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September 2, 2020

Bulk material handling products: Is it best for wet or dry products?

When working in bulk, you need a manufacturing system designed specifically for your company’s production needs. Different businesses have different requirements, and when working with a large amount of material, you need a system that not only can handle a large amount of raw product in use, but you need a system that won’t deteriorate over time through extensive use. There are differences when working with either wet or dry products, yet the manufacturing process is relatively similar. You just need to have the right setup installed that can handle wet or dry. Here at Gough Econ, we will help customize the right bulk material handling products, which can be used for either wet or dry.

Handling Wet vs. Dry Products

When working in bulk raw material, does it matter whether it is wet or dry? Realistically, no, it doesn’t. Many food manufacturers will work with some kind of wet product somewhere within the production process. Wet material might be used at every step during the manufacturing, or it might be a stage at some point in time during production. Still, whether all products are wet or wet material is used at specific stages, wet, dry, or both can be used with bulk handling equipment.

Is There a Difference In Equipment Needed?

This is where the differences are often found in the production of goods using either wet or dry material. You need bulk material handling products capable of handling the content. This means it will not degrade while remaining in contact with the wet material. If you’re working with food, you will need food-grade safe plastics or stainless steel. Dry materials will have more flexibility, especially if not working in the food or drug industries.

There are various regulations for all industries (especially food and drug), and staying on top of the exact requirements of your manufacturing process can be a challenge, especially as there are small tweaks made by the federal government overseeing these industries. While we always recommend businesses to educate themselves and do what they can to understand these changes and what is required of them, our staff here at Gough Econ, Inc. will help ensure every product you purchase from us is safe and approved for handling the materials you are working with. We can also perform an audit of the equipment you’re currently using to determine whether you need to make any updates to the system (either now or in the future, as the government typically does provide a sizable window for making necessary improvements once new guidelines are passed).

Cleaning Your Bulk Material Handling Products

Beyond the material in use in your facility, one of the biggest differences between working with wet or dry products is the cleaning process. With dry products, you do need to stay on top of cleaning your facility and the handling material, but unless you work with dry goods that can break down and leave residue, your top concern is some of the material bouncing loose and becoming lodged inside the handling equipment, as well as general upkeep and maintenance for the handling equipment (i.e., inspecting rollers, checking screws to make sure nothing is threatening to come loose and to clean away dust).

With wet products, the cleaning process may be different. Some wet goods may stick to surfaces, which can lead to, over time, a build-up of leftover residue on your equipment. If not readily cleaned, either this can contaminate future products or simply corrode and block up, creating a bottleneck somewhere in the production line, which will lead to all kinds of problems. So maintenance and cleaning bulk material equipment designed to handle wet products will be different (and likely more frequent), but outside of this, both will require the necessary attention to ensure equipment upkeep.

Bulk Material Handling Is Best For Both

If you work with dry products, you do have access to more equipment. From specific kinds of bulk bag loaders and unloaders to several materials, your options are greater. However, whether wet or dry or parts of both, bulk material handling products will allow your production facility to thrive. And we can work with you in designing the right production line for your products. 

Whenever working with wet products, there likely needs to be a drainage system installed capable of handling runoff during production and the water left behind during cleaning. We will help design a setup that will take advantage of your facility’s current drainage system, or we can offer recommendations for drainage placement options if this is something you need to add.

Whatever you’re working with, whether it is dry, non-perishable goods or you work with wet food and dry materials, our bulk material handling equipment is designed for you. So give us a call and let us work with you, either from the ground up in designing your production line or let us audit and update your current setup.

Configure Bulk Material Handling Equipment Specific For Your Business

Every production floor is different. It doesn’t matter the kind of material you use or the setup of your facility. You need bulk material handling products designed to not only handle your material but fit in the available space. Whether this means you need a multi-level setup or you need to work with specific hardware designed to handle either wet or dry goods, our team here at Gough Econ, Inc. will help you configure an entire setup designed specifically for your business. So, whatever your company specializes in, whatever the size, and however long you’ve been in business, we are here to help. 

Give us a call with all your bulk material handling product questions or, if you’re ready to begin designing the ultimate setup for your company, let us get to work for you right away. All that’s needed is you giving us a single phone call. We’ll take care of the rest.

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