peanuts
Capacity increase
troubleshooting
venting
Reduction of Elevator Downtime & Maintenance
Challenge

The bucket elevator at a major peanut processing facility was not performing to capacity due to poor bucket fill and discharge. Peanut skins and meal stuck to the blue polyethylene buckets provided by the elevator manufacturer causing peanuts to spill out of the buckets resulting in reduced capacity. The spilled peanuts would build up in the elevator boot where they would become ground up into a pasty meal that also stuck to the buckets.

The peanut meal build-up in the buckets reduced capacity and damaged the peanuts to the point that the elevator had to be shut down every three to four weeks to have all the buckets washed and the boot and head pulleys cleaned to reduce damage to the peanuts and improve system capacity. The elevator incorporated a solid drum style boot pulley that made the situation worse as peanuts fell between the boot and pulley.

The bucket elevator at a major peanut processing facility was not performing to capacity due to poor bucket fill and discharge. Peanut skins and meal stuck to the blue polyethylene buckets provided by the elevator manufacturer causing peanuts to spill out of the buckets resulting in reduced capacity. The spilled peanuts would build up in the elevator boot where they would become ground up into a pasty meal that also stuck to the buckets.

The peanut meal build-up in the buckets reduced capacity and damaged the peanuts to the point that the elevator had to be shut down every three to four weeks to have all the buckets washed and the boot and head pulleys cleaned to reduce damage to the peanuts and improve system capacity. The elevator incorporated a solid drum style boot pulley that made the situation worse as peanuts fell between the boot and pulley.

Solution

Replace blue unvented CC-HD 9 X 5 Polyethylene buckets with 4B CC-S 9 x 5 Urethane elevator buckets incorporating vent holes. Replace boot pulley with self-cleaning wing style pulley.

Replace blue unvented CC-HD 9 X 5 Polyethylene buckets with 4B CC-S 9 x 5 Urethane elevator buckets incorporating vent holes. Replace boot pulley with self-cleaning wing style pulley.

Results

4B CC-S Vent #3 Urethane buckets virtually eliminated the need for bucket clean out and pulley washing. The anti-stick properties of urethane combined with the bucket venting helped prevent material build-up and improved bucket fill and product release. The venting allows the air that would normally be trapped in the bucket to escape and even small peanuts including splits stay in the bucket until they reach the discharge point. Elevator downtime and maintenance was further improved with the installation of the wing pulley, since peanuts were no longer trapped between belt and pulley.

4B CC-S Vent #3 Urethane buckets virtually eliminated the need for bucket clean out and pulley washing. The anti-stick properties of urethane combined with the bucket venting helped prevent material build-up and improved bucket fill and product release. The venting allows the air that would normally be trapped in the bucket to escape and even small peanuts including splits stay in the bucket until they reach the discharge point. Elevator downtime and maintenance was further improved with the installation of the wing pulley, since peanuts were no longer trapped between belt and pulley.

peanut build-up inside elevator buckets
wing-style elevator pulley
4B CC-S 9x5 Urethane Elevator Bucket
4B CC-S 9x5 Urethane Elevator Bucket With Vent #3 Pattern Holes
vented 4B CC-S 9x5 urethane elevator buckets installed on elevator
peanut build-up inside elevator buckets
wing-style elevator pulley
4B CC-S 9x5 Urethane Elevator Bucket
4B CC-S 9x5 Urethane Elevator Bucket With Vent #3 Pattern Holes
vented 4B CC-S 9x5 urethane elevator buckets installed on elevator