In many facilities, continuous bucket elevators are used for vertically conveying hazardous materials. Minimizing risk and ensuring health and safety while achieving compliance with applicable regulations are key objectives that must be met when moving any type of hazardous material. Fulfilling these objectives safely requires using conveying equipment that is purpose-built for the job.
Unless they are customized and tailored for the job, standard continuous bucket elevators do not have the necessary features and protections that are require to move hazardous materials safely and with minimal risk. This blog examines the critical factors that users should be aware of when considering continuous bucket elevators for safely conveying hazardous materials.
Hazardous materials include those which are extremely dusty, unstable, explosive or toxic. This material category also includes applications where a safe material may be transformed into an unsafe one should it come into contact with another material or environmental factor.
A key concern when moving hazardous materials is explosion prevention. There are multiple possible sources of ignition for an explosion to occur within a continuous bucket conveyor. These sources are outlined in a guidance document for EU ATEX Directives that cover equipment used in potentially explosive atmospheres, published by the UK Solids Handling and Processing Association(SHAPA). Some of the ignition sources identified by SHAPA can be present in continuous bucket elevators; therefore, elevators used for moving materials which are explosive should be capable of the suppressing these ignition sources.
Intelligent design and construction of a continuous bucket conveyor can address many of the concerns associated with safely conveying hazardous materials. TipTrak™ Monocoque and PEC bucket conveyors from UniTrak have the following features which help users to move hazardous materials safely and efficiently:
TipTrak PEC and Monocoque bucket elevators are used in many facilities worldwide to safely convey handle materials. To learn more about the advantages of TipTrak™ bucket elevators for safely conveying hazardous materials in your facility, please contact the UniTrak sales team.
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