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Storage Focus - November 09

October 30, 2009

Custom Dimension Plastic Bulk Containers
Universal Package Systems offers custom dimension, cut, and weld plastic bulk containers. The company uses standard size plastic bulk bins to build new containers with widths ranging from 12 to 48 in., and virtually any length or height. Unlike off-the-shelf containers, these containers can also incorporate drop doors, open walls, and solid walls on any or all sides of the containers, in any combination. The units allow customers to match the container size to their part sizes perfectly, eliminating wasted space that may occur inside a standard size container. They also optimize warehouse space usage and transport costs, and can be stacked, stored, and shipped, just like standard size containers. All cut and weld containers come with a one-year warranty.
Universal Package Systems, Dale, IN 866-875-9918 www.universalpackage.com

Mechanical Silo Unloader
The patented arch breaker features a vertical spindle fitted with flexible blades to ensure the mechanical discharge of dry solid materials from silos, rigid bins, or hoppers, while preventing the bulk material from jamming, bridging, compacting, or ratholing caused by vibration or fluidization. The unit not only gently and efficiently discharges dry solids, but integrates one, two, three, or four precise volumetric screw feeders. Each screw feeder is totally independent and can feed up to 15,000 lb/hr with different length and throughput variations.
Sodimate Inc., Chicago, IL 773-665-8800 www.sodimate-inc.com

V-Shaped Agitator Hopper
This V-shaped agitator hopper is designed to provide a steep material feed angle to induce flow of process materials that are non-free-flowing. The hopper is constructed with a 60-degree wall slope. Material is fed into the solid core auger trough that runs the entire length of the hopper. Heavy gauge hopper and framework construction easily processes batch weights up to 2800 lb or 80 cu ft.
NBE, Holland, MI 616-399-2220 www.nbe-inc.com

Flexible Silos
This range of flexible silos provides quick, efficient, and safe storing of bulk solids and ingredients in most industries. Unlike steel or aluminum silos, these flexible silos are made of a robust, durable, yet flexible, polyester fabric supported on a steel frame. The silos can store up to 7000 cu ft of dry bulk material and support weights up to 90,000 lb. The silos are manufactured like a custom-made suit in terms of shape, size, and the type of polyester fabric selected. These are adapted to suit each customer’s specific requirements in terms of space available, exact product specifications, and how the product should be discharged.
Spiroflow Systems, Charlotte, NC 704-291-9595 www.spiroflowsystems.com

Custom-Engineered Bulk Storage and Reclaim Systems
These custom-engineered systems store and reclaim materials with special handling requirements such as wood chips, sawdust, flour, shavings, and hogged bark. Applications include storage systems for wood-for-energy as well as wood-for-process. Laidig engineers, constructs, and services its bulk storage and reclaim systems that include silos, silo reclaimers, and underpile reclaimers.
Laidig Systems Inc., Mishawaka, IN 574-256-0204 www.laidig.com

Circular Bin Discharger
The FloMaster circular bin discharger is a compact and totally enclosed positive discharge aid for hoppers and silos where the material to be handled has characteristics that make it difficult to discharge or control. A rotating arch breaker arm travels around the hopper bottom section of the silo breaking any bridge of material that may have formed. This ensures a flow of material to the discharger is supplied to the single-, twin-, or three-stage units suiting the characteristics of the material to be handled and the throughputs required. Fabricated in mild steel, the FloMaster is designed to handle a wide variety of materials ranging from cocoa to wood flour. Capacities up to 200 tn/hr are achievable with the two standard bin sizes of 32 and 40 in. in diameter.
Schenck Process, Whitewater, WI 800-558-0184 www.accuratefeeders.com

Tank Dispensers
These dry ingredient tank dispensers are manufactured from rotationally molded polyethylene that provides superior performance to steel or stainless steel for high density/high molecular weight powders. They have a liquid-smooth interior that, combined with the dispenser’s geometry, provides excellent flow characteristics. Polyethylene tank dispensers are durable and remain sweat-free when temperatures fluctuate. Sizes range from 3.5 to 110 cu ft. For high-density powder applications, tank dispensers have a highly uniform wall thickness of 5/8 in. with 1-in. material at the bottom discharge for larger sizes and capacities. Units manufactured from Teflon, polycarbonate, or alloy polyethylene are also available.
Ingredient Masters, Cincinnati, OH 513-231-7432 www.ingredientmasters.com