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Publication Date: 03/2006
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Elevating success with custom-designed bucket elevators

To minimize cross-contamination and reduce labor and production costs, a company worked closely with a bucket elevator supplier to customize three bucket elevators for its new plant.

Headquartered in New Orleans, Pontchartrain Materials Corp. LLC supplies stone, sand, and specialty aggregate products to local and national markets. The company recently designed and built a new plant in Slidell, La., for producing specialty aggregate products used in residential and commercial building projects, including high-end swimming pools, office building facades, and other projects where decorative stone is used to add a touch of elegance. Because the company handles many different aggregate colors, the new plants production line needed equipment thats easy to clean between production runs to prevent color cross-contamination and minimize labor costs. When searching for production line equipment, the company found a dryer, screener, belt conveyors, and hoppers that met the plants requirements. However, the company found that the bucket elevators would have to be custom-designed if they were to meet the plants easy-cleanout requirements.

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