Bulk Material Handling Systems
STT will help you select the right bulk material handling equipment to suit the specifics of the material you are handling and the unique challenges to your facility.
Bulk Material Handling Equipment & Systems
Any process requiring a dry bulk material needs a material handling system designed to get it from the point of receipt to the point of use. This will include various combinations of conveyors, silos, bins, chutes and flow promotion devices. STT will help you select the right bulk material handling equipment to suit the specifics of the material you are handling, and the unique challenges to your facility.
Benefits of a Well-Designed Bulk Material Handling System
When STT designs bulk material handling equipment our goal is to make sure the material arrives reliably and safely at the destination to ensure uninterrupted operation at your facility. With many bulk materials we must also ensure that the solution provided focuses on maintaining product integrity, so the material is delivered to process in the same condition as it arrived on site.
Our Bulk Handling Equipment Solutions Include:
STT works with you to design the optimal combination of bulk material handling equipment based on your specific needs. Solutions can include pneumatic convey systems, mechanical systems, or some combination thereof. Our goal is to select the right combination of the following equipment for you to receive material from either truck, rail or bulk bag and transfer the material to process it:
- Screw conveyors
- Belt or chain conveyors
- Bucket elevators
- Air slides
And the necessary storage solutions:
Industries We Serve
Bulk material handling is an essential part of any industry that is handling dry bulk material. We have experience designing bulk material handling systems used throughout a variety of industrial, agricultural, and specialty industries including, but not limited to:
- Water Treatment
- Chemical Processing
- Grain Handling
- General Industrial
- Oil and Gas
- Glass and Ceramics
- Pulp and Paper
Whether it is a powder, granule, prill, flake, pellet, lump, stone, or crystal, we have the experience needed to design and supply the right bulk handling solution to meet your needs.
Critical Aspects of Designing Bulk Material Handling Equipment
Two important factors when designing a bulk material handling system is to understand the material or types of materials that the system will be handling and the site/design specifications. It is critical to understand the process the bulk material goes through once it arrives at your site.
Material Characteristics That Influence Design:
Understanding the characteristics of the material that you are handling and processing is essential when selecting your bulk material handling equipment. Several key considerations need to be considered when designing your handling systems:
- What is the bulk density?
- Compressibility - does the bulk density change?
- What is the particle size distribution?
- What is the material shape (powder, grain, crystal, prill, flake, granule, lump)?
- Is the material friable? Does the size matter to process?
- What is the angle of repose?
- What is the flowability? Will it bridge, rat hole?
- Will it compact with vibration or on its own over time?
- Will the material flood?
- Hygroscopic - will it absorb moisture?
- Is the material perishable?
- Is the material compatible for corrosion?
- Is it an agglomerated material?
- Is it sensitive to contamination, water?
- Is it explosive? Toxic? Abrasive? Heat sensitive?
Knowing these material characteristics influences how we design a system using the right bulk material handling equipment to successfully convey and process your bulk materials.
Site/Design Specifications That Influence Design:
Understanding the process by which the bulk material goes through once it arrives at your site is critical when designing and selecting your bulk material handling equipment. Several key considerations need to be considered:
- How is the product delivered (truck, rail, container, bulk bag)?
- How is the product unloaded (pneumatic, dump truck)?
- Where will it be stored (silo, day bin, warehouse)?
- How long will the product be kept in storage (days, weeks, months)?
- What will the material consumption rate be?
- Will it be fed to process dry, or will it need to be wet or slaked?
- Are there any site-specific challenges, climate, terrain obstacles that need to be avoided?
When all of these points are considered, our team at Storage & Transfer Technologies can help guide you in selecting and designing the right bulk material handling system that will work best for your specific application.
Benefits of Bulk Material Handling Equipment & Systems from STT
STT has been designing bulk material handling systems to handle bulk material products both mechanically and pneumatically for over 50 years. This experience provides us with the engineering expertise to design the best process and supply the appropriate equipment to ensure your operations run safely and efficiently. We consider all the site-specific factors and variables to provide you with the best solution to address your plant’s specific needs. What makes STT different is our diverse experience in many applications, industries, and chemicals, along with the ability to support your system from concept through to decommissioning, and everything in between.
What is bulk material handling equipment?
Bulk material handling equipment is the collective term for the machinery used to move dry products from one place to another. This can be done either mechanically using conveyors (screws, belts, buckets etc.) or pneumatically using convey air (pressure or vacuum).
Which conveyor is used for handling the bulk material?
Mechanical convey tools consist principally of screw conveyors, belt conveyors, chain conveyors, and bucket elevators. Pneumatic conveyors use blowers to suspend product in air and move material through pipe.
What are the three principle requirements of material handling?
The three principle requirements for material handling are (1) ensuring material is moved from origin to destination at the rate necessary, (2) without losing product and (3) minimizing degradation.
What are the different types of material handling equipment?
In broad terms there are two main techniques for material handling: mechanical conveying where material is physically pushed or pulled using a conveyor such as a screw or bucket and pneumatic conveying where material is conveyed using air in pressure or vacuum to suspend the product.