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Material Handling

Cyclones / Dust Collectors

Cyclones/Dust Collectors: A dust collector consists of a blower, dust filter, filter-cleaning system, and a dust receptacle, or dust removal system. The most commonly used type is the inertial separator, which separates dust from gas streams using a combination of forces, such as centrifugal, gravitational, and inertial. The separated dust is moved by gravity into a hopper, where it is temporarily stored. Centrifugal collectors use cyclonic action to separate dust particles from the gas stream. Centrifugal force created by circular air flow throws the dust particles toward the wall of the cyclone. After striking the wall, these particles fall into a hopper located underneath.

  • SPEC #: 18259
  • Code: 18-15-10


Material Handling, Feeders/Crushers/Grinders. Feeders convey product by using vibration to create linear straight line motion without the use of conveyor belts. Two popular systems are defined by their motive power: twin motor vibrating feeders, and electromagnetic vibrating feeders. Crushers use impact, shear, compression, or abrasion to reduce a variety of solid products to a desired particle size range. Grinders use shear and abrasion to reduce the particle size of bulk materials to powder.

  • SPEC #: 18255
  • Code: 18-15-05


Material Handling, Fillers. Fillers load dry bulk products into bags, boxes, or drums. Some systems load product by weight, others by volume. Various designs use gravity, pneumatic, auger, impeller, vibratory, or belt feeds, balance scale beam and/or electronic load-cell technology to meter dry products such as fine powders, granular materials, chunks, and pieces.

  • SPEC #: 18252
  • Code: 18-15-02

Fork Lift Trucks

Fork Lift Trucks. These trucks are powered industrial trucks used to lift, transport, and stack materials. The modern fork lift truck is an indispensable piece of equipment in manufacturing and warehousing operations.

  • SPEC #: 18256
  • Code: 18-15-06


General Material Handling. Material handling involves receiving, inspecting, transporting, weighing, storing, and shipping bulk goods and packaged products. A partial list of equipment used includes, depalletizers, palletizers, forklift trucks, platform trucks, hand carts, pallets, conveyors, stackers, bucket elevators, scales, barcode readers, drums, pails, bins, organizers, shelving, racks, boxes, crates, hoppers, storage cabinets, etc.

  • SPEC #: 18250
  • Code: 18-15-00


Hoists. An apparatus for lifting heavy or cumbersome objects. Industrial hoists are usually comprised of a hook, a motor, a set of hand controls, and a series of gears or pulleys to provide significant mechanical advantage for lifting extremely heavy loads with minimum power input. Hand operated types are available.

  • SPEC #: 18257
  • Code: 18-15-07


General Material Handling: Hoppers/ Bins/ Totes/ Bags. These equipment are generally used to handle bulk materials, such as grains, ores, or parts. Hoppers are used for in-process storage where material is loaded into the top and removed from the bottom for processing. Bins are used for temporary storage or transport. They fill from the top and are emptied by tipping or inverting. Totes are flexible bag-like equipment that load and empty in a manner similar to bins. Bags, or sacks, are flexible containers that are usually closed after filling.

  • SPEC #: 18251
  • Code: 18-15-01

Mechanical Conveying

Mechanical Conveying Systems: The are several types of mechanical conveying systems. Belt Conveyors, consisting of two or more pulleys with a continuous belt that rotates about them, are used for general material handling such as moving boxes or transporting bulk materials. Elevator belts, having regularly spaced partitions, are used for transporting loose materials up steep inclines. Snake Sandwich Belt Conveyors use two face-to-face belts to gently but firmly contain the product being transported. Vibrating Conveyors, with trough shaped solid conveying surfaces, move product by vibration and slope. Roller Conveyors move product along a bed of small wheels that are either motor or gravity driven.

  • SPEC #: 18253
  • Code: 18-15-04


Material Handling, Ovens: These ovens, used in industrial applications requiring less heat than kilns, are usually located astride or adjacent to material handling conveyors, and are use in applications such as warming refrigerated or thawing frozen materials for subsequent processing.They may employ either conventional or microwave heat sources.

  • SPEC #: 18254
  • Code: 18-15-11

Pneumatic Conveying

Material Handling, Pneumatic Conveying: These conveyors move products through various tubes via air pressure, allowing for extra vertical versatility. They are either carrier systems or dillute-phase systems; carrier systems push items from one entry point to one exit point, such as the money exchanging tubes used at a bank drive-thru window. Dillute-phase systems use push/pull pressure to guide materials through various entry and exit points.

  • SPEC #: 18253
  • Code: 18-15-03


Racks. A framework or stand in or on which to hold, hang, or store parts, equipment, and supplies.

  • SPEC #: 18258
  • Code: 18-15-09