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Effectively drying wet, sticky feed using a rectangular fluid-bed dryer
 
Q: How can we overcome inconsistent drying patterns that result in a wet, sticky feed when using a rectangular fluid-bed dryer?
 
 
imageRecently, a client contacted me about this problem his plant was having with its stationary rectangular fluid-bed dryer. The material bed in the dryer wasn't being uniformly fluidized. Near the dryer's material discharge end the bed was highly fluidized, but at the material inlet end it wasn't fluidized at all. This was causing uneven and inefficient drying, and the client wanted to know how to solve the problem. » Continue
 
 
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Q: How can we properly sanitize our tubular drag conveyor?
 
A: Morgan Bailey, Cablevey Conveyors, says:
 
Each facility develops its own cleaning protocols based on sanitation regulations and their material challenges. There are different methods used to clean and sanitize a tubular drag conveyor depending on what material is being moved. The material's reaction to water… » Continue
 
 
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photoways to avoid moisture-related problems in your dust collection system
 
 
When dealing with a high-moisture airstream in your dust collection system, your goal is to avoid condensation. To keep the airstream moisture in vapor form, you should maintain a sufficient spread between the dry- and wet-bulb temperatures throughout the system. Base your calculations on worst-case ambient… » Continue
 
 
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Dust discharge handling webinar May 7
 
imageRegister today for the Powder and Bulk Engineering webinar "Dust Discharge Handling Options — Things to Consider" that will take place Tuesday, May 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET. Presented by David Renfert, this webinar will feature dust collection system applications and how to get the dust or collected materials to the filtration or separation equipment and properly discharge and transport the dust to storage, a waste disposal function, or the next step in a process. To register today, click here.
 
 
Join us at the PBE Solids Handling Conference — September 18-19
 
imageThe PBE Solids Handling Conference is a regional event with a mix of booths and tabletops that allow attendees to spend more time with powder and bulk suppliers to discuss new equipment and technologies and work to solve powder and dry particulate processing, handling, and packaging concerns. Be sure to join us at our conference held at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ, September 18-19. For full event details, click here.
 
 
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NEMA revises standard for electrical equipment enclosures
 
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) revised NEMA 250-2018 Enclosures for Electrical Equipment (1000 Volts Maximum), a standard that covers enclosures for electrical equipment rated not more than 1,000 volts and intended to be installed and used for nonhazardous (unclassified) locations and hazardous (classified) locations. This edition of the standard includes information on the enclosure types 7 and 9 for hazardous locations as permitted by the National Electrical Code, pressure wash ancillary ratings, a high-pressure power wash test, revisions to enclosure types, and revised outdoor corrosion protection requirements. NEMA, Rosslyn, VA, represents nearly 325 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. To learn more, click here.
 
Worker killed in mixer at New Jersey food manufacturer
 
OSHA has opened an investigation into the death of a worker at the ICCO Cheese factory in Orangeburg, NJ. The worker was found inside a mixing machine on January 15, 2019. The 41-year-old man had been working at the plant for about 18 months, according to the Orangeburg police, who are investigating the incident as an accidental death. OSHA's inspection, which can take up to 6 months, will seek to determine whether the company violated any workplace safety standards. The company manufactures cheese products and bread crumbs. To learn more, click here.
 
 
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