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Advantages of Pneumatic Conveyors

You may be wondering what the advantages of pneumatic conveyors verses mechanical conveyors are, and you have found the right place to look. There are many things to consider while looking at a pneumatic conveyor compared to mechanical, but don’t let that overwhelm you as the process will help you find the perfect machine. If you don’t already know, you may be wondering what the difference is between the two systems and here it is:

Pneumatic Conveyor: This conveying system transfers powders, granules, and other materials from one manufacturing process to another. These items are generally made in bulk and each system has four basic elements to it. These elements include; air source, feed devices, convey lines, and a separator. This separator will use air to separate the materials. This system is fully enclosed unlike a mechanical system.

Mechanical Conveyor: This conveying system is generally used to move non-powdered items, although it can be used in that way too. This system is open instead of closed like a pneumatic conveyor, although there are also closed options available. It is also comprised of a drive motor and chain reducer, which is connected to a roller or sprocket. This conveyor is in direct contact with the material, instead of using air to push the material through.

There are different materials that work best in each system and you should discuss the materials with your manufacturer, so you can find the best system for you.

Materials Best Used for Pneumatic Conveyors: You will want to work with dry, fine powders. These materials are better able to flow through the aerated conveyer line. These powders can include:

  • Wheat flour
  • Starch
  • Sugar
  • Sands
  • Metal powders
  • And much more.

Materials Best Used for Mechanical Conveyors: You will want to be working with heavy, granular products with a mechanical conveyor. These materials can be wet and packable, unlike the powders used in a pneumatic system. These conveyors are best used for materials that come in different sizes regularly. These materials include:

  • Crushed rock
  • Wet sand
  • Large food particles
  • And much more

After looking at the possible materials that can be conveyed with the two different types of conveyors you will notice that they are needed for very different processes. If you are working with fine materials, and are looking for a low maintenance, sanitary system, a pneumatic system may be what you are looking for.

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