Automate Your Material Handling Task with the Use of Industrial Hoppers
Most industries deal with materials handling, which involves the movement, storage, protection, and control of products and materials throughout warehousing, manufacturing, distribution, disposal, and consumption. Materials handling is a process that may require a wide variety of automated, semi-automated, or manual systems and equipment to support logistics and keep the supply chain going. Industrial hoppers are among the most important pieces of equipment for that process.
The application of industrial hoppers to materials handling can help with resource allocation, forecasting, production planning, inventory control and management, and the management of flow and process. Your company's materials handling processes and systems must be able to help reduce handling costs in transportation, distribution, and manufacturing. Likewise, it must minimize inventory and shorten delivery or retrieval times. Having high-quality industrial hoppers can immensely improve your company's materials handling processes.
Materials handling can be faster and more efficient with automated equipment. Industrial hoppers can be manufactured as self-dumping hoppers to make it easier to handle and transfer any type of material from scraps to recyclables and trash. Basic and durable self-dumping hoppers are made of 12 and 10 gauge steel and can handle up to 4,000lbs of material, with a capacity of up to five cubic yards.
The best industrial hoppers are made to suit your industry and the materials that you need to handle. For instance, a self-dumping hopper for handling metal scrap, sand, glass, construction materials, ash, coal, rubber, and sawdust must be continuously welded and constructed from seven-gauge carbon steel. Industrial hoppers have a flip secure latch to keep it in place when dumping materials. A high-quality industrial hopper for rugged applications should have taper pins on the extruded and pierced trunnion track for better tracking and superior wear resistance.
Industrial hoppers come in different sizes and capacities. Always choose the right size for safe and effective handling of materials. An 8,000-10,000lbs capacity hopper can safely handle concrete, hot ash, glass, castings and forgings, minerals, and heavy construction materials, making it more suitable for the most rugged industries. This type of hopper must be made of high-grade carbon steel. Look for a model that is constructed of 3/16-inch and 1/4-inch carbon steel, with a continuously welded design.
There are hopper manufacturers that can customize their products according to your industry and business requirements. Find a reputable hopper manufacturer online and contact them to discuss your requirements with the engineering staff.
About the Author:
This article is written by Mike Genter, who is associated with Roura Material Handling. Roura Material Handling produces a large variety of self dumping hoppers including durable hoppers, rugged hoppers, ultimate hoppers, behemoth hoppers as well as custom and specialty dumping hoppers for both commercial and industrial use.