WHAT IS PETROLEUM COKE
Petroleum Coke or Petcoke as is often called is a derivative of the refining process. Residual oils from the refining process are treated with high temperature and pressure, which results in the formation of petcoke. Pet Coke is most often used as a fuel and is used to generate power, in the cement process and in steel mills.
After pet coke is formed in the coker drum it is then water cut and allowed to fall in a pit. From there it needs to be moved from the pit so that the coke process can continue. There are several ways coke is moved from the pit, front end loader, hydraulic clams on material handlers and gantry cranes operating clamshell bucket.
4 Rope Coke Buckets are the popular means of handling pet coke. This is because capacity of 4 rope coke buckets are typically much larger than a hydraulic clamshell bucket or a front end loader. A 4 rope bucket usually runs between 10 cubic yards to over 25 cubic yards. This allows for fast efficient handling of the coke.
Cable wear is a major factor in any rope operated bucket. The cable is expensive and labor intensive to change. These features help reduce cable wear in four rope buckets.
Some additional options which should be considered on a coke bucket are:
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