Image Credit: Metalfab, Inc.   Bulk handling conveyors carry materials such as grain, coal, pellets or any other powder, granular or bulk media.   Types of Bulk Handling Conveyors   There are many different types of bulk handling conveyors. Major categories include:   Belt conveyors include flat belt, magnetic belt and trough belt conveyors. They are the most commonly used type of bulk handling conveyor because of their reliability,...
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Q & A on Bulk Handling Conveyors

We asked our users for their input on Bulk Handling Conveyors. Here are the results of 78 users familiar with Bulk Handling Conveyors.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing bulk handling conveyor design?
11 answers
Answers:
Variable speed motors, weighing machines, storage loop takeups, belting materials and construction, afc conveyor flight tip design, anti-slug grade pans etc., anti-degradation chutes.
~LES A, ENGINEERING CONSULTANT NOW RETIRED DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF THE BRITISH COAL MINES, MANSFIELD, ENGLAND
I'm not sure. I don't get to keep up with high tech innovations because of our workload and the currently used 'primitive' approach still works.
~Process consultant, Idalou, TX
There is software now available which calculates easily pressure drop in the conveying line, and calculates the air and particle velocity, etc.
~Dhruv S, Manufacturer, Ahmedabad, India.
From Germany. The Conveyors and Elevators that the Zement Industry uses are coming from there.
~Marketing/Sales, LIMA, Peru
Motorized roller, RFID, Automated storage and retrieval systems. autonomous ground vehicles.
~Harry W, Field Service Engeenier, Newport News, VA
We are concerned with impact on environmental issues.
~CHRISTOPHER McLEAN, DIRECTOR COO, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Transfer point design, mass flow bins
~Larry Kessler, Project Manager, Harrisburg, PA
Inverters and drive shaft connections
~Pete, Design Engineer, Victoria, Australia
Scada, catia, autocad with pro-e
~Marketing/Sales, Bangalore, India
Pneumatic Conveying
~Engineering, Design, Manila, Philippines
Sanwich conveyors
~DEBI P, Chartered Engineer, BHUBANESWAR, INDIA

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative bulk handling conveyors?
10 answers
Answers:
We have dealt with Chantland Conveyor, Rapat, Universal. All seem well suited to our seed applications. I think Interoll's powered drive pulleys show some creative engineering.
~Process consultant, Idalou, TX
Aumund Germany - We were authorized representation of Link Belt until Rex bought the company.
~Marketing/Sales, LIMA, Peru
Difficult to tell, because every company has their specialty in the field.
~Dhruv S, Manufacturer, Ahmedabad, India.
I need to know this apart from DOS SANTOS
~DEBI P, Chartered Engineer, BHUBANESWAR, INDIA
Flsmidth, Masyc, FMC, Metso etc...
~Marketing/Sales, Bangalore, India
USC, LLC (my company, naturally)
~Bill T, Design Engineer, Sabetha, KS
Superior, Steel Systems, Mellott
~Larry Kessler, Project Manager, Harrisburg, PA
Swisslog
~Harry W, Field Service Engeenier, Newport News, VA
LYNX USA
~CHRISTOPHER McLEAN, DIRECTOR COO, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Gericke
~Engineering, Design, Manila, Philippines

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used bulk handling conveyors for?
26 answers
Answers:
Side Wall conveyors on lesser space available for handling petroleum coke, High Angle conveyors on open Pit Mines, Aerobelt conveyors for fines application and conventional belt conveyors for all usages.
~DEBI P, Chartered Engineer, BHUBANESWAR, INDIA
Raw material handling for cement plants Coal conveyors for utilities Limestone handling in mines Chip stacking and reclaiming Limestone stacking, blending and reclaiming
~Engineering, Process/Production, Ringwood, NJ
Cement industry, Sugar, Mining, Food, Beverage and where Conveyors and Elevators are working. We supply also Spare Parts and all components needed.
~Marketing/Sales, LIMA, Peru
We are conveying PVC dry blend powder and also prepare a batch by various components vacuum conveyed on top of mixer as per batch capacity.
~Dhruv S, Manufacturer, Ahmedabad, India.
Sawmills, OSB, particle board, MDF, plywood, and gypsum board plants. Conveying wood chips, bark, hogged fuel, gypsum, etc.
~Engineering, Consulting, Hot Springs, AR
Coal, fertilizers, biomass, sugar, cement, sponge iron pellet plants, iron ores, limestone, paper & pulp, etc....
~Marketing/Sales, Bangalore, India
Coal loading and unloading Currently working on 2 new ports in Australia and 2x 12 capesize MCF ports in Vietnam
~CHRISTOPHER McLEAN, DIRECTOR COO, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
COAL MINING CUT AND COVER TUNNELING APPLICATIONS. HARD ROCK TUNNELING APPLICATIONS. QUARYING.
~LES A, ENGINEERING CONSULTANT NOW RETIRED DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF THE BRITISH COAL MINES, MANSFIELD, ENGLAND
Non-tower route NSD Powders Processing and NSD Bar Soap Manufacturing
~Engineering, Design, Manila, Philippines
Special for bulk contaner back door loading Pneumatic conveying
~Engineering, Process/Production, Rijen, Netherlands
Cranes, dynamic accumulation conveyor, High speed sortation,
~Harry W, Field Service Engeenier, Newport News, VA
Rock crushing plants, rail loading, industrial minerals
~Larry Kessler, Project Manager, Harrisburg, PA
Conveying: seed, nuts, potatoes, potato chips, etc
~Bill T, Design Engineer, Sabetha, KS
Conveying 6 tons per hour of detergent power.
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Taiz, Yemen
Transporting crushed rock Moving Seed
~Process consultant, Idalou, TX
Coal, flyash, bottom ash, alumina
~Engineering, Consulting, Neutral Bay, Australia
GRAIN , FERTILIZER AND RECYCLING
~Purchasing, GRIFFITH, Australia
Polyethelene pellets and powder
~Engineering, Consulting, Jubail Ind. City 31961, Saudi Arabia
Dossing, feeders, transport.
~Project Management, Rancagua, Chile
Wheat , maize and soyabeans
~Marketing/Sales, NDOLA, Zambia
For Coal and Ore Handling
~Engineering, Process/Production, Jakarta, Indonesia
Transport maize and wheat
~Engineering, Process/Production, Hennenman, South Africa
Bulk cargo handling
~Engineering, Process/Production, Dolvi, India
Bauxite, alumina
~Engineering, Design, Pinjarra, Australia
Granular sugar
~Engineering, Faculty/Staff/Student, Toronto, Canada
Potato, onion
~Pete, Design Engineer, Victoria, Australia

