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March | April 2011

Feature title: How to select the proper plastic resin replacement elevator bucket

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Bent and torn steel buckets
F: Elevator buckets F: Elevator buckets
Bucket Choices still predominantly used in continuous dis-
for Centrifugal charge style bucket elevators. About the Author
How to select the proper Style AA
Discharge Style
Elevators
There are two categories of centrifu-
gal discharge style bucket elevators: High
Carl Swisher, Tapco Inc Sales
Manager oversees domestic and

plastic resin replacement Proper identification


of elevator type and style
of existing bucket – and
speed (operates at speeds faster than 91
mpm) and slow speed (operates at speeds
under than 107 mpm). High-speed elevator
international sales force. Swisher
has 20 years of experience in
industrial sales and international

elevator bucket then matching it with a


plastic replacement – is
buckets come in many different shapes and
sizes. The two most common bucket styles
business. Prior to joining Tapco,
Swisher was the Latin America Regional Sales
vital to ensuring the bucket used in high-speed centrifugal discharge Manager for a leading parts supplier in the sewn
by Carl Swisher, Tapco Inc. elevator continues to operate elevators are the North American CC products industry. Proficient in Spanish, he is a
efficiently. The correct bucket, (close center) style and European style. graduate of Washington University in St. Louis
when properly installed (with They handle materials such as grains, feed and completed his graduate studies at the Stern

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close bucket spacing) – assures and feed pellets, salt, seeds, fertilizer, and School of New York University.
very machine part will eventu- upper most point of the bucket to the bottom The weight of the elevator the same or Increased eleva- dry chemicals. Founded in 1974, Tapco Inc is a leading
ally wear out, needing replace- most point. Bolt hole spacing or centers are bucket contributes significantly to tor capacity. Plastic resin elevator Slow-speed buckets are used to handle manufacturer of elevator buckets with 900,000
ment. Elevator buckets are measured from the left edge of one hole to the the total cost of the elevator. By using buckets are commonly found in denser and larger materials, such as aggregates, buckets in stock – available in polyethylene,
no exception to this rule. left edge of the second hole. lighter weight plastic resin buckets – centrifugal discharge style eleva- foundry sand, coal, clay, sand, gravel, and crushed polyurethane, nylon, aluminum, ductile iron
Before selecting a replacement bucket, approximately half the weight of metal tors. In contrast, metal buckets are glass. Commonly used bucket styles for this and fabricated steel. Standard styles include
it is helpful to know several pieces of Why is Plastic Resin buckets – elevator manufactures can elevator include Style A, AA and AARB, which AA, AC, Continuous, CCB, CC-HD, CC-XD
information... Better Than Metal? use lighter gauge belts, smaller has a reinforced back. Style AA buckets and Super EuroBucket. Tapco also maintains a
Elevator buckets made from plastic resins pulley shafts and bearings, Specifying the Bucket are readily available in polyethylene, large inventory of elevator bolts, belt splices or
(A) length, (B) projection, and (C) depth.
1: Your elevator type: indus- are now the market norm of the bulk material and reduce their horsepower (T) thickness, (WL) water level, (E) hole centers. nylon, urethane, ductile iron or steel. joiners, abrasion-resistant sheeting, drag flights,
trial or agricultural; handling industry. Plastic provides the follow- and mechanical transmission With the correct selection of and hanger bearings.
2: Bucket elevator manufacturer; ing basic advantages over metal: requirements. This also means plastic replacement buckets and Carl Swisher, Sales Manager
3: Material being handled; • Lighter in weight; less wear and tear on elevator good preventive maintenance, TAPCO INC, St. Louis, Missouri USA
4: Bucket dimensions; • Non-corrosive, rust-free drive components. operators and maintenance manag- Tel: +1 314 739 9191 ext. 1920,
5: Material of bucket construction. and non-sparking; Another important factor is the ers can look forward to many years Website: www.tapcoinc.com
Back View End View
Selecting a replacement elevator bucket • Safe food grade material; ease of installation of plastic buckets. Due of proper and profitable operation.
for your bucket elevator can be a challenge, • Impact strength; to their lighter weight and lack of hazardous,
especially when you consider how many • Flexible yet strong. sharp edges, they are much easier to handle
different buckets are on the market. Properly The major advantage of any plastic bucket when changing or retrofitting in an elevator.
selecting the correct elevator bucket can keep is its physical ability to absorb an impact inside This makes the job easier and safer for those
your operation running smoothly, cut mainte- the elevator leg. More buckets tear up and tasked with keeping the bucket elevators
running at peak performance.

MADE IN HOLLAND
nance costs and improve elevator efficiency. break due to impacts and obstructions, than
Regularly scheduled inspections are also an are worn out by abrasion from the product
important factor to maximize productivity of carried. Bent and torn buckets cause a myriad Switching to Plastic Resin
your facility. of problems in the elevator: not efficiently In order to select the appropriate plastic
carrying product, dragging and scraping inside bucket, one must consider the character-
Measuring the Existing the casing and creating a potential sparking istics of the conveyed bulk material being
Elevator Bucket hazard. handled. Important factors to take
The length of the bucket is measured across A well-designed plastic
the back from outside wall to outside wall bucket has the built in abil- European style (Super Your partner in technology,
(dimension A).The projection is measured from ity to “give” or “yield” to Euro Bucket) equipment and plants for
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