Vortex Creates Solution for New Sand Plant


In 2017, Vortex completed a large project with an industrial sand manufacturer to construct a new sand processing facility. As part of this project, the client sought solutions for:

• Diverting sand into screeners, where the sand is sized and then transferred into a series of holding bins.
• Loading sand from each holding bin into enclosed trucks below.

Due to the abrasive properties of industrial sand, this client sought reliable components designed for durability and longevity. Having enjoyed the quality of Vortex components when using them in previous projects, this client opted to source 17 pivoting chute diverters, nine titan lined diverters (TLDs), five titan slide gates (TSGS), five vortex loading spouts and 14 maintenance gates.

Once raw industrial sand is introduced into the manufacturing process, it is conveyed through an initial duct line. From that duct line, Vortex TLDs are being used to divert sand materials toward various production processes. This client sourced TLDs for their abrasion-resistance, longevity and ability to be maintained in-line.

Like the pivoting chute diverter, the TLD also features a removable access door that allows inspection and maintenance to be performed without removing the diverter from service. TLDs also feature replaceable abrasion-resistant liners and removable wetted parts.

For return-on-investment purposes, these features are beneficial because they allow for the replacement of worn parts, rather than full diverter replacement.

The TLD is also designed so that the leading edge of the blade enters a recessed area. This feature ensures that the leading edge of the blade is protected from the material flow stream, to prevent material leakage to the opposite leg.

Below the blade shaft, the TLD features a shaft seal that self-compensates for wear. As the blade actuates back and forth, any frictional wear between the blade shaft and the shaft seal is compensated by compressed rubber backing. This design ensures the blade shaft and the shaft seal are continuously forced together, protecting the blade shaft from abrasion and preventing materials from migrating to the opposite leg.