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20-03-2017

Best Practice for Bulk Handling Plant Design and Operation

Design of Equipment for Storing and Discharging Bulk Materials Design of Equipment for Storing and Discharging Bulk Materials 25 - 26 April 2017; Chatham, Kent Hoppers, silos, bins and bunkers are widely used in industry for storing bulk solids materials. To ensure regular discharge from these storage systems, it is important to understand the flow characteristics of the materials being handled, and to ensure that the bins have been designed accordingly. This 2 day course has been developed with specification writers and equipment designers/suppliers in mind. Practical and ’hands-on’ exercises will feature in the course structure. Subjects Covered Minimising project risk through characterisation of bulk materials; How to characterise bulk materials using firmly established  methods and the latest test equipment; How to use shear cell measurements to design for reliable discharge; Detail design for storage equipment; Best Practice for bulk handling plant design and operation; When should discharge aids be applied
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17-03-2017

Current-limiting devices:

Strengthening the weakest SCCR link Research indicates that more than half of OEMs design their machines to a typical minimum equipment SCCR of 5kA. However, with the new NEC code, valid after January 2017, it is possible that many equipment installations will not be code compliant or approved. Suppliers such as Eaton, with major operating footprints in North American and IEC markets, are fully aware of global regulation updates. This white paper explores the standards and best practices for determining equipment SCCR and the approved methods to increase ratings. With an appreciation of best practices, OEMs can build equipment with enhanced safety and reliability, designed for a larger range of available fault currents, and this in turn ensures they can better support their end user customers.
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17-03-2017

Power Xpert Release (PXR) platform

Eaton’s Next Generation Trip Unit Makes It Easy to Test Circuit Breakers Eaton has launched its next generation trip unit for the global market – the Power Xpert Release (PXR) platform – which enables engineers to test and configure circuit breakers from a PC via a USB port. It is integrated into the power management company’s IZMX air circuit breakers. As a result, it is easier for users to interact with the trip unit and store test data, thereby improving control and maintenance regimes. High current circuit breakers – for example those used in high power distribution systems in industry – are configured and periodically tested by end users to ensure they continue to work reliably in the case of over-currents, and therefore prevent expensive downtime. This new unit allows technicians to simulate short circuits and overloads using Eaton’s Power Xpert Protection Manager (PXPM) software tool, which can be downloaded at no charge. “The unit has been developed in response to user demand for an easy-to-use system. Previously test data
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15-03-2017

EHEDG magnetic filter with CIP cleaning

Magnetic filter meets the highest food safety standard The EHEDG magnetic filter recently introduced by Goudsmit Magnetics is specially designed for the food industry. This hygienic filter is suitable for CIP systems: the magnet can be magnetically operated, without the need to open the filter housing for cleaning. The filter is constructed of Neodymium magnets that provide more effective separation of very small ferrous particles as small as 15µm, weakly magnetic particles and even iron dust from sticky substances such as chocolate, pastes, powders and fruit juices. The magnet has a maximum flux density of 11,300 gauss at the bar and removes the specified particles from both liquid and powdered products. The entire system is made of grade 316 stainless steel, is smoothly finished (Ra≤0.4ųm) and is EHEDG certified. Cip cleaning Cleaning of the magnet occurs automatically. When production is stopped the magnet can be ’blown’ out of the product flow so the flushing cycle can carry away the captured ferritic
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15-03-2017

Flex Tube Diverter Reduces Cross Contamination for Recipes

Vortex Flex Tube Diverter Valve Handling Chili Powder When this national company was considering a new blending and mixing station, much of the emphasis for the project was placed on increasing output with additional production efficiency. Previously, the company had experienced issues with valves and diverters within an old system. The diverters caused cross-contamination among the product recipes and the slide gates leaked to atmosphere. In both cases, the expensive chili powder had to be trashed. Chili powder leaking to atmosphere creates an airborne health hazard (eyes and skin) and also a “slippery floor” safety hazard for company employees. The new system incorporated a Vortex flex tube diverter to eliminate product cross-contamination and Vortex roller gates to shut off and seal material at the bottom of dry blenders and mixers. Production was impressed with the performance of the Vortex valves as well as the maintenance friendly features each one has to offer. “These valves truly seal our material.”
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14-03-2017

Engineering to maximise performance

With testing facilities world-wide Gericke has the opportunity to begin the engineering phase by conducting a wide variety of in depth analytical tests. This helps in identifying the customer’s product characteristics to eliminate any risks, create solutions and supply the customer with the required equipment for the factories optimal performance. One of our specific tests that we conduct is on powder degradation, which determines the necessary conditions of the installation to minimise product damage. We analyse this by measuring product size and characteristics at the beginning of testing, transporting the powder (to replicate the intended process) and then concluding with replicating the beginning tests to analyse the differences. 3D Modeling is also an important phase to enable us to maximise the performance of our installations. Our experienced engineers begin by building the complete offered installation within a 3D model replica of the customer’s environment,
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08-03-2017

