Ajax Equipment has supplied a leading pharmaceuticals producer with a stainless steel mobile feeder that includes a hopper and cantilevered screw feeder.
The ATEX Zone 1/21 compliant feeder receives pharmaceutical powder from tipped drums and then discharges to a central outlet under gravity flow.
Ajax conducted powder testing onsite in Ireland to examine how flow could be improved from the existing solids handling system. When taken with the site’s space restraints the tests indicated that flow could be best improved by a steep vee-shaped long slot hopper with a screw feeder assisting extraction over the length of the outlet. The powder flow is then focused by the auger’s left- and right-handed flights towards the central outlet.
The feeder sits on an adjustable mobile frame allowing the handling system’s height to be set onsite and moved for ease of maintenance.
“Ajax has a long history of designing and manufacturing pharmaceutical standard handling equipment,” said Eddie McGee, managing director, Ajax Equipment. “For the same producer, Ajax recently supplied a fully passivated mobile loading hopper and transition chute.”