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Feeder Material Flow Aid

August 9, 2010
K-TronThe ActiFlow Smart bulk solids activator is a method to prevent bridging and rat-holing of cohesive bulk materials in stainless steel hoppers without internal hopper agitation. The pharmaceutical ActiFlow design is a non-product contact device, consisting of a patent-pending vibratory drive and intelligent control unit, designed specifically to work with the company’s pharmaceutical line of gravimetric loss-in-weight feeders. In applications involving difficult flowing materials, ActiFlow eliminates the need for mechanical agitators with secondary motors and gearboxes, as well as the need for flexible side wall agitation devices or aeration pads. The patent-pending self-tuning algorithm implemented in the K-Tron Control Module (KCM) monitors the system continuously adjusting the frequency and amplitude of the ActiFlow to maintain flow within the hopper. In this manner, bridges and rat-holes are prevented before they can form.
K-Tron Process Group/K-Tron Feeders, Pitman, NJ 856-256-3265 www.ktronprocessgroup.com