FEECO Offers Bulk Material Handling Engineering and Equipment Manufacturing

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Dan Baxter
Material Handling Sales Engineer

Engineering a process design can get complicated when working with several different companies to create one streamlined system. And while FEECO has made a name for itself in the thermal processing, fertilizer granulation, and agglomeration industries, a little-known added benefit to customers is that we also manufacture bulk material handling equipment. This means we can provide our customers with the process design, as well as the engineering and equipment behind moving material through the process. We not only offer bulk material handling equipment as part of a complete processing system, but single pieces of equipment are available as well.

Our complete line of bulk material handling equipment is outlined below.

Bucket Elevators

FEECO’s bucket elevators are designed around the unique characteristics of the material to be transported. From dry, dusty powders, to abrasive materials, we can accommodate nearly any handling job. Our buckets are available in centrifugal and continuous styles.

Centrifugal bucket styles operate at high speeds to throw material by centrifugal action out and into the discharge spout. The buckets are spaced in wider intervals to prevent discharge interference, and they can be configured side-by-side or staggered.

Continuous buckets are designed to reduce material degradation during the transportation process, providing a more smooth and continuous discharge for fragile materials. They are available in medium-front, high-front, and super capacity styles for both belt and chain type elevators.

For more details, download our newly updated bucket elevator handout.

Troughed Belt Conveyors

FEECO’s troughed belt conveyors are available in configurations from 18” to 72” wide, and work with capacities of up to 8,000 TPH. They can also run at inclined angles between 0 and 20 degrees, most typically, and 30 degrees with cleated/chevron belting. Special features include troughed side walls, dust control at load points, truss frames and channel frames.

Our belt conveyors are also available with additional components, with some of the most common options including covers, transfer chutes, walkways and service platforms, and loading skirtboards.

Belt Trippers

Belt trippers, or traveling trippers, ‘trip’ material off of the conveyor at designated locations. They provide additional functionality to the troughed belt conveyor, such as enhanced storage, an engineered pulley loop to limit the belt’s stress, and a direct mounted motor and gear reducers to allow for remote controlling.

Belt Feeders

FEECO’s belt feeders are used when a material that is either stockpiled or loaded at an uninhibited rate in a bin or hopper needs to be introduced into the system at a more controlled rate. They are available in a variety of sizes and capacities.

Belt Plows

Belt plows are designed to increase a belt conveyor’s material discharge control capabilities, and are used when only one or a few discharge locations are needed. We have designs for both one and two side discharge. Each of which have several features to increase their versatility, including UHMW plow blades, manual lever action, and an integrated belt flattening system.

Reversing Shuttle Conveyors

A reversing shuttle conveyor is essentially a belt conveyor mounted on to a rail system. The shuttle function allows the conveyor to be moved along a track, to convey material in both directions. They are often used for building an in-line, continuous pile, or for feeding numerous, fixed discharge points.

Our reversing shuttle conveyors are also designed with two important features: a stationary inlet and automation control.  The stationary material feed chute allows processed material to be directed to one central location. The automation feature allows the shuttle conveyor to be controlled from a remote location or an automated program.

Steep Incline Conveyors

Our steep incline conveyors are designed for inclines ranging from 18 degrees to 90 degrees, while still maintaining the feed and discharge properties of a standard belt conveyor. They are an ideal substitute for drag chain or bucket elevator configurations because they are less noisy and eliminate transfer points.

Special features of the steep incline conveyor include reduced material spillage through corrugated sidewalls, “L” and “S” shaped designs to eliminate transfer points, flexible belt design, and more.

For a comprehensive look at all of the conveyors mentioned above, download our conveyor brochure here.

Parts & Service

In addition to the design and manufacturing of custom bulk material handling equipment, FEECO also provides a range of parts and service support. Whether you need assistance installing the equipment, inspecting it after installation, or spare parts, FEECO’s Customer Service Engineers are here to help with your material handling needs.

FEECO has been moving material for over 70 years. Our custom designs and variety of optional / additional add-ons to our base line create versatile, single pieces of bulk material handling equipment or complete transportation systems to meet our customer’s unique needs. For additional information, or a quote, contact us today!

About the Authors . . .

Carrie Carlson is a technical writer and visual designer.

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Dan Baxter is a Material Handling Sales Engineer.

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