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April 8, 2019

Choosing the right bulk material handling plant for your company

The right bulk material handling system has the potential to improve productivity, streamline production, and cut wasteful spending, all at the same time. Whether your current configuration is painfully outdated or you want to begin upgrading, but you’re unsure where to begin, the staff here at Gough Econ, Inc. will help you perform a complete system audit to identify the areas with the greatest need of an upgrade. So, whether you’re interested in a partial update or you want a complete overhaul of your bulk material handling system, there’s an option for you. If you have questions regarding choosing the right bulk material handling plant for your company, here are some basics to help with the decision-making process.

The Process Of Selecting The Right Bulk Material Handling System

Selecting the right equipment for your bulk handling system isn’t as simple as going over a shopping list and checking off what looks good. There’s an entire process of determining what will work specifically for you and your company’s needs.

All of this begins by analyzing your current system. Unless you’re looking for an entire overhaul or starting from scratch, whatever upgrades you make will need to work with the current setup. From there, it is necessary to evaluate your company goals and what you wish to accomplish with the upgrades and the bulk material handling system in genera. Then, standardized automation will be performed, followed by a design to best efficiently use your workspace while also predicting the lifecycle of the setup.

Bulk Material Handling Options

There are several equipment options available when it comes to the entire bulk material handling system. It often begins with a bulk unloader. This will deposit materials onto a conveyor belt system, which then moves the unloaded product to the next manufacturing stage. The bulk unloader can assist in the unloading of bags, bins, and other containers.

You may need to select varying conveyor systems. Whether the conveyer remains flat and pushes objects from one direction to the next on the floor or you use an elevated conveyor to lift objects to a secondary level, there is no shortage of conveyor options available. Whatever the size, shape, or however you need materials moved on the conveyor system, this is all part of the bulk material handling system and needs to be selected according to what products you are moving and how you need to interact with these materials.

A storage conveyor might be part of your bulk material handling system. If you are depositing goods into smaller containers for shipment (or simply for packaging), the storage conveyor is necessary to your handling system. If, however, you produce large quantities of goods that are to be used by other manufacturers within their own operations, it may be better to invest in a bulk bag system, which will then deposit the goods into large, durable bags. If you’re not sure which would work for your operation (both currently and in the future), the Gough Econ, Inc. staff will help you through the selection process.

If you work with smaller pieces that tend to stick together (such as with candy or pharmaceuticals), you may want to include a vibratory feeder onto your conveyor and bulk handling system. The vibrator feature of the feeder will gently bounce the goods, which helps keep the items separate from one another. Vibratory screeners and conveyor systems are also available to better meet your production and bulk material handling needs.

Finishing Options

The collection and storage of your bulk material is an important final step in your handling system. While the storage conveyor is one part of this bulk material handling system, there are other options at your disposal. Hoppers, bins, and spiral chutes are available and will make it possible for you to adequately fill containers and separate materials into individual packages in preparation for shipment. The bulk baggers are another option desirable for large quantities of shipments. You may also want to consider a bagger and scale. Sometimes the best way to separate the material you are shipping out isn’t by counting the goods, and it is by weight. Weight is often a better means of determining how much of one product you have. It will also help with shipments when you’re paying for a specific weight.

Whatever your operation is, when it comes to identifying the right bulk material handling plant for your company, the customer service staff at Gough Econ, Inc. will go through your entire handling process and help pinpoint the best ways to upgrade the system to ensure a boost in productivity while reducing operating costs.

Taking Advantage Of Professional Design

Maybe you already know what kinds of handling equipment you need to best improve productivity. In that case, it is still worth taking advantage of the design team at Gough Econ, Inc., as the staff will help you maximize your overall floor space. The integrated system can be customized to best utilize the floor space and the height of your production facility. This way, you can get more done with less space. If your operation is growing, you may be able to avoid moving out of your current facility for a larger, more expensive building and simply upgrade how your bulk material handling system is designed.

Begin The Upgrade Process Today

When your company relies on your bulk material handling plant, you understand how even a minor improvement in the process can end up saving you time and money while boosting productivity. To help aid in this process, Gough Econ, Inc. is here to assist. From auditing your current setup and evaluating your company goals to assisting you in designing and customizing a bulk material handling plant that fits both your budget and the confinements of your workspace, Gough Econ will help you revolutionize your business. All you need to do is reach out and contact the staff today.

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