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Techniques for Dust Management during Loadout

  • June 27, 2018

Inu00a0dry bulk solid material handling operations, workers can be exposed to a plethora of hazards if proper precautionary measures are not taken to create a safe, dust-free environment.u00a0 Learn on Health & Safety, Environmental issues, Vortex Loading Solutions etc.

Techniques for Dust Management During Loadout
Loading Spout
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Things to Consider When Diverting or Converging in Dilute Phase

  • April 30, 2018

Dilute phase conveying is described as u201clow pressure, high velocityu201d material movement. Oppositely, dense phase conveying is characterized as u201chigh pressure, low velocityu201d material movement.

If material characteristics and application parameters permit, dilute phase conveying is often preferred because it can be more energy efficient and can improve process efficiencies by conveying materials at higher rates of speed. However, many considerations must be made when designing a dilute phase pneumatic conveying process.

This article will address just a few of the many considerations that must be made before selecting valves to divert or converge dry materials in dilute phase.

Things to Consider When Diverting or Converging in Dilute Phase
Dilute phase conveying
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Vortex Pivoting Chute Diverter Lets You u201cShift on the Flyu201d

  • February 21, 2018

When theu00a0need arises to divert dry bulk material during gravity flow situations, one normally considers a typical flapper style diverter for the application. In applications where the sealing of non-abrasive, fine material is involved, the flapper is a perfect choice. There are applications and material handlingu00a0 situations, however, where a different style diverteru00a0 might offer distinct advantages over a flapper. The Vortex Pivoting Chute Diverter embodies those advantages.

Vortex Pivoting Chute Diverter Lets You “Shift on the Fly”
Pivoting Chute Diverter
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Orifice Gate vs. Roller Gate: Whatu2019s the Difference?

  • January 30, 2018

Since their conception decades ago, the Vortexu00ae Orifice Gateu2122 and the Vortexu00ae Roller Gateu2122 have been two of Vortexu2019s most popular solutions for handling dry bulk solid materials. By their simplest definitions, both the Orifice Gate and the Roller Gate are slide gates. However, the application benefits for each gate can be quite different.

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nSafeguard Technologies for Dry Bulk Material Handling

  • January 5, 2018

When designing a system for dry bulk material handling, it is important to consider all possible scenarios a slide gate may face during its life cycle u2013 and equip it to appropriately handle those obstacles as they arise. For this reason and as a safety precaution, it is beneficial for a slide gate to be equipped with both a fail-safe air tank and a vented ball valve.

Safeguard Technologies for Dry Bulk Material Handling
Vented Ball Valves

Nut Butter Manufacturer Modernizes Plant Operations

Food Engineering

  • Jun 1, 2017

The complete material handling system provided by Coperion K-Tron includes several pneumatic transfer lines for various stages of the peanut butter process. First, raw peanuts are vacuum conveyed direct to a peanut roaster. After the peanuts are roasted, a second line transfers them under vacuum to the blancher. Once the peanuts are blanched, they are then vacuum conveyed to yet another line. There, they are metered via a Coperion K-Tron weigh belt feeder to a screw conveyor, and both sugar and salt are added to the nuts via Coperion K-Tron loss-in-weight feeders


Defining Feeder Accuracy For Continuous Processing

Processing Magazine

  • May 15, 2017

Continuous processing is a manufacturing practice that has been used in the plastics, chemical and food industries for decades. Although primarily used for liquid processing, the innovations made in dry powder feeder technologies have enabled the use of continuous dry ingredient feeding for a variety of applications.


Optimize Feeding to Make More Money in Twin-Screw Compounding

Plastics Technology

  • April 1, 2017

Every business want to increase profits. Companies can deploy many strategies to do so that can fall across various areas of the business, such as reducing inventory, negotiating lower prices from suppliers, or increasing marketing efforts, to name a few. When it comes to operations, the capital equipment is often already in place and is therefore a sunk cost. Increasing profitatbility in this case is usually depends on maximizing productivity of these assets. For twin-screw extrusion processes, this is most easily achieved by increasing throughput rate, thereby spreading operation costs over a greater amount of product produced in the same unit of time.