Take a Load Off!
A company works with a supplier to design a vacuum system for unloading cement and other powdered materials from river barges.
Holcim [US] Inc. [Member Holcim Ltd. Group, Switzerland], Dundee, Mich., produces cement and related building materials, including fly ash and slag, at 14 facilities located throughout the US for use in residential, commercial, industrial, and civil construction projects. The company uses river barges and various rivers to transport the materials to more than 60 distribution sites located near large cities. Because the company switched to a different type of barge for transporting the materials, it needed to install new vacuum unloading systems at several distribution sites to unload the barges faster and more efficiently.