Solids handling specialist Ajax Equipment will produce powder handling equipment as part of a work package for the advanced manufacturing initiative ‘Project Chariot’. The £18m project is developing innovative processes for the production of super fine powders for the global supply chain.
As a partner in Project Chariot, Ajax is collaborating with Proctor and Gamble, the Centre for Process Innovation, and the universities of Birmingham, Durham, Leeds, and Cranfield to develop a novel particle system for fine particles, based on the company’s continuous screw mixing technology.
Ajax will supply the Centre for Process Innovation with several screw feeders and continuous mixers, as well as a screw elevator. The equipment allows for complete flexibility in arrangement, giving researchers the opportunity to use the layout best suited to their study. Initially one of the continuous mixers, which can be converted to batch production when required, will be utilized by the University of Leeds. All the mixers have easy clean features with adjustable flights, providing the ideal helix angle for the material under test. New feed in points for the ability to input liquor are also part of the research.
“Project Chariot has enabled Ajax to establish partnerships with leading organizations, as well as the chance to enhance our knowledge of handling super fine powders,” said Ajax Equipment director, Mark Waters. “The learning from the research will deepen our knowledge, allowing us to better meet our customers’ needs and provide opportunities for future sales”.
The three-year project is partly funded by the government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, which aims to help existing UK supply chains grow and achieve world class standards, while encouraging and retaining quality manufacturing in the UK.
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