Six years ago, a customer reached out to discuss issues with a bucket elevator. Sediment at the bottom of the bucket elevator became extremely hard and caused downtime and damage to the equipment. The customer wanted a solution that did not require the purchase of a completely new transport system. The solution was a specially developed module for mounting at the bottom of the bucket elevator – a wrap, which today is a fixed part of SOBY's product catalogue.
Developed a wrap to prevent crop precipitation
"The customer's challenge arose when precipitate gathered at the bottom of the bucket elevator. The amount became larger and finally very hard. At one point it became so large that the cups grabbed hold of it and could not handle the load. This resulted in deformation of the cups", says Niels Bundgaard, Chief Engineer at SOBY.
"We took care of the challenge by developing a solution that could be mounted on the customer's existing system. It is called a wrap because it literally wraps around the path of the cups at the bottom of the elevator. The wrap minimizes precipitation and is thus a solution that both protects the equipment and optimizes operations. After that, the wrap became a solution that we offer as standard, because we could see a general need", says Niels Bundgaard.
What is a wrap - and how does it work?
SOBY's solution is called a wrap because it literally wraps itself around the path of the cups at the bottom of the elevator. The wrap is placed with a minimum distance to the cups, which is adjustable in relation to the crop. Depending on the size of the crop, it can damage or stop the equipment if grains get stuck between the cups and the wrap.
"In practice, the wrap prevents the accumulation of large quantities of grain at the bottom of the elevator. It also reduces the need for cleaning and minimizes wear on the cup elevator parts. The wrap ensures a smooth movement of the crops through the elevator, and therefore also helps to maintain a stable and efficient operation", Niels Bundgaard explains about the advantages of the solution that the customer's challenge led to.
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Sediment in connection with the transport of grass pellets in a bucket elevator.
A specially developed solution from SOBY, called a wrap.
Prevents accumulation of large quantities of grain at the bottom of a bucket elevator.
Wrap ensures a smooth movement of the crops through the elevator, and therefore also helps to maintain a stable and efficient operation.