What is Bulk Material?
Bulk material is an umbrella term covering dry and wet materials such as ores, cereals, wood chips, sand, gravel and stone in loose bulk form. Design of all equipments used for handling of bulk materials requires a meticulous engineering work.
Bulk material handling systems are typically composed of conveyor belts, screw conveyors, stackers, reclaimers, bucket elevators, truck dumpers and wagon tipplers. Advanced bulk material handling systems feature integrated bulk storage, conveying, and discharge.
Importance of Bulk Material Management
Many bulk material facilities operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Therefore, bulk handling machinery must be heavy-duty, safe and maintenance friendly. Stacking/batching equipment, discharge transporters, ship loading and unloading systems, radial stackers, pilers, silos and cranes all require durable and safe power and data transmission systems, just like the other processing equipment such as crushers and size reduction devices. Electrification must be done depending on the type of machinery, process and the load to be carried. Besides, many electrification systems must be designed to be dust-proof and resistant to corrosive materials and hazardous conditions.