Column dumpers and tilt dumpers perform the same basic function-raise a container into the air and tip the contents into another machine or storage vessel for the next step in the process. Knowing that, how does a food processor determine whether they need a column dumper or a tilt dumper? And furthermore, after determining which kind of dumper they need, how do they choose between a single- and twin-column dumper or tilt dumper and high-lift?
That’s where the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) can help. With just a few key questions, the OEM can easily steer the processor to the dumping machine that will work best for their facility.
What kind of container is the processor lifting and dumping? How big is the container and how much will it weigh when loaded with product? How high will the dumper be lifting the container?
Read on to learn how the answers to those questions determine which machine is the best for the job.
Do You Need a Tilt Dumper or a Column Dumper?
Tilt dumpers use hydraulics to tip a load into/onto the next machine.
At EnSight Solutions, our sales consultants will recommend a tilt dumper if the processor needs to dump cardboard combos, stainless steel vats or a similarly sized container. If the processor needs to dump at a height taller than 7’, they can choose the high-lift version, which will raise the load vertically and then tilt. This helps save floor space.
Because they are ideal for cardboard combos that are loaded with raw product, tilt dumpers are usually found at the beginning of the line. They often dump raw ingredients to be further processed.
Column dumpers lift their loads vertically to a certain position, at which point they dump their load into the next machine or container. While tilt dumpers swing out at the base to tip the load into the next area, column dumpers raise the load straight up to the top of the support column and then rotate the container to dump it.
Column dumpers are available with single or twin columns. Both provide the same functionality, but the twin-column style is optimal for heavier loads, as well as longer troughs that would result in an overhung load on a single-column dumper.
Column dumpers are exclusively designed to handle dump buggies/V-mag carts and troughs of varying sizes. Because of this, they are found later in the line, after the product has already been processed. They are hygienically designed to work in any food processing facility, but they are especially optimal in facilities where processors are averse to hydraulic fluid being present in the facility, e.g., bakeries.
EnSight Solutions is proud to offer A-One tilt and column dumpers, all of which have long held a reputation for providing dependable service in a heavy-duty package. Food processors can rest easy knowing if they choose an A-One dumper, they’re investing in years of reliable dumping. In addition, the EnSight engineering team can size the dumpers to lift the size of loads you need.
If you’re ready to learn more about EnSight A-One tilt and column dumpers, please contact our sales consultants to start the discussion.