Bulk Material Handling is primarily focused on the designing of equipment used for the handling of dry materials. Bulk materials are generally dusty, granular, or lumpy and are stored in heaps or stacks. Some examples of Bulk Materials are minerals, ores, coal, wood chips, sand, gravel, cereals, clay, cement, ash, salt, chemicals, grain, sugar, flour, and stone in loose bulk form. It can also relate to the handling of amalgamate wastes. Bulk Material Handling is a vital segment of all industries that process bulk ingredients including food, beverage, confectionery, pet food, animal feed, tobacco, chemical, agriculture, polymer, plastic, rubber, ceramic, electronics, metals, minerals, paint, paper, textiles, and many more. Hence, appropriate training is crucial for operating a productive and reliable bulk solids handling system. It will help the students and professionals alike to engender greater awareness of plant operating efficiency, safety, and process improvement.
The purpose of a Bulk Material Handling facility may be to transport material from one of several locations (i.e. source) to the final destination or to process material such as ore in concentrating or smelting or handling materials for manufacturing such as logs, wood chips, and sawdust at sawmills and paper mills. Other industries using bulk material handling include flour mills and coal-fired utility boilers. A Bulk Material Handling system often includes storage and inventory control, as well as possible material blending.
The module provides the entire concept of Material Handling in the industry.