Feeders are designed in a variety of styles to accommodate a wide range of materials in many industries. Some feeders even have the capability of removing undersized product before it reaches the next stage in the processing system. Regardless of the style of feeder, its primary purpose is to provide an uninterrupted stream of material from a bin or hopper at a controlled rate.

To transport material from one stage of a processing plant to another, producers rely on conveyors and feeders. While conveyors move material forward at a constant speed, they don’t modulate the flow of material. Feeders, on the other hand, control the rate at which solids flow from a bin or hopper to various equipment in the processing plant and are able to operate at variable speeds depending on the application requirements. Producers are able to control the feed rate and change the speed of operation as necessary.

When selecting a feeder to meet their needs, producers should consider the characteristics of their material, its flow properties, its maximum particle size and their desired throughput. Producers should also consider the feed rate, accuracy and other operational requirements.  

Apron Feeders

McLanahan Apron Feeders are ruggedly designed to accommodate a variety of materials that other feeders cannot. Perfect for mining, quarrying, coal recovery and mineral processing applications, McLanahan’s Apron Feeders can accept and move high tonnages of material, from light to severe-duty.

Drag & Reclaim Feeders

McLanahan Drag and Reclaim Feeders make material handling simple; they tie into the downstream conveyor and do not require an operator. This style of feeder is a good fit for mining operations moving free-flowing minerals, and is well-suited for a variety of uses in coal and other industries.

Vibrating Grizzly Feeders

McLanahan Vibrating Grizzly Feeders function as both a feeder and a screen capable of bypassing material that is already to size. These feeders can be used in a variety of industries, and they are designed to withstand heavy shocks from being loaded by a truck or shovel. 

Wobbler Feeders

McLanahan Wobbler Feeders can feed material as well as scalp out fines from aggregate, coal and mineral streams. This style of feeder is ideal for wet, sticky material or material with a high percentage of clay.

Why McLanahan

McLanahan offers a large selection of feeders that are designed based on a producer’s material size, weight and desired throughput. The feeders deliver material to a conveyor belt or crusher at a rate that matches the capacity of that machine. McLanahan feeders can be incorporated into an extensive number of combinations to produce systems solutions capable of loading, unloading, sampling, testing and storing materials.

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