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 between vacuum conveying and 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 and 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:
- Pulverized or Powdered
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 companys convey piping runs can be vertical or horizontal in 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, the number 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 pickup 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 looking 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 pickup area but 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, managers prize a pressure pneumatic conveying system when they need to move bulky materials, especially if the facility is quite large.
Combination 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 pickup 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 pickup 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 most crucial factors to monitor in an organization’s supply chain. This is because a system optimized with the latest in dust collection promotes worker safety and allows a more dynamic way to collect or move bulk materials in a plant.
Whether your projects require vacuum pneumatic conveying, pressurized pneumatic conveying, or a combination of both, it is safe to work with trusted professionals with years of industry experience.
For a quote or consultation on vacuum-to-pressure air transportation systems and their hybrid alternatives, contact Camcorp as soon as possible.