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Pneumatic and Mechanical Bulk Materials Testing

Vac-U-Max test facility
Vac-U-Max test facility

The Vac-U-Max material test facility incorporates pneumatic and mechanical conveying equipment and automated systems tailored to bulk material characteristics, ensuring proper handling and processing of bulk materials.

With application expertise in the handling of over 10,000 bulk materials including powders, flakes, granules, pellets, fibers, capsules, gel caps, tablets, and various other bulk materials, careful consideration is given in reviewing flow properties, product segregation, pneumatic conveying behavior, particle attrition, and other particle properties like shape, size, and density. The facility simulates customer’s bulk material handling applications, incorporating dense and dilute phases in vacuum and/or pressure conveying for batch, continuous, loss-in-weight, and gain-in-weight applications.  

Located in Belleville, NJ, the test facility offers over 6000 sq ft of available floor space. Tubing runs up to 400 ft and up to 4 in. OD tubing, with conveying rates from 10 to 25,000 lb/hr. Vacuum producers include venturi units, positive displacement vacuum pumps up to 30 HP, and high vacuum pumps up to 29 in. Hg. Private meeting space is included with Wi-Fi access where customers can witness live material tests, or videos can be supplied if unable to attend a material test.   

The fully-equipped test facility includes a full range of receivers and loaders for testing powders and granular non-free flowing bulk materials, with capacities from ¼ cu ft to 36 in. in diameter. Material tests are conducted onsite with Vac-U-Max manufactured equipment including:  

•    loaders & filter receivers for powders, granules, flakes, pellets, fibers, capsules, gel caps, tablets, and other bulk materials
•    bulk bag loading/unloading equipment (liw/giw)
•    flexible screw conveyors
•    aero-mechanical conveyors
•    bag dump stations with bag compactors
•    feed bins & manual bulk conveying wands
•    powder pumps for fluid-like powders
•    positive displacement vacuum pumps/venturi units
•    test bed for various level probe technology evaluation
•    diverter, butterfly, slide gate valves
•    UL-listed control packages
•    full range of industrial vacuum cleaning systems

Additionally, systems testing can incorporate other OEM equipment, such as rotary valves or other components requested by the customer. For more information or to request a material test, visit www.vac-u-max.com or call 800-822-8629.

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