Metal Working

About Metal Working

Bulk material handling is a field in engineering centred on the design of equipment used for the handling of dry materials.

SN Lavalin, as one of the big dogs in the manufacture and design of bulk handling equipment and independent plant-wide systems, is committed and well-versed in producing top-notch individual and automated systems that will discover metal working bulk materials from exterior and interior plant sites, move it between processing machinery and storage facilities, ascertain its weight, feed it to packaging lines, extrude it, mould it and finally store it. From there, it is loaded into high-duty vehicles.

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Common End Products

There are various everyday metalworking products produced using bulk ingredients and powder. They are

  • Rods & Cylinders
  • Silverware
  • Superalloy Ingots
  • Tubes
  • Aluminum Die-Castings
  • Alloy products
  • Bakeware Molds
  • Bearings
  • Control Arms
  • Castings
  • Electrometallurgical Products
  • Fluxes
  • Forks and Rings
  • Gears
  • Jewelry

Features of Bulk Materials

Bulk ingredients used in Metalworking range from oily to dry, non-free-flowing to free-flowing, and large particles to powder. Common material features include

  • Abrasiveness

Materials are usually rough, capable of causing damage by grinding or rubbing against something.

  • Dustiness

Depending on their form, materials tend to cause particles to become airborne due to stimulus.

  • Hazardous

Materials are generally dangerous and must be handled with care.

  • Hygroscopicity

Some solid materials are capable of absorbing moisture from the surrounding atmosphere.

  • Free- and semi-free flowing
  • Causticity

Safety while handling materials is paramount as they may burn when it comes in contact with certain surfaces.

Some of the bulk materials handled include Aluminium, Aluminium Oxide, Aluminium Hydrate, Aluminium Stearate, Ammonium Perchlorate, Carbon Black, and Anthracite, among other raw materials.

Carbon Black

Carbon Black, otherwise known as thermal black, lamp black, or acetylene black, is a product of a partial combustion of heavy-weight petroleum products that include ethylene cracking tar, FCC tar, and coal tar. Carbon black is associated with paracrystalline carbon that has an increased surface-area-to-volume ratio, but short of an activated carbon.

  • It can be used as a model tool for soot in experiments involving diesel oxidation.
  • It is also used as a strengthening agent in rubber products.

It is used to produce different colours of paints, inks and plastics. Carbon is toxic and may cause when you come in direct contact with it.

Calcium Hydroxide
It is also known as Hydrated Lime and is an inorganic compound. It is a colourless crystal or white powder produced when quicklime (calcium oxide) is mixed or slaked with water. Hydrated lime is used to make mortars, plasters, cement types, hard rubber products, and petrochemicals.


Titanium dioxide, also known as titanium (IV) oxide, is the naturally occurring titanium oxide. When used as a pigment, it is called titanium white or Pigment White 6. It is widely used to make paint.
Can’t see your desired material? With thousands of installations globally and over 10,000 years of experience, the chances are SN Lavalin has definitely and successfully handled your bulk material over and over again.
From independent units to engineered systems, SL Lavalin’s equipment is capable of integrating with the equipment of other manufacturers, unload, speedily fill vast volumes of materials, decrease environmental hazard, increase flow, alleviate the degradation of products, contain products, reduce and collect dust and increase the chances of workers safety.

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