Screw Conveyor Handles Inclined Elevation of Sludge Concentrate

September 20, 2016

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Screw Conveyor Handles Inclined Elevation of Sludge Concentrate
Van Beek screw conveyor for transporting sludge concentrate

For its new wastewater treatment plant, mushroom processor Prochamp was looking for a way of conveying sludge concentrate to a container at an angle of 40 degrees. The company’s regular screw conveyor supplier was not able to guarantee that a screw conveyor could do this. Van Beek accepted this challenge with both hands.

"We do in fact have a lot of experience with similar situations in previous projects," said Peter Verhoeven, Van Beek sales engineer.

"It was our first project with Van Beek," said Gerard Verhoeven, project manager at Prochamp. But Van Beek was an old acquaintance of his. Verhoeven had in fact done at internship with Van Beek in the past. "I therefore knew very well what I could expect and it therefore came as no surprise that our cooperation was excellent. The screws are now in operation and our problem has been solved. It all looks good and is working as we expected."

About Prochamp
All over the world retailers, caterers, and the food industry use Prochamp canned mushrooms. The company has the whole production chain in house, from the preparation of compost to mushroom growing and marketing canned mushrooms. This is all done in and around Velddriel.

Because of the rising demand Prochamp decided to extend the plant and to build a new wastewater treatment plant. When treating this wastewater a lot of sludge is produced. A decanter centrifuge splits the sludge into sludge concentrate and waste water, after which the sludge concentrate ends up in a container.

"The building that now houses the treatment plant has little space for transport from the decanter to the container. We were involved in thinking about the concept and design," said Peter Verhoeven.

A working group from different companies looked at how they could best solve this. "Another screw constructor dropped out because the screw would have to elevate the sludge concentrate at an angle,” said Peter Verhoeven. “That company could not guarantee this would work, but our experience led me to believe this was possible.

"Such cases always involve a customized solution. Because of experience in the past you know what is or is not possible. I then look back to previous similar projects and check whether we had problems here. It is also important that you ask the end user the right questions, so you are not faced with any surprises. Sometimes we conclude that we cannot in fact help, but that was certainly not the case here."

The improved process
A system set-up with three screw conveyors now carries the sludge concentrate to the container. A horizontal screw collects the sludge concentrate and carries it to an inclined screw conveyor that conveys it upwards. The concentrate disappears into the container via a horizontal screw downstream. Finally trucks take away the containers of sludge concentrate.

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