Monday, January 5, 2015

The Many Uses of Dump Hoppers and Material Handling Equipment

Self dumping hoppers are designed and made for use in different home and industrial applications. They come in a wide variety of configurations to accommodate different materials. Hoppers feature structural bases and lip top edges for easy handling and processing of different loads. Self-dumping mechanisms are also used for convenient unloading and dumping of materials. They also come in light and heavy duty capacities for various applications.

Light duty hoppers are used for lightweight materials, particularly, bulky items or items that take up more space than weight. They are perfect for lightweight recycling, plant maintenance and for collecting all wood scrap, like pallets, saw dust, mills, and cabinets. Light duty hoppers are also ideal for collecting paper and cardboard and metal shavings.

Medium duty self dump hoppers, are practical alternatives to heavy-duty types for medium-weight materials. They offer the same strength and durability without the bulk of larger, heavy duty units. They are excellent for collecting and containing light metal scrap and all other material that lightweight dumping hoppers can handle, but in larger quantities and volumes. They are also ideal for debris, dense trash, and refuse clean-up.

Heavy duty hoppers are more suitable for industrial applications. They often feature more sophisticated designs and components for additional safety, given the volume of material they are built to handle. Heavy duty dumping hoppers are designed for safe handling of heavy scrap like metal, glass, and stone and they are more commonly seen in machine shops, commercial construction and in fabrication and glass industries.

For extra heavy jobs, there are also super-duty dumping hoppers that are built for extreme use and abuse. They are used for applications such as packed glass, stone, metal, and concrete handling and production, and require heavy duty machinery such as heavy duty forklifts to operate.

How Do Metal Hoppers Work?

Metal hoppers are used to handle various types of materials for different industrial applications. They come in varying configurations and capacities to accommodate various types of products. Standard metal hoppers or dumpers are commonly used to handle different types of dry materials, ranging from wood scrap, paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, stone, and debris and refuse. Typical self dumping hoppers can be found in many industrial and manufacturing plants, ranging from lumber processing plants to scrap metal houses, commercial construction companies, metal processing, agricultural, and chemical industries, iron and steel foundries, machine shops, and forging operations.

Specialty hoppers also exist and they are mostly used for processing recycling materials and other applications like glass manufacturing, stone and glass fabrication, iron and steel foundries, sanitary collection service, petroleum exploration, and forging operations. Recycle and refuse hoppers, for example, usually include plastic lids to help contain recycling and refuse material. Like standard hoppers, they also often have self dumping mechanisms that allow the unit to return to an upright position after the release lever is pulled and the contents, dumped. Steel hoppers also feature in-built attachments for lifting via forklifts.

Low-profile hoppers, on the other hand, are designed with a lower height for positioning and loading in areas that have height restrictions. Open side hoppers, on the other hand, have a special design to allow handling of materials with different thicknesses and lengths. Ninety-degree dump hoppers are designed to collect shavings and chips from low-profile chip conveyors and tilt up to 90 degrees to allow effective dumping of contents. Flatbed dumpers are specifically designed with a flat-plate surface for sheet metal processing. They are designed for safe, fast, and easy handling of scrap skeletons. Lastly, mobile dump hoppers attach themselves to small trucks for transport and dumping of various types of construction and landscaping material.