SCP bucket elevators are the most efficient means of elevating free flowing material such as grain, pelleted and soft ingredients, finished feeds, coal, and aggregate. Sticky materials and not recommended for bucket elevators because of difficulty discharging material from the buckets.
The two major types of bucket elevators are centrifugal discharge and continuous elevators (gravity discharge), with about 15 sub-types and numerous variations of each subtype. Both types of bucket elevators use buckets mounted on a belt or chain.
Centrifugal & Continuous Discharge Bucket Elevators
Bucket elevators of the centrifugal discharge type are the most common and typically utilize a belt. In centrifugal-discharge bucket elevators, the material to be elevated is dug out of the boot and discharged by centrifugal force. They are comparatively high-speed elevators, used where the percentage and size of lumps are at a minimum. They are used across a wide variety of industries including grain, chemicals, and aggregate.
Continuous discharge bucket elevators are more common for conveying pellets, friable material and large diameter aggregate. In continuous bucket elevators, buckets closely spaced on chain or belts are designed so that material is loaded directly into the buckets, usually through a loading leg, instead of being scooped up in the boot. Discharge over the head wheel is accomplished by transfer of material from the discharging bucket to the front of the preceding one, which acts as a moving chute to the fixed discharge chute. Sometimes called Super Capacity, large-capacity continuous-bucket elevators are made with specially designed steel buckets attached at their sides to double- strand long-pitch steel chain.
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