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Inside the Bulk Solids Innovation Center - Installation and Introduction

Last month, Powder & Bulk Solids toured the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center located in Salina, KS.

As part of the open house in June, Kansas State University provided a walking tour map along with a detailed list of materials and equipment provided to the center. More than 25 companies donated more than $2.5 million in equipment and time and materials in order to make the Innovation Center a reality. Below and in the next few pages you will find a more detailed list of what equipment is available at the center, what rooms and facilities are available, and a list of the many companies that worked on this project, which is expected to combine education and industry to further research and understanding in the bulk solids field.

Click here to for an inside look of the full scale test lab at the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center.

Installation  

Supplier

Purpose

Airlanco

Installation of dust collector and ducting

Ferco Rental

Crane, operators, and rigging for erection of silo

Stanion Wholesale Electric Co.

Wire, conduit, racks, electrical supplies

Construction Rental

Rental of lifts and fork trucks

Barr-Thorp Electric/Turck

Wire and cable connectors

Marmon/Keystone

Compressed air piping

Bobcat of Salina

Bobcat rental

Hawk Installation & Coperion K-Tron

Mechanical and electrical installation for everything except silo and dust collector

Rockwell Automation & Turck

Ethernet communication blocks. Instead of individual wires running from each device to the control PLC, an Ethernet loop is used to communicate all signals, so only one 24VDC power cable and one Ethernet cable is required. Future expansion will be easy since new devices can be plugged into the existing loop.

SMC

Filter regulators that provide clean and pressure regulated air to equipment

Festo Corp.

Pneumatic automation controls, air prep, and proportional valves for control of air flow

Endress + Hauser

Signal transmitters. Instruments sense pressure and flow velocity data, and send that information to the control system.

CST Industries Silo installation and foundation

Information provided by Coperion K-Tron and Kansas State University.

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