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Dust collection: Reducing production downtime and cutting operating costs
 
Q: Our plant has been experiencing unexpected dust accumulation. What recommendations can you make to help us identify the problem?
 
 
imageSometimes, dust collection systems don't work well. Situations I've encountered include systems that don't reduce the airborne dust that personnel are exposed to, and systems that are constant maintenance problems. Even if a dust collection system is properly designed and engineered, problems can still occur because of management decisions, maintenance issues, or technical problems. This column covers how to correct certain dust collection system issues by describing several cases that show what happened to cause problems, and the corrective actions taken to solve those problems. This can help you reduce production downtime, cut operating costs, and, hopefully, do it right the next time.

PREVIEW the article that will appear in the May issue of Powder and Bulk Engineering magazine.
 
 
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Q: How can I speed up my blower without reducing my conveying rate?
 
A: Eric Maynard, Jenike & Johanson, says:
 
imageWith pneumatic conveying, a common misconception is that a dilute-phase conveying system's capacity can be increased by increasing the airflow rate. The total pressure drop in a system is the sum of the pressure drop incurred from the solids and the air (or other gas) moving through the conveying line and filter. » Continue
 
 
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phototips for effective agitated vacuum drying
 
Shawn Hearn, B&P Littleford
 
Effective drying is often a crucial step in many processing operations. In addition to its obvious importance in developing an attractive and useable product, drying is frequently used to facilitate material handling, reduce shipping costs, increase process equipment capacity, and optimize product preservation during shipment and storage. » Continue
 
 
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Don't miss the dust discharge handling webinar May 7
 
imageRegister today for the PBE 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 discuss dust collection system applications and how to get the dust or collected materials to the filtration or separation equipment. The webinar will also cover how to properly discharge and transport the dust to storage, a waste disposal function, or the next step in a process. To register today, click here.
 
 
Register today for the PBE Solids Handling Conference — September 18-19
 
imageDo you have questions about how to design a pneumatic conveying system? Join Jack Hilbert at his educational conference session, which will include several sizing examples and where you can participate in designing a basic pneumatic conveying system. Receive top instruction from experts in the industry with training sessions and exclusive presentations on dust collection, explosion protection, bulk bag and drum filling design, and other topics at the PBE Solids Handling Conference held at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ, September 18-19. For full event details, click here.
 
 
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AZO releases bulk bag unloader guide for engineers and executives
 
AZO has released Selecting the Best Bulk Bag Unloader for Your Business, a free, downloadable guide. The 14-page guide is written for engineers, operations professionals, and executives to assist them in making an informed decision when selecting a bulk bag unloader. With a US location in Memphis, TN, the company supplies material handling equipment for the bulk solids industry. To learn more and download the guide, click here.
 
Wm. W. Meyer opens repair center in Minnesota
 
Wm. W. Meyer & Sons has opened a 7,000-square-foot service and repair facility in Minneapolis, MN, to service all makes and brands of rotary airlock valves, including Meyer, Smoot, Mac, and Barber Greene brands. The location will specialize in repairing rotary airlock valves with USDA and sanitary designs to match the company's repair capabilities at its Illinois-based plant. The new location will also offer same-day shipments on newly stocked asphalt valves, remanufactured airlocks, and pure rebuilds to extend warrantable life. The company, Libertyville, IL, supplies dry bulk material processing equipment, pneumatic conveyors, dust collectors, and vacuum collection systems. To learn more, click here.
 
 
Continuing Education
 
Process Safety Boot Camp course April 23-26 at the Pan American Life Center in New Orleans, LA.
 
The Art and Science of Industrial Mixing course May 14-16 at the Hilton Garden Inn – Chicago O'Hare airport in Chicago, IL.
 
Atomization and Spray Technology: Focus on Spray Drying course May 23 at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI.
 
Pneumatic Conveying — Dilute-Phase System Design webinar presented by Powder and Bulk Engineering June 4 at noon ET.
 
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Dust collection: Reducing production downtime and cutting operating costs
 
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