MATERIALS HANDLING: Bulk Container Dumper For High-Bulk-Density Materials

Unit is made of specially milled 304-2b stainless-steel sheet that is said to have a greatly reduced coefficient of friction compared with typical flat sheet.

A new bulk container dumper has been designed specifically for non-free-flowing, high-bulk density materials. Developed by National Bulk Equipment Inc. (NBE), Holland, Mich., the unit is made of specially milled 304-2b stainless-steel sheet that is said to have a greatly reduced coefficient of friction compared with typical flat sheet. This is said to improve material release during infeed and provide for faster, more thorough cleaning during changeovers.

Additional design features that speed up changeovers and improve product safety include the elimination of internal angles where contaminants could hang up; a rounded-radius framework turned 45° to horizontal to speed moisture runoff; and subassembly designs that enable single-operator access, removal, and replacement. The thick-wall, 8 × 6 in. chassis ensures stable, heavy-lift performance during the raise-and-rotation sequence of 2500-lb loads at a 16-ft dump height.

This fully automated, bulk material handling system is controlled with a single, menu-driven interface to enable standardized and system-wide data reporting.