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Handling Bulk Material

When processing various materials is done, they must then be conveyed to the transportation system and then moved to whoever will use them. This process must be properly and carefully done. This is because of the place it holds in ensuring the eventual quality of the entire processing activities.

If the conveying process is not properly delivered upon, then the released product may not meet the required or expected quality. This underscores the need for the careful and proper handling and conveying of these materials. There is, however, a field of engineering for this. This is known as Bulk Material Handling.

Bulk Material Handling can simply be referred to as an area of engineering whose aim is to develop tools applied in the handling and conveying of produce. This covers both the raw and the already processed. The type of products that bulk material handling focuses on is, just as the name suggests, bulk materials. Bulk materials can be referred to as the materials that exist in powder or granules, or lumps. We also include fine materials.

The main goal of bulk material handling is to ensure that materials are properly conveyed or transported from the source to where we will be needed, especially in manufacturing processes.

There are several characteristics that products that fall into the category of bulk materials have. These include:

Moisture Content

The content of moisture is usually very low or, in fact, practically non-existent. 

Abrasive Qualities

Materials regarded as bulk materials are not usually abrasive, although there may be some that have harmful qualities. A good example is a cement.


Pretty simple. This refers to how fast the materials can move, especially through conveyor systems.


You cannot separate them into units. They are thus lumped together. 

Typical examples of materials that fall in this category will have such materials as precious minerals and materials. It also includes materials that have been processed into a final product. Such products will include cement, salt, all types of sands, gravel, and even ores and coal. Bulk material handling is an engineering space, typically on materials that exist in bulk or have to package as such. 

Bulk material handling careers and jobs can get jobs in almost all industries that deal with the process of developing and disbursing or distributing fine materials. These include, amongst others, chemical processing and production, minerals and metals industry, agriculture and animal feed, and much more.

In most of these places, the system for handling bulk materials will include a sometimes complex collection of various machines and equipment. The modern systems of bulk material handling should have such things as top-loaders, conveyor belts, reclaimers, truck dumpers, ship-loaders, and many more. 

A carefully designed bulk materials handling framework is then completed with an array of storage equipment. This is where we will store the materials after we have passed through the bulk materials handling. Such storage facilities include stock silos and stockyards. Finally attached to this are an inventory management and monitoring process.