HammerTek Elbow Room

  • Comparison of Elbows for Pneumatic Conveying of Plastics

    Comparison of Elbows for Pneumatic Conveying of PlasticsBelow is a chart comparing various types of elbow designs and how they perform against specific elbow-related problems in a pneumatic conveying system. Each elbow is rated by various categories including degradation, noise levels, downtime and costs. They can range on a scale of excellent to poor in relation to how that specific elbow performs in each situation. Performance Comparison by Elbow Type When Conveying Plastics* Excellent Good Fair Poor   ELBOW-RELATED FACTORS ELBOW TYPES …

  • Too Expensive Compared to What?

    If two products look to be nearly the same, either in appearance or in function, most people will select the less costly option. “That other product was too expensive,” is a common refrain among decision makers, post-purchase. Selecting the less costly option can seem beneficial at the time, but when purchasing plant equipment, such as pneumatic elbows, less upfront cost can prove costly in the future.  Your conveying elbows should not be thought of as …

  • Reduce Turbulence in your Conveying Line and Improve your System’s Performance

    HammerTek Smart Elbow deflection elbow

    Generally, in a conveying system, the air in the center of the pipe moves faster than the air traveling closer to the pipe walls. This even, transitional flow helps to create an insulation around the wall of the pipe, reducing impact, noise and the generation of heat. Turbulence in the piping disrupts the flow and weakens the insulation created by the slower moving air; therefore, maintaining a smooth transitional flow helps to control heat and …

  • HammerTek® Smart Elbow® Cuts Offload Time

    SMART ELBOW Deflection Elbow

    For many plants, efficiency is key for having a profitable facility and system that runs smoothly. A lot of times when shipments come in, the pace of getting material off the truck or rail car can be slow. This is commonly due to waiting for the system to take all the material and transferring it to the convey line. Plant Managers are always trying to find ways to quicken their conveying process and make things …

  • Eliminate Fines, Streamers, Angel Hair and Snake Skins When Conveying Plastic Pellets

    HammerTek Smart Elbow deflection elbow

    In a pneumatic conveying system, fines, streamers, snake skins and angel hair are common issues associated with the transferring of plastic pellets.  This damage to conveyed material typically creates problems within the system. When heat-sensitive pellets enter the conveying system, they begin moving at a rapid rate. As they approach a turn in the conveying line, they will slide against the wall of an elbow causing frictional heat, which is the primary contributor to the …

  • PBE-News: Ask an Expert – Preventing Erosion in Pneumatic Conveying Lines

    HammerTek Smart Elbow deflection elbow

    Earlier this year, Powder and Bulk Engineering’s PBE-News’ Ask an Expert feature addressed options to mitigate erosion in pneumatic conveying lines.  Ray Cocco from Particulate Solid Research Inc. mentions various methods of reducing erosion.  One suggested method is replacing the type of elbow used in the system.  The proper elbow could minimize impact and reduce, or eliminate, the erosion within a bend. Preventing elbow erosion has been a top priority for many industries as elbow …

  • HammerTek® Hammerloy™ Series a Perfect Fit

    HammerTek Smart Elbow deflection elbow

    Blowouts aren’t just costly due to lost productivity and extensive cleanup; they often carry substantial health risks and safety concerns from spilled material and environmental conditions. This was certainly the case with the Upper Occoquan Sewage Authority (UOSA). The wastewater treatment plant handles upwards of 30 million gallons per day and provides potable water to more than 300,000 people in portions of Fairfax and Prince William counties in northern Virginia. Its chemical treatment system relies …

  • Pneumatic Deflection Elbows Cut Wear, Dust, Offload Time for Bulk Project Contractor

    The tight-radius Smart Elbow deflection elbow provides a controlled flow, which is especially advantageous when conveying dusty materials such as cement or fly ash.

    Robert Ober & Associates is a specialty design/build firm that serves an international client base for bulk material handling projects that range from $25,000 retrofit contracts to $25-million turnkey plant projects. The company’s early focus on pneumatic material handling for concrete plants has grown to include a wide range of material handling, weigh batching, and powder blending systems in mining, grain, fertilizer, food, fly ash, plastics, pharmaceuticals and other industries. About 60% of that focus …

  • Smart Elbow® Deflection Elbows Withstand the Test of Time

    A common sight at RheTech before the HammerTek Smart Elbow deflection elbows were installed was an attempt at patching with ceramic tiles and duct tape.

    Five years after we did a case study on the 120 HammerTek® Smart Elbow® deflection elbows installed at RheTech, Inc., we checked in with them to find out how the elbows were holding up. RheTech is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary thermoplastic polyolefin alloys and compounds sold to the transportation and consumer durable goods markets. RheTech uses additives containing highly abrasive minerals and fiber reinforcements in their products. Gary Wright, Director of Plant Engineering, …

  • Eliminate Down Time with the Smart Elbow® Deflection Elbow

    Smart Elbow(R)Deflection Elbows

    Your conveyor system is your company’s lifeline. Anything — make that everything — you can do to keep it performing at peak capacity will carry through to your bottom line. There is nothing “routine” about routine maintenance. When your system is down for any reason, even if just for a few minutes, those few minutes cost real dollars. That’s why we invented the HammerTek® Smart Elbow® deflection elbow in the first place. Industries relying on pneumatic, …