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March 30, 2019

How to select a Bucket Elevator Design

Adding a bucket elevator to your warehouse is an excellent way to boost productivity and cut down on injury potential with your employees. However, selecting a bucket elevator is not a one-size-fits-all approach. There are a number of options available, so you need to determine which bucket elevator design style is right for your company needs. By going through the following steps you’ll identify crucial variants within your design process. This way, you’ll be able to better select a bucket elevator design perfect for your business.

Tips to Select a Bucket Elevator Design

Design Points To Consider

When you are considering a bucket elevator design you need to look at the different build methods and what you are doing to use the elevator for within your place of business. All of this will play a role in the eventual final design of your elevator.

For starters, you will want to consider the kind of material you’re moving to. Are you going to be loading up pallets, or is it something smaller that can break apart easier, such as a powder.

From here, you’ll need to look at the overall makeup of the material you’re using the elevator for. What is the overall weight of the material? Can you alter the weight or is it one, large object, so the weight will remain constant? Is there any moisture involved with the material, or is there a texture that might need a slick hoisting material on the elevator to make sure it doesn’t slip off? The more you know about the material(s) you’ll be using the elevator for the easier it will be to design an appropriate device.

Next, you’ll want to consider how fast the elevator needs to move or how often you’ll be using it. And beyond the materials being moved, what about the space around the elevator? What kind of warehouse footprint are you looking at remaining in? Does it need to fit inside a small six-foot by six-foot square space? Or is there a bit more wiggle room? You don’t want to order a bucket elevator and then discover it is not going to fit.

Lastly, is the operating going to be continuous, or will it only be used a few times during the day? Will it be used inside of a building with controlled temperatures, or does it need to go outside for exterior work where the weather elements are not as easily controlled?

You need to consider all of these points when coming up with the right bucket elevator design. As long as you do this you’ll have the ability to customize the right elevator for your particular needs.

Elevator Specific

Now that you’ve considered what you’re going to be using the bucket elevator for, what you’ll be putting on the elevator and where you’ll be using the elevator, you need to consider the make of the elevator itself.

First, how tall and wide do you need it to be? Do you need to lift the materials up an additional ten feet? Or maybe you need the elevator to lift higher? Perhaps you have rafters above the regular work floor that is used to house excess gear and it is important to be able to lift the stored items up to these rafters. You’ll need to know these measurements as it will help with the design.

Do you want the elevator to be open, fully sealed (so it feels more like a traditional elevator), or should it be just partially enclosed? Does there need to be some kind of airflow, or will the fully enclosed design be okay? There are some materials you don’t want to fully enclose as it needs air ventilation.

It is okay if you do not know all of these specifics right away. Sometimes you might not fully know what kind of drive system will work best or how fast you need the elevator to rise and decline. The staff at Gough Econ, Inc. can help walk you through the design process. They will know how to best determine the kind of equipment and elevator specifics you need.

Configuration Variations

There are a number of configuration and movement variants you’ll need to consider. Elevators do not simply move directly up and directly down. You may want the elevator to move along an incline and down along a decline. Perhaps it is designed to work along stairs and there is a set incline it needs to follow. You may need the elevator to work along a stair step design. This is a design possibility, or you might need the elevator to travel along a floor and then lower down to the basement or a lower level. With a bucket elevator you are not required to have a simple up and down movement. After all, sometimes you need your bucket elevator to move in more than just a 90-degree angle.

With these configuration variants you can work with Gough Econ, Inc in determining these variations. As long as you do this you’ll be able to properly customize your elevator in order to bet improve productivity and safety within your production facility or warehouse.

Of course, if you’re not fully sure on the configuration or shape of movement you will need don’t worry. The sales engineers will work with you in going over your current facility blueprints and helping you decide where the elevators will work best.

Help Selecting The Right Bucket Elevator Design

By following these steps you’ll have a better understanding of how to find the right bucket elevator design for your business. However, you may still have questions. If you do, or if you are ready to place a bucket elevator order, a sales engineer is on hand at Gough Econ, Inc. to assist. Whatever assistance you might need, you can email or call Gough Econ at your convenience. So, if you’re ready to take the next step in your warehouse or manufacturing plant production, your bucket elevator design is just a single email or phone call away.

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