SHAPA are the UK's leading specialist association for the solids handling and processing industry

All our members are established specialists within their fields, and have the experience and commercial standing to provide quality, cost-effective solutions for all aspects of mechanisation for bulk materials handling and storage, conveyors, dust collection and control, instrumentation, mixers, big bag handling, sampling systems, sieves, valves and weighing systems and equipment.

Ducting and Ductwork

Ducting is used for the gravity discharge of materials from silos and hoppers, often directing it into process or packing machines, road tankers, open trucks or bulk bags. It is also used for large volume air, gas or fume movements associated with Dust Extraction, Air Filtration, Ventilation and Fume Extraction. For the latter application, given the propensity for air and dust mixtures to be explosive, specialist knowledge, awareness and compliance with COSHH, LEV and DSEAR/ATEX are essential. Thin-walled rigid tubing and flexible tubing are also used in the construction of positive and negative pressure pneumatic conveying systems. Correct selection according to line pressure and abrasiveness of the materials conveyed is critical.

Flexible and metal ducting

Flexible hose, industrial hoses

Clipped ducting systems

Industrial hoses and connectors

Metal ducting


Flexible ducting and connectors


Ducting systems come in many forms. Very popular and easy to install is ‘clipped’ ductwork which, as the name implies, simply clips together. Thus complex systems can quickly be generated from a wide range of ex-stock, standard components, including diverter, shut-off and rotary valves when used to deliver dry bulk solids. These components are available in a variety of diameters, metal gauges, metal types and finishes to meet the demands of all applications. Where the application calls for greater security and integrity, then more permanent ducting that is bolted or welded together is available. All ductwork suppliers offer design and installation services. Many offer equipment and services that monitor and control what happens within the ductwork system, such as flame detection and quenching, and also what happens at the exit of the system, such as fume gas monitoring.
The range of sizes, construction, materials and capabilities of industrial hoses are as varied as their applications. They are used for pneumatic conveying, both positive pressure and vacuum. Flexible tubes facilitate tortuous routing. In addition, many plastic and rubber compounds can offer superior wear resistance to metal tubes - especially at bends.

Flexible tubing is used in the manufacture of peristaltic pumps which are an alternative means of pumping fluidised dry bulk solids along a pipeline. This is a specialist area and tube manufacturers are best able to give advice on the correct selection of tubing for powder pumping applications.



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10th Anniversary Digital Marketing Workshop

Details of the 10th annual digital marketing workshop have been released, download the flyer for the event here and a booking form to make sure you do not miss out on this vital workshop which will give you the tools to improve your digital marketing profile

Health of the Nation

The need for solid health and safety systems procedures and practices is more important than ever as we move out of the European and customs union into World Trade Organisation rules for the global market read more here....

Only three weeks left to enter the 2018 Solids Handling industry awards - dont miss out

Learning to succeed

Many companies are founded on the back of an innovative idea by forward thinking people skilled in design, engineering, project management, marketing or other discipline. Whilst still small, the skills required to operate all aspects may possibly be gained by the founder. In former, less complicated times this may have been true as the firm expanded, but the pace of change of technology, standards and legislation as well as in marketing and particularly in financial accounting necessitates constant learning and improvement. The huge range of applications and processes served by our industry just adds to this challenge.....

Shapa's Arkwright Student posts her second Blog

Reaching the end of a very busy Christmas term, we have lots to look back on, such as assisting backstage with the school play and Christmas concert, as well as designing and manufacturing the F1 in Schools Car....

SHAPA January Meeting

The next General meeting will be held on the 24th January at the George Hotel in Lichfield starting at 10:00
Find out about OEE and GDPR, along with all the usual networking oppertunities.
for more details email Ian at and download the agenda

Applications are invited for the 2018 Solids Handling Industry awards

Shapa has launched the 2018 Solids Handling Industry awards, these awards are now open to all UK registered member and non member companies and institutions operating in the Solids Handling and Processing Industry. Application forms will be  available direct from the website from 01/12/2017 and winners will be announced and presented at the awards ceremony in the evening of 17th April 2018 more information is available in the link

2018 Solids Handling Industry Awards

Details of the award catagories and award launch date have been announced, for further information follow the link

Solids Dortmund 2018

Details have been released regarding the international Solids Handling show to be held in Dortmund on the 7th and 8th November 2018, for more information please follow the  link

CHoPS 2018

**Abstracts deadline extended to 22-12-17 ** for more information follow the link

Financial Awarness Training

This course has been especially designed for Shapa members and will include content specifically related to our industry

Who should attend ?
Anyone involved in driving their business forward e.g Managing Directors, Directors/Managers & Account Managers etc , whatever their level of financial knowledge. The workshop is designed to enable everyone to take away practical tips and strategic insight suitable to their skills and experience, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced. So join us for and inspiring and enjoyable day out.

Download the detailed information and a booking form,today

If you can return these back to  as soon as possible so I can make the necessary arrangements and  if you feel that this course would help with someone in your close supply chain please feel free to include them.