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March 15, 2019

Bucket Elevator Manufacturers & The Industries They Service

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Something we’re serious about at Gough Econ is avoiding the cookie-cutter approach. Simply put, our clients all have very different bulk material handling needs, depending on their goals, their processes, and the specific materials they are working with. It just wouldn’t make sense to think that any one product could provide an all-encompassing material handling solution. This is why bucket elevator manufacturers need to be flexible to solve the client’s needs.

With that said, we find that bucket elevators are a prudent and effective option for a range of clients in a whole host of industries. A big part of this is because bucket elevators can be made with a modular design, allowing for greater flexibility; in other words, clients can configure their bucket elevator system to match all their specific bulk material handling needs.

We are proud to be the bucket elevator manufacturer of choice for companies in many industries. In this post, we’ll mention just a few of the industries for whom bucket elevators make sense.

Industries That Benefit from Flexible Bucket Elevator Manufacturers

Food

As bucket elevator manufacturers, some of our biggest clients are food manufacturers—and it’s not hard to see why. Food companies need the ability to handle their products in a way that is efficient, but also delicate—ensuring the integrity of the product is never compromised. And that’s a balance where bucket elevators tend to shine.

Some examples of food projects Gough Econ has worked on include:

  • All types of confectionary and chocolate, including both wrapped and unwrapped products
  • Cereal
  • Coffee and tea
  • Salt, sugar, and spices
  • Rice, beans, and grains
  • Potato chips, nuts, and other snacks
  • Pasta of all kinds
  • Pet food
  • Micronutrients for farm animals

Note that for any bucket elevator we’re building for a food application, sanitization and hygiene are always big concerns. That’s another reason why bucket elevators make sense for food processing: They can be manufactured to meet the stringent sanitary standards that food manufacturers require. Specifically, all the product contact surfaces have to be FDA-approved, so there is a limit to the types of materials food can come into contact with. This is especially true with unwrapped food materials. Some of the acceptable materials here include stainless steel contact surfaces and FDA-approved plastic surfaces.

Bucket Elevator Manufacturers: elecon conveying systems partsAlso, in the food industry, we generally recommend the use of plastic chain and plastic sprockets. These materials can help food manufacturers avert the need for lubrication. For other material types, lubrication is required, and sometimes it can attract dust and debris and fall into the product stream. Our bucket elevators allow manufacturers to sidestep this issue completely.

As bucket elevator manufacturers serving the food processing industry, we also know the importance of the wash-down process. Equipment has to be cleaned regularly to ensure ongoing hygiene compliance, but that cleaning can result in inefficiency and production downtime. We design our bucket elevators to make wash-down easy and brief. A sanitary machine frame, usually something like tubular steel, is used instead of folded sheet metal. Therefore, the system drains water very quickly, and leaves very few surfaces for dirt and debris to build up.

These are just a few of the reasons why customizable bucket elevators from Gough Econ can provide ideal solutions for food processing companies.

 Industrial

 We’re proud to be bucket elevator manufacturers for a large number of industrial clients as well. This is a wide-ranging category, but some of the specific projects we’ve worked on include:

  • Plastic pieces and parts
  • Plastic pellets
  • Metal pieces and parts
  • Adhesive pellets
  • Carbon black
  • Sawdust
  • Cement
  • Wax pieces
  • Soap granules
  • Glass cullet

Many of the things that make bucket elevators work for food companies also make them ideal in industrial settings—for example, bucket elevators can provide processing speed and efficiency, and they perform equally well whether handling rugged and durable materials or materials that require gentle handling.

Gough Econ is proud to offer custom solutions for our industrial clients.

Chemical

Finally, our engineers have provided material conveyance solutions for a wide range of companies that work in chemical processing.

Indeed, as bucket elevator manufacturers, Gough Econ has had the privilege of working on a number of exciting chemical applications. Just a few examples of these include:

  • All types of dry fertilizer
  • Catalyst
  • Any chemicals with a pellet or powder characteristic

In chemical applications, as in food applications, contamination can be a concern. For the bucket elevators we make to handle powders, our engineers will typically provide a complete enclosure—meaning that as the product is fed into the bucket elevator, any dust that comes up is contained rather than traveling throughout the plant. This is a huge advantage when using a bulk powder handling system.

We also offer dust collection ports on the bucket elevator, usually one at the infeed and one at the discharge. These are the areas where the dust is kicked up, and these ports allow the client to collect and control stray dust while keeping their plant safe from contamination.

Systems that blow dust off the elevator chain are also available, specifically air nozzles directly over the chain. These nozzles continually blow dust off the chains, and in turn prevent premature wear and tear. We also offer easy slide-out debris trays, where the operator can easily remove any dust or debris that accumulates at the bottom of the machine.

In short, bucket elevators from Gough Econ can provide chemical manufacturers with the efficiency they seek, but also smart ways to avoid any kind of cross-contamination or material loss within their facilities.

Learn More About Bucket Elevator Solutions from Gough Econ

Bucket elevators can offer strategic solutions for a host of applications—and as such, we invite you to learn more about the benefits of the Elecon™, Econ-O-Lift™, and Swinglink®, our flagship bucket elevator products.

Not only can we fill you in on the value they provide, we can also help you with a custom material handling system to meet all your manufacturing needs. Contact Gough Econ today for a consultation.

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