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Powder & Bulk Solids, June 2018

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Special Advertising Section TEST FACILITY PROFILES 39 39 J u n e 2 0 1 8 Forward Thinking. Real Results. National Bulk Equipment, Inc. (NBE) operations cover over 100,000 square feet, including R&D and testing fa- cilities where fully operational, fully integrated bulk dis- charging, filling, mixing, conveyance, product recovery, and automation systems are run at design speeds, us- ing actual materials, in extended duty cycles to ensure reliable, repeatable, accurate in-use performance. Rigorous NBE risk assessment procedures are also implemented to ensure product safety, and to help prevent hazards to those who will operate and maintain the equipment. NBE R&D and testing initiatives are equally directed toward improving human interaction with the equipment by identifying, and designing into each system, improvements in physical ergonomics and equipment access points. National Bulk Equipment, Inc. www.nbe-inc.com New Metal Separation Test Lab The final phase of IMIÕs 18,000 square foot manufactur- ing addition is now complete, with the opening of its Test Lab. The facility was designed to test dry particu- lates in pneumatic dilute phase and gravity feed appli- cation scenarios. It is capable of spiking product with tramp metal for validation testing, to comply with FSMA-schema require- ments. The equipment list includes over 150 iterations of IMIÕs magnets, fans, airlocks, dust collectors, vacuum gauges, diverter valves, slide gates, and a cyclone. Touch screen input and total system control provides calcu- lated visual feedback of velocities, rpms, flow characteristics- all critical to ensuring IMI can build the proper magnet for each application. Industrial Magnetics Inc. www.magnetics.com Test Lab for Screeners, Dryers/Coolers, Mixers/Blenders and Size Reduction Equipment KasonÕs test laboratory can document the performance of: Vibroscreen circular vibratory screeners for sifting, scalping, classifying, dedusting and dewatering; Centri- Sifter centrifugal screeners for sifting, scalping, de-agglomerating, dewater- ing; Vibro-Bed circular fluid bed fluid bed processors for drying, cooling, moisturizing; Cross-Flo static sieves for coarse dry scalping and removing solids from waste streams; horizontal mixers for diverse applications; verti- cal mixers for fragile and heat-sensitive materials; double cone blenders for gentle blending and rapid cleaning; lump breakers for reducing agglomer- ates; cone mills for moist, sticky and fragile products; universal mills for fine grinding; and air classifier mills for controlled temperature and particle sizes. Kason Corporation www.kason.com Innovation Center – Test Facility Customers count on Lorenz for precision quality and industry-best delivery times. They ensure excellence from start to finish, creating conveying components that are second to none. LorenzÕs Innovation Center guarantees that precision quality. Equipment includes the necessary components to continue to test and improve their products. They are testing their products under real world conditions to ensure prod- uct reliability, efficiency, environmental compliance and safety as well as helping their customers run smarter plants that improve production quality, lower operations and maintenance costs plus worker safety. Items that can be tested include air and electrical controls, new metals and alloys, poly- mers, coatings and manufacturing techniques. Lorenz Conveying Products www.lorenzproducts.com Fully Equipped Test Facility Material Transfer, a manufacturer of custom material handling equipment for over 25 years is proud to offer their fully equipped, first-class material testing facility in Allegan, MI. Product testing with customer supplied material allows Material Transfer to make equipment recommendations based on the customersÕ specific application requirements prior to equipment investment. When scheduled in advance, the customer may view the test in person. The test facility includes two patented Material Master bulk bag conditioning systems, three patented Material Master bulk bag discharging systems, a rigid inclined screw feeder, stainless steel lump breaker, and a four-post bulk bag filler. Material Transfer www.materialtransfer.com Manufacturing and Development Support GEMCOÕs state-of-the-art tech center provides manu- facturing and developmental support using GEMCO tumble blenders and dryers. Their ability to reduce cycle times and costs, along with improving product quality is an exclusive service only to GEMCO. Their engineers and chemists have the ability to understand and solve your problems. GEMCOÕs tech center offers laboratory to production size mod- els for processing and testing. GEMCO provides services such as mixing, agglomerating, coating, plating, drying, reactions, extractions, solid stat- ing and more. From plastics, pharmaceuticals, additive manufacturing, metal powders and chemicals, their tech center is here to support and help improve your product and process. GEMCO Inc. www.okgemco.com Complete Testing Laboratory Great Western Manufacturing maintains a complete testing laboratory to evaluate product samples and make equipment recommendations. Materials can be submitted to the testing lab which uses the Great Western Sampl-Sifter to replicate the performance of their full scale horizontal gyratory sifters. Testing will determine how your product handles and what difficulties might be encountered due to particle size distribution, particle shape, bulk density, moisture and oil content, and the possibility of static charge. Great Western Manufacturing Company is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom sifters/screeners. Great Western Mfg. Co., Inc. www.gwmfg.com Test Facility Maximizes Processes VAC-U-MAX test lab offers full scale testing with customers selected bulk materials. VAC-U-MAX process integration and application expertise de- termines the best configuration for both compo- nents and systems, offering expert consulting and component design engineering for hard-to-handle bulk materials. VAC-U-MAX systems incorporate required conveying rates, system design and functionality, pick-up point design, selection of material flow aid devices, and interface recommendations for process equipment both upstream and downstream. VAC-U-MAX system design focuses on dust control particularly where combustible dusts are concerned, reduc- ing material degradation and power consumption while optimizing overall performance. The test facility simulates customerÕs bulk material handling applications, with testing incorporating other OEM equipment. VAC-U-MAX www.vac-u-max.com Material Flow Test Center The Hapman test center simulates material flow through a system, allowing project engineers and the Hapman design team to evaluate material flow through specific conveyors and ancillary equipment. These tests are offered to customers free of charge and are typically performed during the final quoting phase to ensure all necessary components and any necessary flow aids are included as part of the final design scope. Customers can be on-site to witness the test and are provided a full written test report. Hapman www.hapman.com Processing Test Facility The purpose of the Paul O. Abbe testing facility is to evaluate the feasibility and independent vari- ables involved in vacuum drying, size reduction, and solids mixing. Understanding the indepen- dent variables involved in customer processes is key to designing equipment that will not only only provide optimal results, but also provide flexibility for different products, minimizing cross- contamination, and any special requirements. Paul O. Abbe capabilities include the Rota-Cone double cone vacuum dryer with a capacity of 1.1 cu ft, horizontal rotary dryer, and CrossMix direct contact fluidizing dryer. Support equipment includes hot oil circulating and temperature control systems suitable for up of 550¡F, a solvent recovery and vacuum system. Paul O. Abbe www.pauloabbe.com

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