Solids handling equipment specialist Ajax Equipment announced that it has supplied Thomas Swan, a leading manufacturer of performance and specialty chemicals, with a large capacity ATEX-rated agitated screw feeder for handling an active ingredient used in the production of personal healthcare products.
“The Ajax agitated screw feeder was installed as part of a significant plant upgrade project. This is an impressive piece of equipment and performs exactly as designed. When it came to selecting equipment for handling this non free-flowing solid, Ajax was my go-to,” said Andrew McNally, Senior Engineering Manager at Thomas Swan. “Ajax has provided me with similar solids handling equipment previously and the equipment they provide is well designed, robust and most importantly always ensures the material flows.”
The large stainless-steel agitated feeder combines a large holding volume vessel with a twin bladed agitator, which features special profile to help maintain material flow condition, agitate the batch and sweep it towards the integral Lynflow ribbon flighted screw feeder offset below. The agitated screw feeder processes up to two batches of material from a centrifuge over an extended period, ensuring the powder is in the correct condition before quickly and effectively discharging it into a downstream dryer.
“The agitated screw feeder made for Thomas Swan is a very substantial unit and up there with some of the largest Ajax has supplied over the years,” said Eddie McGee, managing director, Ajax Equipment. “Ajax’s agitated screw feeders are individually designed to suit each customer’s specific applications – whether that’s different batch holding capacities, discharge rate needs or variability in flow condition of the material to be handled.”