The Vortex®Aggregate Diverter™ is designed to meet the demanding applications with handling material such as sand, gravel, whole grains, and coal. The optional inlets, chute liners, and bucket liners extend the life of this valve when handling abrasive materials. The diverter’s access panel allows for quicker entry to the interior of the diverter for inspecting and cleaning the valve. The heavy-duty abrasion resistant bucket is also removable through this access panel for service.
Ideal application: Used to divert heavy-duty and/or abrasive dry bulk solid materials from one source toward two destinations in gravity-fed applications. The Vortex® Aggregate Diverter™ often replaces conventional “bucket” diverters used in such environments.
Optional chute liners to protect against wear and abrasion
Optional dead pocket inlet allows materials to abrade upon themselves as they pass through the inlet
Optional “rock box” liners allow materials to collect and abrade upon themselves, rather than continuously abrading upon the diverter’s material contact areas
Recessed areas to protect the seals and leading edges of the bucket blade from abrasion
Dust-tight to atmosphere
Robust blade seal maintains a positive seal of materials/dust-tight seal across the closed outlet chute to prevent material leakage into the opposite chute
Removable access panel for in-line inspection and maintenance
Replaceable parts to prolong service life
Bucket blade constructed from 400 Brinell Hardness (BHN) abrasion-resistant steel
Gravity flow only
Heavy-duty and/or abrasive dry bulk solid materials
6 – 24 in | 152 – 610 mm
Contact us for custom sizes
Inlet & Outlets
Available in square or rectangular sizes. Round transition options are available in round sizes.
15x24 in — 50x73 in | 380x610 mm — 1,270x1,855 mm
70 – 1,275 lb | 30 –580 kg
Outlet Angle Options
30° or 45° from center
Contact us for custom angles
Standard flange, ANSI #125/150, DIN PN10
Custom flanges are available
250°F | 120°C for standard gate, with modifications that allow up to 400°F | 205°C
Painted carbon steel
Material Contact Options
400 BHN abrasion-resistant steel, carbon steel
400 BHN abrasion-resistant steel, UHMW, rubber, “rock box”
Bucket Seal Options
Chute rubber, silicone rubber, Kryptane® abrasion-resistant polyurethane
Double-acting air cylinder, hand lever, electric actuator
Magnetic reed, proximity or mechanical limit switches
ATEX Zone 20 (internal), ATEX Zone 21 (external), FDA
The angle the outlets are offset (45 or 30) degrees.
Modifications are made allowing 400 F (204 C) continuous to 450 F (232 C) intermittent service.
Carbon steel special service inlet with built-in dead pocket deflector.
Replaceable abrasion resistant polymer liner on bucket legs.
AR400 carbon steel honeycomb liner on bucket legs.
AR 400 carbon steel honeycomb liner on bucket.
Round transitions with SVC bolt hole pattern are mounted to the inlet and two outlets of the valve.
Round transitions with ANSI (or DIN if a Metric Valve) bolt hole pattern are mounted to the inlet and two outlets of the valve.
*Additional modifications available based on application.
Vortex Aggregate Diverter vs. Alternatives
• Many alternative bucket diverters are constructed from less durable metal materials of construction. When handling heavy-duty and/or abrasive dry bulk solid materials, rapid wear and abrasion will result in frequent maintenance and diverter replacement. To address this concern, the body of the Vortex® Aggregate Diverter™ is constructed from carbon steel. Its bucket blade is constructed from 400 Brinell Hardness Number (BHN) abrasion-resistant steel.
• Many alternative bucket diverters have thin elastomer seals adhered to the perimeter of the blade. Over time, the thin seals erode or tear away from the blade and allow material leakage into the opposite chute. The Aggregate Diverter addresses this concern by incorporating a bucket seal constructed from a full sheet of durable rubber. Rather than adhering thin seal strips around the perimeter of the bucket, the robust seal sheet is bolted beneath the bucket and secured by a bolt-in metal plate. This design ensures the bucket seal will not tear away inservice, and will provide a positive seal of materials/dust-tight seal over time.
• Many alternative bucket diverters are designed so that the leading edges of the bucket are constantly exposed to the material flow stream, creating wear and abrasion to the blade and bucket seal. If wear is significant, it can allow material leakage into the opposite chute, in addition to frequent wear part maintenance. To address these concerns, the Aggregate Diverter is designed with recessed areas so that the leading edges of the bucket are shielded from the material flow stream.
• Many alternative bucket diverters are designed with irreplaceable wetted parts. Once a primary wetted part is worn significantly, the entire diverter must be replaced. To resolve this cost-effectiveness issue, the Aggregate Diverter is designed with replaceable wetted parts thatcan be accessed in-line. This includes actuator, bucket, and bucket seal, among others. If maintained and operated as recommended, these should be the diverter's only wear parts. In several cases, this has allowed an Aggregate Diverter to remain in service for many years – and sometimes, even decades.
• Many alternative bucket diverters have sealed bodies, which limits interior access. In order to perform inspection and/or maintenance, the diverter must be removed from the process line so that its internal mechanisms can be accessed. This can lead to expensive and extensive production downtime. To allow in-line inspection and/or maintenance, the Aggregate Diverter is designed with a removable access panel that can be removed using simple tools. This feature is especially beneficial in abrasive applications where frequent interior access is required forwear part maintenance. The removable access panel feature significantly reduces downtime by accelerating the maintenance process.