Getting the right bucket elevator that can handle the lifting requirements with reliable operation well into the future is one of the first and most important decisions of the plant operations design. Bucket elevators play the critical role of lifting dry material to the top of a gravity fed process line. Because you can only process what has been lifted, the lift capacity of the elevator is the key to the operating capacity of the plant. Capacity is not just a function of size for a bucket elevator, but also a function of its efficiency. Understanding critical speed so that the elevator is operating at the proper maximum speed, and having a drive system that supplies the power required. Configuring the boot so that the material is directed into the buckets with minimal bypass. Designing the head section for efficiently discharging the material out the chute, whether the elevator is operating at centrifugal discharge or continuous discharge speeds, eliminating down-legging. Attention to these details significantly reduces material build up in the boot, which forces the buckets to dig. Digging slows down the elevator and reduces lifting capacity and significantly increases wear on the buckets and the chain or belt. Full width access doors allow material to be removed quickly to reduce maintenance down time. All for maximizing the overall efficiency, safety, and capacity of the J&H Bucket Elevator.
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