Material flow simulation is in increasing need of multi-scale models. On the one hand, macroscopic flow models are used for large-scale simulations with a large number of parts. On the other hand, microscopic models are needed to describe the details of the production process. In this paper, we present a hierarchy of models for material flow problems ranging from detailed microscopic, discrete element method type, models to macroscopic models using scalar conservation laws with non-local interaction terms. Numerical simulations are presented at all levels of the hierarchy, and the results are compared to each other for several test cases.