Choosing suitable storage equipment
There are many excellent publications expounding the theories of powder technology, but a main concern of the bulk powder user is the proper integration of the various pieces of equipment used to comprise a complete storage system. Broadly speaking, a storage system can be divided into three parts: [a] the transport of the powder from the supplier to the consumer, [b] the acceptance of the material and its storage; and [c] the transfer of material from storage to process. This article discusses factors you must consider when choosing equipment for the second part of the system -- material acceptance and its storage.
Many factors can affect the selection of suitable equipment for the reception and storage of bulk powders. It is impossible to list these factors in order of importance, because their order will vary according to the type of material you handle and the circumstances in which the material will be used. The following are merely comments on factors that can affect your selection of suitable storage equipment.