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For flooring manufacturer Forpac of Haines City, FL, keeping cement powder and calcium carbonate for thin-set flowing from 144-ton silos was proving difficult. Even hammers didn’t help, and the company was losing 7 hours of production time each week. The company called Solimar Pneumatics, which recommended installing disk-type pneumatic fluidizers at the bottom of each silo. The increased production and reduced cleaning time allowed Forpac to justify costs in just one week.
Wisconsin-based Jackson Concrete had been experiencing cold-weather silo backup problems when air pads aerating cement in the company’s silos would wear down and harden due to moisture. The company sought the help of Solimar Pneumatics, which installed silicone disc fluidizers to aerate the two 1,000-barrel silos. The result has been no more backups.
Storage silos might not be top of mind in your operation, but they’re a crucial component for any bulk solids processor, and if they’re ignored, problems can develop. This article explains the importance of regularly inspecting your silo and details how to prepare for an inspection, how to compile the information, how to assess the variables, and how to analyze any concerns.
This article explains how hopper and hopper-to-feeder transition design can help offset material flow problems.
Learn how to choose accumulating equipment that can handle your material, fit your available space, and meet your other requirements to eliminate production slowdowns and improve process efficiency.
Unless a hopper, bin, or silo is properly designed, flow problems such as arching, ratholing, and erratic discharge can occur. Material testing can help avoid those problems. This article summarizes the bulk solids testing that needs to be conducted and offers a series of equations that can be used — along with the test data — to determine how to avoid these flow problems.
A well-maintained storage silo can last upward of 20 years. Part of maintaining that silo involves including it in a general inspection plan.
Any combustible bulk solid — and even some normally non-combustible solids when reduced into small enough particles — can cause an explosion when certain concentrations and conditions occur.
Preventive maintenance and care is the most effective way to ensure the integrity of concrete and steel silos.
Monitoring and measuring bulk solids in piles, bunkers, and warehouses is necessary for many facilities, but there are obstacles that can hinder the accuracy of those measurements.
Particle agglomeration is often desirable because agglomerates have less dust, show improved flowability, and require less volume for storage or transport.
This article aims to explain the language and terminology of supplier silo proposals to help you make a more accurate comparison and informed decision.
Particle size and density differences in a powder mixture can make the material subject to disturbing forces or deforming influences, making segregation inevitable. The goal of this article is to provide a better understanding of bulk solid material segregation and how to minimize it.
A grain supplier/miller added 75,000 cubic feet of storage space in the form of 19 silos to increase milling capacity and expand into new markets.
Regular maintenance, including cleaning, inspection, and repair, can help keep your silo operating efficiently, increase its useable lifespan, and minimize big-ticket repair and cleaning costs.
This article provides tips for selecting an effective bulk solids storage system and avoiding material flow problems resulting from poorly designed storage vessels.
Garner Industries installed three smooth-walled steel silos, which allow customers to buy and store raw materials in bulk and be delivered by truck. This reduced costs and packaging waste for customers, but the company still needed a way to keep track of all that expensive inventory.
Properly storing and discharging material is critical to any bulk solids production process. This article provides solutions to some common bulk solids storage questions.
Poor material flow can be a costly problem for bulk solids processing operations, but replacing equipment to improve flow is expensive.
When selecting a new bulk solids silo, determining your application's requirements in advance can help the supplier provide an efficient, cost-effective design.
This article explains how testing a bulk material's characteristics and analyzing your process conditions can help you prevent arches that stop material flow.
Columnist Ray Cocco discusses particle characteristics that can affect how a bulk solid material flows and the hopper problems that can develop as a result.
A concrete products company in Aruba installs a new cement storage silo to help improve inventory management efficiency.
This article explains how a food manufacturer installed load cells on an existing silo to better-monitor flour inventory.