Automated batching for improved product quality and processing efficiency — Part II
This two-part article explains how an automated batching system can overcome the inaccuracy, limited output, and other problems associated with manual batching operations. Part I (September) explained how automated gain-in-weight and loss-in-weight batching systems work, how they are applied, and what to consider when selecting a system for your application. Part II (October) concludes the article with information on selecting conveyors for an automated batching system, integrating the system with your plant equipment and controls, and promoting flow of difficult materials in the system; two automated batching system case histories are also included.
Choosing conveyors for your automated batching system is a complex topic that could easily be the subject of an entire article. Sometimes, your batching system requirements will influence or even dictate which conveyors you choose for the system. In other cases, your existing conveyors or preference for a particular conveyor type will govern your choice. Here are a few rules of thumb for selecting conveyors for your automated batching system.