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that bulk handling conveyors have been used for.
4 answers
Answers:
Compressed air supply pressure consistency. It can cause delays on conveying of desired bulks.
~Engineering, Design, Manila, Philippines
I think all my applications would be considered standard.
~Process consultant, Idalou, TX
Furnace charging instead of vibrating feeders.
~DEBI P, Chartered Engineer, BHUBANESWAR, INDIA
Car bodies
~Harry W, Field Service Engeenier, Newport News, VA

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of bulk handling conveyors?
4 answers
Answers:
Sure. The drive components used were too small, belt tensions were too high for the belt specified, thermal expansion of the structure in long run systems, and failure to consider arresting mechanisms in case of catastrophic failure.
~Process consultant, Idalou, TX
No, but can lead to explosion or can lead to failure of storage vessel etc.
~Dhruv S, Manufacturer, Ahmedabad, India.
Chain failure due to fruit acid corrosion.
~Pete, Design Engineer, Victoria, Australia
Spillage and damage to product.
~Bill T, Design Engineer, Sabetha, KS

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
11 answers
Answers:
A spreadsheet to enter the critical numbers (length, speed, product, etc.) and let the spreadsheet calculate the belt tensions, horsepower requirements, etc.
~Process consultant, Idalou, TX
Reliability, reasonable initial cost, low maintenance costs, low operating costs, safety, minimum down time requirements..
~LES A, ENGINEERING CONSULTANT NOW RETIRED DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF THE BRITISH COAL MINES, MANSFIELD, ENGLAND
We would like to design, manufacture an efficient system for our main equipment, HIGH SPEED FLUIDIZING MIXER.
~Dhruv S, Manufacturer, Ahmedabad, India.
Capacity calculation, gear box selection, Motor Horse Power calculation - all to be in one unique software.
~Marketing/Sales, Bangalore, India
Easy belt tracking, effective belt scrapers, easy to remove guarding.
~Larry Kessler, Project Manager, Harrisburg, PA
GPS based AGVs with integrated secure wireless for data transfer.
~Harry W, Field Service Engeenier, Newport News, VA
Minimal pollution and safety along with the reliability issues.
~CHRISTOPHER McLEAN, DIRECTOR COO, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Economical corrosion resistant high strength conveyor chain
~Pete, Design Engineer, Victoria, Australia
Be able to convey without clogging troubles.
~Engineering, Design, Manila, Philippines
Compact and economical
~DEBI P, Chartered Engineer, BHUBANESWAR, INDIA
Confidential
~Bill T, Design Engineer, Sabetha, KS

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using bulk handling conveyors?
6 answers
Answers:
Buying - get multiple quotes, make sure they guarantee performance, design good loading points, use good idlers and bearings. Size motors to start under full load. Using - make sure they have made the unit robust and easy to maintain, keep an eye on the belt tracking and cleanliness.
~Larry Kessler, Project Manager, Harrisburg, PA
This is really an art and experience does count as it is complex method and design, changing with different material with different physical characteristics.
~Dhruv S, Manufacturer, Ahmedabad, India.
Numbers on the paper are invaluable but hands on experience by the designer is equally important.
~Process consultant, Idalou, TX
Be a part of the design process, make sure the supplier knows all the environmental variables.
~Pete, Design Engineer, Victoria, Australia
Integration of machine networks to a single platform.
~Harry W, Field Service Engeenier, Newport News, VA
System understanding
~DEBI P, Chartered Engineer, BHUBANESWAR, INDIA

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of bulk handling conveyors?
6 answers
Answers:
During the design process look at the long term cost of maintaining and operating. Continuity of parts and extensive training and documentation should be a primary focus.
~Harry W, Field Service Engeenier, Newport News, VA
Carefully understand all physical property and system requirements like rate of transfer, layout, no. and type of feed points, No. and type of discharge points etc.
~Dhruv S, Manufacturer, Ahmedabad, India.
Plan for the future, allow for changes in production rates and other produce and don't buy the cheapest quote.
~Pete, Design Engineer, Victoria, Australia
Budget enough money to get better than a basic conveyor.
~Larry Kessler, Project Manager, Harrisburg, PA
Seek experienced guidance.
~Process consultant, Idalou, TX
Process understanding
~DEBI P, Chartered Engineer, BHUBANESWAR, INDIA


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