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Weighing and Batching System

August 25, 2009

This dry bulk material weighing and batching system reduced total batch processing time by over 60% while improving ingredient feed volume accuracy and reducing material waste. The fully-automatic batching operation conveys 2000-lb-capacity totes through a series of four material feed stations. Each fill station is supplied material by four bulk storage hoppers or four bulk bag dischargers. An RFID label on each tote informs the system of the proper fill station sequence for that tote. The label also informs the system of which ingredient recipe to dispense into the tote at each fill station. Gain-in-weight floor scales at each station ensure accurate material supply and initiate the tote-advance signal. Loss-in-weight sensors on the bulk bag dischargers ensure accurate, station-specific batch material supply. Level sensors in the bulk storage hoppers maintain sufficient base material supply sourced from external bulk material silos.
National Bulk Equipment Inc., Holland, MI 616-399-2220 www.nbe-inc.com