FEECO Bucket Elevators
FEECO has been building custom bucket elevators for over 65 years. We offer a variety of bucket elevator designs and sizes to handle materials ranging from dry dusty powders such as fly ash, to heavy materials such as iron ore pellets. Bucket elevators can be ordered in a number of configurations, including centrifugal belt, centrifugal chain, continuous belt, continuous single chain and continuous double chain.
Bucket Elevator Features
- Removable top covers
- Access doors for easy maintenance
- Horizontally and vertically heavy-reinforced, jig welded head, boot, and intermediate sections
- Adjustable throat plate at discharge
- Inspection doors on both sides of discharge
- Service platforms and access ladders available
- Heavy-duty construction
- Custom design
- Various bucket designs available
Centrifugal Bucket Elevators
Centrifugal bucket elevators are chosen when there is a need to move large amounts of material quickly. Instead of direct loading, buckets serve as the loading apparatus, scooping material up from the boot or inlet section. For this reason, durable buckets should be selected with this design. Centrifugal force at the head pulley “throws” material from the buckets into the discharge chute. The buckets are spaced in wider intervals to prevent discharge interference from the preceding bucket and to assure maximum fill of the buckets at the boot end while moving at a higher speed. The design of this style yields optimized material fill and reduced interference between buckets.
Centrifugal style elevators are ideal for materials like sand, gravel, woodchips, and other free flowing bulk materials where fragility is not a concern.
Continuous Bucket Elevators
Continuous bucket elevators are designed to handle friable, fragile materials to minimize product degradation or damage. They are also ideal for handling sluggish or abrasive materials. Continuous bucket elevators are also used to convey light, free-flowing matter where aeration of the material must be avoided.
Material is fed into the buckets from an inlet chute. Buckets are designed for gentle discharge; the buckets are closely spaced on the belt or chain to allow the material to flow over the backside of the preceding bucket, whose extended sides form a chute to guide the material into the discharge spout. Direct loading of the material, combined with the slow speed of this elevator type, avoids the “throwing” action associated with centrifugal style elevators, making it ideal for use with fragile materials.
All FEECO equipment and process systems can be outfitted with the latest in automation controls from Rockwell Automation. The unique combination of proprietary Rockwell Automation controls and software, combined with our extensive experience in process design and enhancements with hundreds of materials provides an unparalleled experience for customers seeking innovative process solutions and equipment.
Bucket Elevator Construction
The image below shows the standard components of a bucket elevator. Click image to view larger.
A – Head Pulley Assembly
B – Head Pulley
C – Drive Motor
D – V-Belt Drive
E – Gear Reducer
F – Heavy-Duty Roller Bearings
G – Maintenance Platform
H – Ladder with Safety Cage
I – Inlet/Feed Chute
J – Boot Pulley Assembly
K – Screw Take-up Assembly
L – Slide Mount Roller Bearing
M – Elevator Casing
N – Belt & Bucket Assembly
O – Discharge Chute
Bucket Elevator Applications
Bucket elevators can handle a variety of materials, and therefore are used in many different industries and applications, though generally, they are not suited for wet, sticky materials, or materials that are stringy or tend to mat or agglomerate. They are frequently found in power plants, fertilizer plants, pulp & paper mills, and steel production facilities. Some of the most common materials for which bucket elevators are employed include:
- Animal Feeds
- Calcined Coke
- Frac Sand
Not sure if your material can be handled in a bucket elevator? Contact us and we will be more than happy to help!
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Why Choose FEECO?
FEECO’s bucket elevators are designed and fabricated to the highest quality standards. With over 60 years of experience, our equipment is especially valued in tough applications that require a high amount of ingenuity to achieve success.
Our Commitment to Quality
Our company was founded on the idea that we could do things better; that if we put our minds to it, we could produce the best in industrial processing equipment.