Vortex® is considered the world leader in valves for handling dry bulk solids. Sitting on a 15-acre campus in Salina, KS, our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and office complex spans over 150,000 square feet. Their current footprint allows them to introduce lean manufacturing methods supported by advanced fabrication equipment and laser cutting technology.
As Vortex began to expand and modernize, they were also stretching footprint into new global markets. They have sold valve solutions in over 75 countries worldwide with local representatives in 30-plus countries. Along with their corporate headquarters located in Salina, KS, they have global offices in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Latin America, and Asia.
It all began in the 1980s when the company was awarded a patent on the Orifice Gate™. This new and innovative valve design surpassed the industry’s expectations for handling dry materials in pneumatic conveying. Soon following the Orifice Gate came the launch of the Wye Line Diverter™. This diverter valve applied the same design concepts of the Orifice Gate dramatically improving process efficiencies when compared to traditional flapper or tunnel style diverters.
Vortex Quantum Series slide gates and diverters are the valves our customers have been using for decades to shut off, meter, and divert their dry bulk material. It’s our traditional line of valves for dry bulk processing and conveying through gravity flow or pneumatic (pressure or vacuum) conveying.
Some of the industries that use Quantum valves include but not limited to: agriculture, chemical, coffee, dairy, foods, milling, pet food, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, plastics, rubber, textiles, tobacco, and wood – to name a few.
Vortex Titan Series slide gates and diverters are engineered for HEAVY-DUTY material handling applications. These applications include materials that pose excessive abrasion or wear issues, situations that call for extremely large-sized valves and diverters, and conditions that warrant additional considerations that will allow these valves to be as successful as possible in extremely harsh environments.
Some of the materials handled with Vortex Titan valves include but not limited to: alumina, bauxite, cement, clinker, coal, fly ash, frac sand, gravel, glass cullet, lime/limestone, metal powders, potash, rock and sand – to name a few.
Loading Solutions offer a complete line of telescopic loading chute systems for the loading process. We also custom engineer any loading spout system to meet the most demanding loadout application requirements, including corrosive or hazardous materials, long distances, low and high temperatures, etc. Vortex fully assembles, factory tests and packages every loading spout system before shipping it to the facility to provide ease of installation and to ensure optimal performance once in use.
Some of the materials handled with Vortex Loading Solutions include but not limited to: petrochemical powders, plastic granules, wood pellets, cement, grains, sand, gravel, or coal. – to name a few. And can be used in open, semi-enclosed and closed vessels: trucks, railroad cars, tankers, ships, barges, and open-stockpiling.
Engineered Solutions for handling dry bulk material have always been a part of Vortex. Our application engineers listen to the customer’s needs and match the right valve to the application parameters. Material characteristics, environment, and valve requirements all must be considered to properly modify the valve to fit the application.
Because the combinations are nearly endless, a commodity valve or off the shelf valve will not be enough. Vortex offers literally millions of variations of slide gates and diverter valves to meet almost any dry bulk processing application. We can sometimes take one of our standard valves and make some minor modifications to fit the customer’s application. Other times the only thing left standard on the valve is the famous black and silver Vortex sticker.
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