South Dakota Patent of the Month – November 2023

Masaba, Inc. was formed in 1962 with a mission to design and build rugged equipment to withstand the demanding environments of the mining and aggregate industries. The company’s latest commitment to innovation has resulted in a patent for their aggregate transferring system.

The design simplifies the process of receiving aggregate materials and elevating it to a higher vertical level – like a silo. This type of solution caters to the needs of industries such as construction, mining, and more.

The core of this apparatus lies in its intelligently engineered components. The base assembly serves as the foundation, equipped with a base frame, unloader structure, and a base conveyor. The unloader structure efficiently gathers aggregate from vehicles positioned over the base frame, ready for the next phase of elevation.

Enter the aggregate elevating assembly – a marvel of engineering that comprises a deployable frame and an elevating conveyor. The deployable frame, flexible and elongated, smoothly transitions between a storage position for transport and a deploy position for operation. The elevating conveyor then takes charge, transporting aggregate upward from the base assembly toward the free end of the deployable frame.

The conveyor extension assembly adds an extra layer of functionality by conveying aggregate horizontally outward from the aggregate elevating assembly. This assembly includes a dynamic extension conveyor, capable of moving between a lowered position for transport and a raised position for operation. The extension conveyor, with its inboard and outboard segments, ensures a seamless transfer of aggregate.

What makes this apparatus truly versatile is its ability to adapt to different configurations. The extension conveyor can be lowered for transport, positioned parallel to the deployable frame, and raised for operation, extending outwardly and even cantilevered for efficient aggregate transfer.

Masaba’s aggregate transferring apparatus is more than just a piece of machinery; it’s a game-changer for industries dependent on effective material handling. With its robust design, flexibility, and efficiency, this invention marks a significant leap forward in the world of aggregate management. 

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