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Bulk Material Handling

TPS can provide any of the equipment that is needed for material handling applications. Bulk material such as wood chips, sand, gravel, rubber, cement and stone are common bulk materials that we deal with. We utilize years of experience and state of the art technology to get the job done right. If you need a refresher on bulk material applications or need help with handling of bulk materials, TPS is your go-to.


We provide the equipment you need for all material handling. This equipment can include mobile equipment and storage facilities, conveyor belts, screw conveyors, stackers, reclaimers, bucket elevators, truck and railcar dumpers, ship loaders, hoppers and diverters and more. Materials Bulk material handling is essential for all industries that utilize dry bulk ingredients. The manufacturing in many industries such as paper, textiles, pet food and animal feed, powdered metals, paint, confectionary, rubber, cement and food all rely heavily on safe and efficient means of transport and handling of these materials.

Material Characteristics and Handling

Bulk materials can be sourced from multiple suppliers that are located in different geographic locations. Understanding the flow characteristics of different materials is vital to delivering the product that manufacturer’s want. For example, one type of protein powder can have different flow characteristics than another processor, even if it is the same product, due to segregation of materials. It is important to understand many things about the process such as: · Temperature · Particle Size · Liquid Content · Hopper Characteristics · The form of the material (flake, granule, powder etc.) The science of transporting bulk solids depends on understanding a material’s flow properties. It is the most important variable to understand before designing bulk solids handling systems of solving a flow problem. Designing an effective solution depends on the measured flow properties of a material that is to be handled. For example, solids may separate out in a process called segregation. This creates problems in storage applications since materials will feed erratically through a gravity-fed discharge opening and stick to bin walls.

Common Problems

Two of the most common problems – when dealing with a silo, bin or hopper – include arching and ratholing. Arching occurs when large particles interlock to form an arch at a hopper outlet and stop flowing due to shape, pressure, moisture and temperature. The other issue, Ratholing, occurs when only a flow channel located above an outlet discharges product, allowing it to remain on the sides of the bin. This causes additional problems like caking, material spoilage and worsening product segregation. In an optimal container system, all material in a silo or hopper moves at the same time. This eliminates ratholing and stagnant areas that cause spoilage. TPS provides common storage facilities for material handling such as stockpiles, storage silos and stockyards. We also design advanced bulk material handling systems that feature integrated bulk storage, conveying and discharge chutes to minimize segregation and negative air impacts. Turn-Key Processing Solutions has worked on material handling projects that include rail, barge and truck loading/unloading, conveying, stacking, blending, weighing and more. We have built numerous conveying systems and we have the expertise to deliver. Contact us today for any and all of your bulk material handling needs.