Monday, January 5, 2015

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.

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