configurations, we are uniquely qualified to help you make the right equipment decision that will literally take your material handling to the next level.
The CDM story is about recognizing every industrial operation is different, as are their conveying challenges. A custom-engineered conveying system is a cost-effective approach to any operation willing to look at the value of having a partner who is vested in your success and one who stands by their product. CDM has earned more than 91 percent repeat business because we’re more than just a conveying systems manufacturer – we’re a business partner.
For further information contact:
Andrew Parker, President CDM Systems, Inc.