Paulden, AZ, USA – A state-of-the-art cement plant has resolved material accumulation issues in its limestone silo by combining high-efficiency cleaning techniques with powerful, strategically-placed air cannons to prevent further build-up. The Drake Cement facility ten miles north of Paulden, AZ was experiencing clogging issues on a weekly basis, forcing maintenance personnel to spend up to 12 hours to clear the blockage using tools and compressed air. During damp weather, the problem worsened, and at times the large structure would fill in as little as two hours, forcing operators to use CO2 blasting tubes every 15 to 30 minutes. Technicians from Martin Engineering were able to clear the blockage on a short-notice visit, and then revised the site’s air cannon system to prevent the issue from recurring.
MARTIN ENGINEERING – GLOBAL LEADER IN INNOVATION
Established in 1944, Martin Engineering is the leading international developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovations to make the handling of bulk materials cleaner, safer and more productive. Martin offers technologies that boost flow, reduce dust and spillage, extend component life and reduce downtime, resulting in improved operating environments and increased profitability.
The DUSTFIX® Dust Conditioner was developed to condition industrial dust in an economical manner, considerably simplifying handling and disposal operations. Innovative SINTTM engineering polymer components make the DUSTFIX® Conditioner suitable for continuous duty. In a particularly short mixing time, throughput rates ranging from 20 to 80 m³/h are achieved.
The RWN Rotary Feeders by TOREX® are designed for controlled discharge and feeding of pellets or wood chips from silos, hoppers or similar containers. The excellent cutting performance by the Hardox® rotor and feed rates of 2, 5, 10 and 20 litres per revolution, in combination with the available speeds of 20 and 30 revolutions per minute, make the RWN the ideal rotary feeder for use in solids combustion plants.
The MLH Laboratory Mixer is an extremely efficient, versatile mixer that finds its application in a number of fields thanks to its outstanding price-performance ratio. The MLH is used in both private and university research laboratories, as well as in testing facilities of various industries and service providers.
PLASTIROL from the Dutch town of Sliedrecht is a manufacturer of plastic foil produced in large rolls. For their raw materials, which are recycled from production waste, in the past they used bulk bags. This usually caused many storage, handling, discharge and replacement issues in their internal logistics system. The move towards larger storage silos linked to a vast duct network became mandatory.
São Paulo, Brazil – A global leader in bulk materials handling has used innovative air cannon technology to help the world’s largest orange juice producer mitigate material buildup caused by the super-heated silica flowing from the company’s thermal generator.
Neponset, IL, USA – A world leader in conveyor belt cleaning solutions has introduced a secondary cleaning system that removes nearly all of the carryback left on a belt, including adhesive materials and fines lodged in surface divots and valleys. The Martin® WashboxTM Cleaning System combines water spray and secondary cleaning blades in an enclosed and self-contained unit, draining residue safely away from the work area. Operators who have installed the system have drastically reduced dust and spillage from carryback, leading to a safer workplace and longer belt life with considerably less downtime.
Control Concepts, Inc. is pleased to introduce the second installment in their video web series, “Ask The Airsweep Guy”. Episode two, “Preventative Maintenance (Part 1): Solenoid Valves”, is available for viewing now and focuses on the importance of PM for components within a pneumatic flow aid system such as Airsweep® Material Flow System. This new segment provides step-by-step instructions for servicing two common sizes of solenoid-operated, pulse-type diaphragm valves
Neponset, IL, USA – A global leader in bulk material handling technology has announced the introduction of its new Pin LatchTM Secondary Belt Cleaner, a tungsten carbide-tipped secondary cleaner that slides in and out for service without requiring any tools. The design from Martin Engineering features a square, tabbed mainframe with segmented blades connected by a simple pin mechanism, allowing easy access and quick blade replacement by semi-skilled personnel.