Bucket elevators afford a practical, efficient and economical means of elevating a wide variety of dry, free-flowing bulk materials. Typical elevators consist of a series of buckets metal or plastic mounted on chain or belt and enclosed in steel casings. Take-ups in the foot terminal allow compensation for changes in chain or belt length due to temperature, wear, etc. Since bucket elevators are generally fully enclosed, they are ideally suited for either indoor or outdoor applications.
Bucket elevators are available in a variety of configurations and sizes, as shown here. These various designs can accommodate any handling job, from dry, dusty powders like fly ash, to heavy, abrasive materials, such as iron ore pellets.
Bucket elevators are designed around the unique characteristics of the material to be handled.