Moving powders, pelletized materials, or granular bulk materials to processes from bulk bags, bag dump stations, silos, feed bins, hoppers, totes, supersacks or other sources is done very efficiently and economically with aero-mechanical conveying systems. Depending on the application and bulk materials conveyed, this conveying method provides solutions by crossing the traditional boundaries in providing the best of both worlds in dense or dilute conveying for total dust-free bulk material transfer. Continue reading Aero-Conveying – A Hybrid of Pneumatic and Mechanical Conveying for Bulk Material Handling
Milan, Italy – Martin Engineering, a global supplier of bulk materials handling equipment, has launched its successful Mr Blade conveyor belt optimization program in Italy’s construction materials sector. Mr Blade is a direct-to-site service to maintain and replace belt-cleaner blades – accurately specified, custom-fitted and regularly monitored. Continue reading Martin Engineering: Pioneering Conveyor belt optimization program launched in Italy
An ailing economy has forced users of conveyor belting to find ways in which to extend the life of the belt. This can be achieved, but only if the conveyor system is well maintained and operated within original design parameters. In the recent past, a significantly aged belt was replaced by a new belt, thus virtually eliminating the risk of failure. Now, however, taking into account the cost of belting and the lack of capital in many companies, every last bit of life is squeezed out of a belt. Due to these factors it has become quite a common practice to replace only severely damaged portions of belt. Continue reading Why new Splices fail – Splice Failures resulting from Rubber Compound Incompatibility
Roermond, Netherlands – The determination of the quality of purchased or produced goods is depending on the way a representative sample is taken and the preparation of this sample. In-line sampling is crucial to monitor and control the production process. Incorrect taken samples or samples processed in an incorrect way will lead to false analyses, resulting in goods being approved (false positive) or declined (false negative) wrongly. Continue reading Laarmann: ‘Lean’ Sample Preparation – Saving Money with your own Sample Preparation
Sonthofen, Germany – Indexing belt filters from BHS-Sonthofen enable the bypass dust accruing during clinker manufacturing to be completely reincorporated into the process by using up to 100 percent of more cost-effective alternative fuels in cement kilns. Reincorporation of the salvaged bypass dust increases cement production by up to 3%. Proof is provided by a new plant having a 20,000 t annual capacity that the method works reliably on a commercial scale. Continue reading BHS-Sonthofen: Bypass Dust in Cement Manufacturing – Reduce Energy Costs by utilizing Bypass Dust
This case study investigates the factors behind the ignition of a combustible dust cloud during a manual powder processing operation. In this example a process operator was tasked with manually tipping approximately 18 kg (40 lbs) of powder from a plastic drum, constructed from polyethylene, into a metal process vessel. The plastic drum contained a combustible powder that had a minimum ignition energy of 12 milli-joules. A metal chime was positioned around the circumference of the top of the plastic drum to provide it with impact protection from daily usage in the plant. Continue reading Newson Gale: Static Electricity Hazards – Dust Cloud Ignition caused by Static Electricity
Conveyor belts are required to handle an extremely diverse range of demands from wear, tear and impact damage right through to ozone and ultra violet radiation. With those demands comes an almost bewildering range of test methods and quality standards applied to each nindividual demand. In this special feature, conveyor belt consultant Leslie David explains who sets the standards and defines the test methods as well as some enlightening insights as to what to avoid and what to insist upon when choosing conveyor belts for specific tasks.
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Neponset (IL), United States – Martin Engineering, global manufacturer of high-quality electric vibrators for improved bulk material flow, has helped a fleet of dump trucks improve material evacuation and efficiency with longer lasting and more reliable industrial vibrators to ensure that each load is delivered completely and safely.
Lincoln (NE), United States – Rotaries are a common point level indicator used for high-, mid- and low-level material detection in bins, tanks, and silos. BinMaster‘s standard and fail-safe rotaries can be fit with a wide assortment of paddles and mounting plates, extensions and process connections, ensuring BinMaster has the right rotary to meet your needs. Continue reading BinMaster: Rotary Point Level Indicator
Sarasota (FL), United States – What is worse than wasted effort? Economical losses and decreased productivity. Moisture measurement is a crucial aspect in manufacturing from the initial process to the end-product stage. Product quality and consistency are forefront with MoistTech in the development of the IR3000 sensor to accurately provide moisture and coating measurements throughout the process, yielding a consistent product quality from lab to line that immediately reduces down-time, wasted energy and product loss. Continue reading Moisture Measurement & Control yields immediate Results: Consistent Product Quality from Lab to Line