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  • Perhaps the Feeder Is Causing Your Flow Problems

    July 6, 2016

    As a consultant to the bulk solids handling industry for so many years, I have provided solutions to many solids handling problems. Typically, the problems range from arching or bridging, ratholing, flooding, or erratic flow. Much of the time these problems are caused by improper bin or silo design...

  • Schenck Process Names New CFO

    June 29, 2016

    Eric Jaschke has taken over the position of chief financial officer (CFO) in the Schenck Process Group. Jaschke will preside over the Schenck Process Group’s global financial organization, working closely with Andreas Evertz, president and chief executive officer (CEO). Jaschke has...

  • New Volumetric Feeders Feature Slowly Rotating Horizontal Agitator

    June 16, 2016

    Designed with circular flat bottom feed chambers, the models 170-1-2 and 170-2-2 volumetric feeders feature a specially configured, slowly rotating horizontal agitator (operating at a constant or variable speed) to ensure that the feeder’s two variable speed metering augers are completely...

  • J-Tec Material Handling Builds Greenfield Compounding Installation

    May 16, 2016

    In September 2014, J-Tec Material Handling officially signed a contract with Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc., to build a $30 million installation for advanced thermoplastic compounds. The plant is built on Asahi’s newest site in Limestone County, Athens, AL. Prior to this...

  • Coperion Delivers Compounding Plants to BASF in South Korea

    May 11, 2016

    In the past decade, Coperion GmbH in Stuttgart has delivered, installed, and launched several compounding plants for BASF to manufacture engineering plastics. For a new compounding plant in South Korea, BASF relied once again on Coperion’s expertise. In September of 2015, the plant was handed...

  • How to Design a Loss-in-Weight Feeder

    April 26, 2016

    A loss-in-weight feeder is the state of the art today for providing gravimetric (weighing) feeding of a bulk solid. In previous articles I discussed volumetric feeding, which relies on a certain volume/unit time (cu ft/hr or cu m/hr) to maintain feed rate accuracy. To increase discharge rate,...

  • Totally Enclosed Vibrating Feeder

    March 31, 2016

    This totally enclosed vibrating feeder with high trough sides and bolt-on covers eliminates the need for a static skirt with flexible connector seal. By eliminating the static skirt and flexible seal, the totally enclosed design of the feeder eliminates downtime and maintenance associated with the...

  • Electronic Pressure Compensation at the Powder Show

    March 29, 2016

    Coperion K-Tron will display the new Electronic Pressure Compensation (EPC) system for its high-accuracy loss-in-weight feeders at the upcoming Powder Show. The main advantages of the new system include improved accuracy and reliability, as well as lower initial cost and easier installation...

  • Loss-in-Weight Screw Feeders: Screw Trough Agitation and Screw Alternatives

    March 28, 2016

    Many loss-in-weight feeders incorporate a screw as the feed device due to its wide feed range capability. Each selected feed device has a range of available screws with different diameters and pitches. Each feeder manufacturer provides a range of models capable of providing feed rates over the...

  • PEBCO Appoints Finke President and COO

    March 24, 2016

    Anna Bain Ladt Slater, Chairman of PEBCO Inc., announced the appointment of David L. Finke to the position of president and chief operating officer of the Paducah, KY-based company. Finke has a 27-year history with PEBCO, serving in various roles in sales, international sales, engineering...