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What Are the Different Types of Aggregate Conveyors?

Jean Marie Asta
Jean Marie Asta

There are many different types of aggregate conveyors available for industrial use. Aggregate conveyors are machines that move stone, cement, and similar materials through a factory or work site to their intended destination for refinement or transport. They are commonly used in quarries and factories that deal with the processing and creation of stone and cement products.

The type of aggregate conveyors used in these scenarios varies with the needs of the manufacturer. To choose the right one for the task, a major consideration is how much material needs to be moved. Dimensions within the factory need to be considered as well. Many aggregate conveyors are very large and will not fit in some factories. There are kinds of aggregate conveyors that are designed to accommodate confined spaces.

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When a manufacturer needs to move material into a temporary storage bin or into mixing container, a flex pocket belt conveyor is commonly used. This kind of aggregate conveyor is able to be installed in tight spaces and can deliver loads based on the needs of the manufacturer. They are able to do this because there is no standard model for flex pocket belt conveyors; each one is custom designed and installed.

Another space conserving form of aggregate conveyor is the belted conveyor. These are commonly used to move materials across the floor of a work space parallel to the ground or at a slight incline or decline. Belted conveyors can move materials at most volumes, but are best suited for smaller workloads. The fact that the material on the belted conveyor is moved along on a flat surface means that it is not suited to raise or lower its workload at too steep of an angle as this may cause the material to spill, or stall around a steeper incline.

Radial stacker conveyors are a form of aggregate conveyor best suited for outdoor use. They come in a variety of sizes and workload capacities but are typically larger than a standard conveyor system. Despite their large size they are usually portable and capable of making piles of the desired material around a construction yard or quarry for future transport and usage. Since radial stacker conveyors are used in outdoor settings and are subject to greater wear and tear, they are more ruggedly built than standard conveyor systems.

Screw or auger conveyors are a kind of conveyor system that uses the threads of a revolving screw to transport material up steep inclines. They are also useful in moving material that is in a liquid form or that may have difficulty staying in the pockets of a flex pocket conveyor. Although this type of conveyor is usually smaller than most others, it can be made in custom larger sizes as needed by the manufacturer.

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