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Overhauls & Upgrades

Van Aalst Bulk Handling provides machine upgrades, overhauls and conversions for your pneumatic bulk handling equipment.

Future-proof your machine with an overhaul or upgrade

Overhauls and upgrades can be a cost effective way to improve the reliability and performance of existing bulk handling equipment. One of the major considerations when deciding between an overhaul or upgrade versus replacement is the time frame in which it can be carried out. Lead times for purchasing a new machine are typically several months up to a year. With an overhaul or upgrade, improvements can be made on a much shorter time scale and allows your machine to be up and running much faster with improved reliability and performance.

Van Aalst Bulk Handling has been involved in numerous machine upgrades, overhauls and conversions; not only of our own machines but also those from other manufacturers. Please find some of our customers cases below.

Customer Cases

Gaetano Cacciatore Inc – USA

In 2005 Geatano Cacciatore Inc built a cement import terminal for white cement in Tampa FL, USA. Van Aalst Bulk Handling was closely involved with the project and supplied a gantry mounted ship unloader, the aerated reclaim floor in the dome and a convey unit to transfer the cement from the dome to a combined truck and train loading station.

After 13 years of intensive use,  Geatano Cacciatore Inc contacted us to assist in a major overhaul of the bulk handling equipment at their Tampa terminal.

Scope of work:

  • Ship unloader upgrade and overhaul:
    • Suction arm overhaul
    • Filter receiver inlet screen to catch contamination
    • Machine room refurbishment
  • Aeated reclaim floor overhaul
  • Pneumatic conveying unit overhaul


Lehigh Cement – USA

Van Aalst Bulk Handling provided an upgrade for Lehigh Cement's ship unloader at their Everett terminal, WA - USA. The ship unloader was originally built by another manufacturer. This particular ship unloader pneumatically unloads cement and transfers it onto a conveyor belt via an airslide system. The upgrades consisted of replacing the exsiting suction arm nozzle with a Van Aalst Bulk Handling rotating nozzle and upgrading the ship unloader to conveyor belt transfer system from airslides to a set of screw conveyors with loading bellows.



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