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Publication Date: 11/1997
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Solving flow problems: How to select a bin retrofit

When material hangs up in your bin or hopper, you can lose more than storage capacity. The problem can affect your entire plant by reducing throughput, causing processing variations, and even halting production. Installing a bin retrofit in the malfunctioning vessel can restore reliable material flow. This article helps you make sense of the many available bin retrofits by providing some background on flow problems and outlining a systematic method for choosing a retrofit.

Unreliable flow from your bin can result from a change in your material's characteristics, incorrectly designing a new bin or misapplying an existing one, or some other unknown factor. You can restore reliable flow and avoid high bin-replacement costs by installing a bin retrofit. But the range of retrofits on the market is almost as large as the variety of flow problems. To simplify your retrofit choice, focus on what's causing your flow problem.

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