Choosing the right hopper design depends on the shapes of materials being processed. Obviously, the hopper needs to be large enough to accommodate the likely scrap forms. Also, will the hopper be fed manually or with a conveyor or some other form of automation? It’s also extremely important that the hopper is designed for safety to minimize the risk of injuries to operators.
Standard hoppers are intended for general purpose applications. Special hoppers can be designed for:
- Pipe or profile extrusions
- Film or sheet with manual feed or powered feed roll
- Bulky parts such as bumpers or gas tanks
- Conveyor feed
- Robot or sprue picker feeds