Gravel Pumps in Action
An industrial vacuum pump has a variety of uses in the industrial world. A vacuum pump works by sucking a dry material through a tube, usually as a form of conveyor to move the particles from one place to another. This form of conveyor is used rather than traditional belt conveyors for a variety of reasons.
Factories often choose to use vacuum pumps to move small particles from one place to another, like flour, rocks, or grain. A vacuum pump carries the materials safely from one place to another without risk of outside contamination. The enclosed system also allows the factory to transport all of the item, reducing dust and the loss of the product that can occur using other conveyance methods.
I had the chance to see a gravel industrial vacuum pump in action a few days ago. I found the process quite interesting and enlightening.
A small tube was connected to a large gravel pile. The tube looked just like the tube attached to most household vacuums that is used to clean up small pieces of dirt trapped in the corners of the room. The tube sucked the gravel into the tube.
The gravel then traveled through the tube into a nearby hopper. The hopper temporarily held the gravel until it was ready to be transported to another location inside the factory. A second tube sucked up the gravel out of the hopper and transferred it into an interior location inside the factory. The gravel was then placed into another container until it was ready for use on the factory production line.
With this system, there was no dust produced by the movement of the gravel from one place to another. The factory could quickly move large amounts of gravel from one place to another without the need for large, mobile equipment and trucks to haul the gravel. The vacuum pump system was low-profile enough that it hardly took up any space inside the factory.