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Everything You Need to Know About Bucket Elevators

January 25, 2022 5:54 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are all sorts of different machines in cotton mills and manufacturing plants designed to move goods from point A to point B, but bucket elevators are some of the most commonly used equipment you’ll find. This post will cover everything you’ve ever wanted to know about bucket elevators. What is a bucket elevator? A bucket elevator is a piece of machinery dedicated to the vertical hauling of materials. These machines consist of buckets that carry the materials, a belt that carries the buckets, an engine to drive the belt and various accessories to load and unload materials from the... View Article

Cold-Weather Safety Practices for Heavy Equipment Operators

December 21, 2021 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Colder winter temperatures bring a higher chance of worker injuries and equipment failure. This post from our pros at M.B. McKee Company, Inc. will cover a few of the ways to ensure ultimate winter safety for everyone and every piece of equipment on a worksite. Before starting a shift Heavy equipment safety starts before workers even climb up into their machines to start a shift. Here are steps to take before any work begins: Layer up: The first step is to wear plenty of layers before heading out on the job. Multiple layers of synthetic fabrics help conserve body heat... View Article

Common Types of Bearings and How to Identify Them

December 7, 2021 5:25 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Although they’re simple pieces of equipment, bearings are critical components of any industrial machinery. Bearings are essential in allowing free rotation while reducing friction between stationary and moving parts. There are several different types of industrial bearings, and this post will cover the main ones. Sleeve bearings As the name suggests, these mechanical bearings form a close-fitting sleeve around shafts inside machinery. Each sleeve bearing has a thin film of lubricant between the bearing and the shaft to reduce friction between the different components. You’ll often find these bearings in machines that operate with lighter loads at lower speeds. Roller... View Article

Finding the Right Fit for the Job: Drag Conveyors

October 27, 2021 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re new to the manufacturing or industrial world, you might not be familiar with drag conveyors. What are drag conveyors, and what do they do? These tools, also known as drag-chain, scraper flight or en masse conveyors, help transport objects across a distance. If you’re used to belt conveyors or roller conveyors, however, these operate a bit differently. Here’s an overview of drag conveyors and when they might be useful for a job. What are drag conveyors? Drag conveyors use chains and troughs to transport bulk material. There are two broad types: flat bottom and round bottom. Flat bottom... View Article

You Need a Roller Conveyor—Here’s Why

October 20, 2021 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

What, exactly, is a roller conveyor? If you’ve ever been through airport security, you’ve probably seen a roller conveyor. This conveyor type makes it easy to transport objects down a line, using either power, manual force or gravity. You’ve probably pushed your carry-on luggage and plastic bins down the rollers, until they eventually meet a conveyor belt. That’s just one of the uses for a roller conveyor—they’re used in many industries for similar purposes. Origin of roller conveyors The first patent for a roller conveyor was granted in 1908. Hymie Goddard of Indiana designed a roller conveyor that used internal... View Article

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