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Ryson Bucket Elevators

Ryson’s Bucket Elevators combine vertical and horizontal transportation of bulk materials in one integral unit and represent a unique and highly effective solution to your bulk material conveyor needs.

Ryson Bucket Elevators’ signature feature is that they are completely enclosed and overlapping pivoting buckets, that prevent spillage and keeps out foreign debris.

Additionally, our Bucket Elevators stand out compared with our competitors because they are completely modular, have pivoting buckets and can have multiple inlets and outlets.

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Ryson Bucket Elevator Features

Ryson Bucket Elevators have earned a reputation for being the most durable vertical bucket elevators in the marketplace. Their robust and forward-thinking design combines a number of features—from gentle handling and rugged construction to minimal maintenance and modular design—businesses have come to benefit from and deeply value.

Gentle Handling

Ryson Bucket Elevators are designed for gentle handling and well-suited to transport a broad range of bulk products in the food, agriculture, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, chemical, ceramic, glass, recycling, building, metallurgical and other industries.

These buckets overlap at the inlets to prevent spillage and can be selectively tipped at the outlets.

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Rugged Construction

Ryson’s Bucket Elevators are designed for heavy-duty operations and long lifespans. They can be delivered in powder-coated carbon-steel, stainless-steel or washdown versions.

Our Bucket Elevators with multiple outlets feature selective bucket-tipping capabilities. This is accomplished by an air-actuated tipping ramp. The last tipping ramp is always in a fixed position, ensuring that all buckets are emptied.

The chain is a 2-inch plated roller chain with a hollow pin shaft and 1⅛-inch diameter rollers. The rolling surface is made of polyurethane, providing smooth and quiet operation. The buckets are made of food-grade-reinforced polyamide, complying with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards. The buckets are molded in one piece and can handle temperatures from –5 to +200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Additionally, flanges are provided at the inlets and outlets to facilitate easy attachment of extended funnels, shoots or tubes.

Low Maintenance

Ryson Bucket Elevators are built using high-quality components. As such, you can expect to face only minimal maintenance when working with our models. All our Bucket Elevator models have easily removable inspection covers and a conveniently located inspection window.

Our Bucket Elevators feature drawers located underneath the horizontal sections to facilitate fast and easy cleaning. The inside walls are smooth, helping prevent dust buildup. All bearings are mounted outside for easy access.

Our Bucket Elevators are also equipped with a quick-release mechanism to facilitate fast installation or removal of buckets as well as an automatic chain tensioning device and built-in overload protection.

A variable frequency drive, also known as a VFD, is required for proper operation.

Modular Design Enables Creation of Customized Bucket Elevators

Ryson Bucket Elevators’ modular design enables us to customize with ease and makes your bucket elevator versatile as well as easy to install and modify. The most common configurations are our C and Z configurations, which are available with three different bucket sizes, yielding capacities up to 300, 700 or 1,800 cubic feet per hour. The buckets must be loaded with a controlled volume and across the full width of the buckets.

No matter the use case, the Ryson team is up to the challenge of finding solutions your business needs. Explore a special application for a custom-built bucket elevator we created for a customer needing to elevate lightweight cellulose material.

Ryson Bucket Elevators Optional Features

Several Ryson Bucket Elevator optional features are available, including:

  • Controls
  • Dust-sealed enclosures
  • Additional inspection windows
  • Anti-static, metal-detectable or stainless-steel buckets
  • Cleaning station
  • Stainless-steel or washdown versions

What Is a Bucket Elevator?

A bucket elevator is a machine that’s designed to transport bulk materials—from light to heavy and from fine particulate to large products—vertically.

Ryson Bucket Elevators combine vertical and horizontal transportation in a single unit. Our C- and Z-shaped configurations provide flexibility for businesses in addition to our offering three bucket sizes. These bucket sizes can move as much as 300, 700 or 1,800 cubic feet every hour.

How Does a Bucket Elevator Work?

Bucket elevators are used to vertically convey bulk materials. Although similar to conveyor belts, bucket elevators transport material using buckets attached to a rotating belt or chain. These buckets pick up bulk material, transport it to an endpoint and then discharge the material.

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