Durably identify pipes in any facility anywhere

Finding the best pipe marker material for your sites all over the world can be a time consuming task. Brady offers Indoor, Outdoor and Outdoor+ pipe markers in any colour standard that can identify pipes in any factory anywhere in the world. Reduce accidents, increase efficiency Clearly visible and legible pipe markers that indicate pipe contents and flow direction can increase efficiency for maintenance crews in finding the pipes that need servicing and the valves they need to shut down. Next to increasing efficiency, pipe markers help to avoid accidents by warning employees, contractors and first responders for dangerous pipe contents. Durably identify pipes anywhere Pipe markers reduce workplace accidents and increase efficiency as long as they stay attached and remain legible. Based on testing in our in-house laboratories, using standardised test methods, we offer Indoor, Outdoor and Outdoor+ pipe markers for maximum durability and reliability in any context: Indoor:
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02-03-2017

Smartflex ductinghose suitable for EX zones

Smartflex is a clear transparent polyurethane ductinghose especially suitable for wood and pellets processing industry, where flame retardent and anti-static hoses are required more and more. The Smartflex is the solution for this application and moreover, it is hydrolysis and microbe resistant and therefor can be used in moist or wet surroundings. The special mixture of raw materials makes the Smartflex permanently anti-static, and it meets the requiremenst of ATEX 2014/34/EC (spiral must be earthed). Therefor the hose can be used in ATEX zones where it prevents the risk of ignition due to electrostatic discharge. The Smartflex is available with wall thicknesses from 0,7 mm, 1,0 mm en 1,4 mm. The Smartflex is not suitable for foodstuff.
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02-03-2017

Gericke celebrates 120 year anniversary

Over 120 years of Industry Knowledge Dating back to the summer of 1894 is when the family run company Gericke was first set up. At that time, flour milling was among the first industries to incorporate automatic handling systems for bulk solids. Operations such as cleaning, conveying, storing, discharging, feeding, grinding, mixing, separating, de-dusting and bagging were already being developed. With the emerging influence of the third Gericke family, the company established a strong development of philosophy for expansion and growth. Now over 120 years on the company is still going strong under the 4th generation management of Mr Markus Gericke. Gericke started with just one location in the industrial district of Zurich and has now expanded world-wide by establishing subsidiaries in key countries which currently employs over 260 committed employees. People are the company’s greatest asset and hold a key position in all future development plans. With the delegation of responsibility and
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02-03-2017

Concetti introduces MAP bagging equipment

The shelf life of animal feed and pet food can be significantly extended Concetti, Bastia Umbra, Italy, has introduced Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), to their fully automatic bagging systems, but in an interesting and innovative way. This is designed to help dry pet food and animal feed producers offer the best quality of product and improve profitability. This technology dramatically extends the shelf life of animal feed and pet food, and preserves taste and freshness in each bag. The Concetti company, a manufacturer of high quality packaging machinery, has just tested a fully automatic “IGF 1200” with a double feeding system, designed for gusseted open mouth paper bags with inner PE liner, from 4 to 20 kg. The MAP application designed by Concetti consists of the replacement of air with a single gas, like nitrogen or a mixture of gases, during the entire filling process, not only in the package itself. Then, while still under a blanket of nitrogen, a device closes and seals the bags tightly. By replacing the breathable atmosphere
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16-02-2017

Weigh feeder for standard applications

Multi useable weigh feeder Jesma has developed the JesBelt Mini to a higher level in cooperation with some customers. The enclosed weigh feeder is now avalaible with (automatical) layer control system, stainless steel version and FDA approved belt.
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14-02-2017

Vortex Slide Gate Engineered for Aqua Feed

Conveying a fragile product in a lean/dilute phase Pneumatically conveying open water fish feed is never an easy task. Product breakage must remain minimal to ensure the feed floats or sinks at specific rates. There is also an added complexity of highly variable fatty oil content, ingredients, and bulk density amongst the different blends. In 2008, Vortex collaborated with an international aqua feed manufacturer to develop a slide gate that would deliver fish feed pellets directly into a lean/dilute phase pneumatic conveying line. The success of the original slide gate design led to further cooperation on an additional aqua feed project in 2012. Many of the design parameters were similar to the previous installation, but with more specific considerations:  * Minimize material breakage by eliminating ledges through the inlet,  * Seal the pneumatic conveying pressure in the lines below the valve to prevent a pressure drop in the system,  * Handle the wide range of product variation,  *

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