by Megan Bialobrzeski
Below 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*
|ELBOW-RELATED FACTORS||ELBOW TYPES|
|LONG RADIUS SWEEP ELBOWS||CERAMIC-LINED ELBOWS||PLUGGED TEES||SPECIALTY IMPACT ELBOWS||SPECIALTY DEFLECTION ELBOWS|
|STREAMERS, ANGEL HAIR, SNAKESKINS|
|PELLET DEGRADATION AND GENERATION OF FINES|
|BUILD-UP AND PLUGGING|
|SHORT TERM COSTS|
|LONG TERM COSTS|
*The above ratings are the opinions of HammerTek Corp. and are generalizations that do not apply to all applications. HammerTek offers free trials for users to accurately determine application-specific performance of Smart Elbow deflection elbows, and encourages users to consider the total costs that may occur when an elbow fails. Costs such as elbow replacements, maintenance, equipment rental, cleanup, lost production, etc. all negatively affect the operations of a plant and its bottom line.