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Powder & Bulk Solids, March 2014

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PowderBulkSolids.com main_head main_head main_head body body body Vol. 32, No. 3 T h e S o u r c e f o r D r y P r o c e s s i n g a n d B u l k H a n d l i n g Te c h n o l o g y Official Publication of PowderShow.com • IN THIS ISSUE M A R C H 2 01 4 Predicting Mixing of Bulk Solids Mixing of bulk solids is a critical opera- tion in many manufacturing processes. One commonly encountered problem is a blender's poor performance caused either by a variation of the powder material properties or operating conditions. Read more on page 6 Selecting the Right Blender Mixing is a critical unit operation. There are dozens of blenders and many vendors that claim they can mix powder materi- als. However, which blender is the best choice for your material? Read more on page 12 Bags, Bagging, & Packaging American-Newlong's EC-201 robotic pal- letizer has a payload capacity of 440 lb and a palletizing capacity of 1600 cycles/ hr. The EC-201 palletizes bags, cases, pails, etc., and has four axes for maxi- mum flexibility. Read more on page 16 Product Conditioner The product conditioner is ideal for de- lumping and de-agglomerating product prior to mixing. It has easy-to-remove screens and hinged side doors for easy cleaning. Other features include: 304 SS, sanitary construction; 12-in-diam, triple bar agitator; U-shaped product conditioner trough; remov- able screens; easily removable, perforated "screen" and frame assembly; hinged access doors to facilitate cleaning; direct-drive gear motor; inverter-duty, high-efficiency TEFC motor. Options include a hand add station and E-stop push button station. The screens are available in a variety of sizes depending on your product. Eirich Machines Inc., Gurnee, IL 847-336-2444 www.americanprocesssystems.com Automated Clamp Rail System This patented hydraulically-operated opening and closing system for screen boxes is a fast, safe way to change out screen media, and can reduce change out time on three decks from 8-12 to 3-5 hours or less. With the push of a button, clamp rails on all or selected decks will hydraulically open. Once replacement media is in place, clamp rails automatically close simultane- ously, while applying and maintaining just the right amount of tension evenly on all decks. This impacts operation in four ways: increases production time; improves safety; reduces premature breakage and out-of-spec product with proper, even tensioned screens; achieves greater product flexibility with the simplicity of changing screen media so quickly. Smico Manufacturing, Valley Brook, OK 405-946-1461 www.smico.com Key Features That Make a Mixer Easier to Clean Read more on page 24 ES390522_PB1403_001.pgs 02.20.2014 01:24 UBM black yellow magenta cyan

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