When it comes to moving materials through a facility, owners that set up their operations with pneumatic conveyors will find themselves in the position of needing to select from vacuum conveying or pressure conveying. Sometimes it’s best to arrange for a combination system.
CAMCORP’s experts have years of experience consulting with companies to help them determine the best solution for their particular pneumatic conveying requirements. What follows is information about vacuum vs. pressure pneumatic conveying as well as hybrid systems to help you in your decision-making process.
Basics of Pneumatic Conveying Systems
Organizations ranging from the industrial sector to agriculture that routinely deal with large quantities of dry materials often find that their facilities must be designed with a pneumatic conveying system.
Systems optimized to transfer bulk materials using pneumatic conveying will work with sometimes heavy loads in three basic forms:
They move large amounts of bulk materials through an air stream via tubes or pipes by pushing (pressure) or pulling (vacuum) the fine particles, pellets, or granules through the system via pneumatic conveying. Your company’s convey piping runs can be vertical or horizontal with either configuration.
Facility owners, managers, and other stakeholders will consider whether it’s best to use a vacuum, pressure, or combination system.
When you require external expertise to bolster your research, the team at CAMCORP is available to consult on a customized system that considers your industry, the volume of materials, numbers of sources and distribution points, and so on.
Assessing such a wide variety of use cases from our many satisfied customers enables CAMCORP’s team to provide insight to businesses that are still evaluating which type of pneumatic conveying conveyance system might be most suitable for their objectives.
Vacuum Pneumatic Conveying
With a vacuum pneumatic conveying system, the facility typically has multiple pick-up points, with the materials transported to a single collection area.
Factories and other entities will install vacuum-based systems for their conveying because they need to maintain tight control over hazardous dust or toxic particles in the air.
A vacuum system lends itself well to applications where you must be careful about following regulations concerning dust control. It’s also called for when a process is transferring bulk materials that may plug up the pipes in a pressure system.
We often hear from companies with limited real estate for a pneumatic conveying system. Vacuum conveying is suitable for them because you can fit more in a smaller space.
Pressure Pneumatic Conveying
Compared to a vacuum system, a pressure pneumatic conveying setup is used when you have just one pick-up area, but you are moving the materials to more than one destination in your factory.
For example, you are splitting up a bulk agricultural product to be relabeled for shipment to five countries, so it’s best to configure your system with five destinations near the end of your assembly and packing line.
Of course, a pressure pneumatic conveying system is prized by managers when their focus is on moving heavy materials, especially when the facility spans quite a distance.
Combination of Vacuum and Pressure Pneumatic Conveying
If your organization has a more complex setup for moving around bulk materials, installing a combination vacuum and pressure pneumatic conveying system may be the best approach.
This is called for when you routinely have more than one pick-up point and are routing materials to more than one destination inside your facility.
An example is a facility that receives shipments from trucks or trains that come at various intervals in multiple sizes and configurations. Such a facility is also equipped to redistribute bulk materials from scattered pick-up points to several destinations.
Request a Consultation or Quote on Pneumatic Conveying From CAMCORP
Selecting the most appropriate type of pneumatic conveying equipment can help your business meet future growth projections by allowing you to work more efficiently as you move items in and out of your distribution and collection areas.
Often, the pneumatic conveying system is one of the more crucial factors to monitor in an organization’s supply chain. That’s because an optimized system with the latest in dust collection promotes worker safety and allows for a more dynamic way to collect or move bulk materials throughout a facility.
Whether your projects require vacuum pneumatic conveying, pressure pneumatic conveying, or a combination of the two, it’s prudent to work with trusted professionals with years of experience in the industry.
To obtain a quote or consultation on vacuum versus pressure pneumatic conveying systems and their hybrid alternatives, connect with CAMCORP at your earliest convenience.