In August 2014, Malteurop’s conveyor system was installed in a
24-hour window skipping just three batches of malted barley.
Start-up at the end of this 24-hour construction window was
critical because barley had to be transferred out of the kilns from
a malting process that was started seven days beforehand. Dust
collection and access platforms have been installed between
batches with the final aspects of construction this past fall. Since
installation, Malteurop reports that breakage of barley is noticeably reduced because of the
new belt conveyor which will help
expedite the payback of the new
Malteurop expects to be well
on its way to many years until
their next shutdown and Krech
Ojard’s belief in the benefit and
effectiveness of 3D facility scanning
continues to grow.
ABOUT KRECH OJARD &
Krech Ojard & Associates, Inc. is a
progressive firm offering
professional, high quality
engineering and architectural
design services for private clients,
commercial, industrial, and
municipal agencies. Based in the
United States and working globally,
Krech Ojard professionals work in
intermodal, mining, pipeline,
manufacturing, agriculture, and bulk
material storage and transload
related to taconite, coal, minerals,
grain and food products, and pulp.
TIVAR® 88-2 Polymer Liners for improving the flow of FGD gypsum
Flue Gas Desulphurization gypsum (FGD gypsum) is a bulk material capable of developing a negative angle of repose. FGD gypsum can be characterized as an extremely cohesive bulk material that can adhere to vertical surfaces, building-up on small ledges, box corners, shallow angle plate work and minor surface protrusions or interruptions.
As a result of its cohesive strength FDG can plug-off transfer points and chutes within seconds, making the conveyance of this bulk material extremely challenging. The geometric construction of transfer chutes and hoppers that convey FGD gypsum is an important element of effective design.
Geometry that incorporates shallow wall angles, box corners, valley angles, square and rectangular shapes with high friction surfaces materials is a major contributor to issues such as plugging, bridging, arching and loss flow.
TIVAR® 88-2 liners are excellent choice for addressing the flow problems associated with conveying FGD gypsum. TIVAR® 88-2 liners offer a low coefficient of friction non-stick surface which significantly reduces the ability of FGD gypsum to stick and build-up on the interior surfaces of hoppers, flop gates, diverters, transfer housings, chutes, belt cleaners, and return idlers.
By taking advantage of the flexibility of TIVAR® 88-2 liners Lawrence Industries offers pre- fabricated liner kits, fabricated drop-in inserts or complete polymer chutes and hoppers. These design options serve to improve the reliable flow and discharge of FGD gypsum by using round and radius surfaces with welded seams and minimal surfaces penetrations.
Lawrence Industries, Inc. has been in business for thirteen years providing solutions for a variety of industries. Headquartered in Fort Wayne Indiana its staff has over 30 years of bulk material handling experience. The company is a privately
held company that believes in working with each customer to
provide the best solution possible based on application specific
needs. Lawrence Industries, Inc. is focused on providing
solutions to problems associated with bulk material flow, wear
and corrosion. Its solutions include a variety of material
technologies offered in products, fabricated parts, machined
parts, lining systems and installation services.
Phoenix expands terminal lighting expertise to form Phoenix Terminal Solutions
Phoenix Products Company Inc. has built a solid reputation with its durable lighting solutions for bulk handling equipment.
Phoenix introduced LED technology to the industry in 2011. In collaboration with customers, the company remains at the forefront of LED fixture design and has optimized lighting at countless terminals worldwide. In response to the industry’s desire to integrate cutting-edge technologies while simplifying sales channels, Phoenix is introducing a new company - Phoenix Terminal Solutions.
Phoenix Terminal Solutions is the industry’s first and only global sales agency exclusively serving container, intermodal and bulk terminals. It represents a select number of trusted brands that all share a common goal - offering modern technologies that deliver safety, operational and environmental benefits to terminals.
Phoenix Terminal Solution’s global sales network enables the immediate service and response that terminals require while streamlining the sales and procurement channel to deliver maximum value to customers.
In addition to providing Phoenix’s LED options for equipment, Phoenix Terminal Solutions offers premium Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) fixtures designed by Bright Light Systems. Just as LED technology has become the standard for terminal equipment, LEP fixtures have proven to be ideal for tower, yard, warehouse and area lighting.
The two lighting companies share similar ideals and objectives. “We are pleased to be working with our new partners at Phoenix Terminal Solutions,” said Brad Lurie, President and CEO of Bright Light Systems. “Our experience and success with LEP high-mast lighting in port and bulk terminal applications is a perfect fit. Together we can offer customers enhanced lighting choices and the latest technology. Both BLS and Phoenix Lighting have demonstrated a track record of quality and innovation. Our combined strength will address market demands and be beneficial for all parties.”
Phoenix Terminal Solutions isn’t stopping with lighting
options. It has teamed up with LASE — a major supplier for laser measurement systems. LASE has led the industry with their anti-collision systems and bulk volume measurement systems for stackers, reclaimers, shiploaders and GSU systems. Lars Ambrosy, CEO of the Germany-based manufacturer says, “We are gladly looking forward to our new partnership with Phoenix Terminal Solutions. LASE strengthens its presence by this partnership in the North and Central American regions. Phoenix stands for quality as well as high-value products and services, which also reflects the philosophy of LASE.” Phoenix Terminal Solutions aims to build on the recent LASE bulk terminal successes with heap volume measurement systems and automated solutions for wagon car tipplers.
Terminals worldwide should expect to feel immediate benefits of this company. Marc Desmons, Manager of Engineering Services for Terminal Investment Limited (TiL) expresses his excitement for the offering from Phoenix Terminal Solutions. “TIL is very happy to learn that Phoenix is now present in the yard lighting technology and has now become a complete container terminal lighting system supplier. Phoenix is TiL’s preferred and only LED supplier for our container handling equipment and can now offer complete solutions.”
Phoenix Terminal Solutions has promised more than industry leading products.The new sales structure enables a new level of service:
- Engineering support and customized solutions, including illumination calculations and laser based system solutions
- A global sales team to deliver an immediate response
- Collaboration directly with terminals as well as the world’s largest terminal operators at the headquarter level
- A broad network of service partners to support local markets Scott Fredrick, CEO of Phoenix, looks to the future with enthusiasm. “We are pleased to offer terminal operators such a unique option.The synergy of these industry leaders will provide unmatched expertise, service and results.”
Engineering solutions for powder & bulk solids handling
Established in 1966, Jenike & Johanson is an international technology company for bulk solids handling, processing and storage.
KEY SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Pre-engineering & engineering
- Bulk material (powder & bulk solids) flow testing v Custom process and flow test equipment
- Discrete element modelling of particle flows
- Physical modelling of processes
- Structural engineering
- Consulting and root cause investigations
- Training on solids flow and pneumatic transport
PROBLEMS SOLVED IN EXISTING FACILITIES AND AVOIDED IN NEW FACILITIES INCLUDE:
- No, poor, or erratic flow from bins, reclaim hoppers, and silos
- Pluggages in chutes (ex. wet ores, concentrates, coals, limestone, bauxite)
- Limited flow rate, flooding, and dusting of fine powders (ex. dry ore concentrates, coals, fertilizer, cement, alumina, chemicals, agricultural)
- Unstable bulk cargoes
- Particle breakage and segregation in products (for example, grains, coals, fertilizers, chemicals) that are size sensitive in terms of quality and price
- Premature wear of material contact surfaces
v Solids handling equipment failure investigations
Jenike & Johanson has extensive laboratory facilities located
around the world for characterizing the flow properties of bulk
solids under representative environmental conditions.
Skilled engineers provide detailed structural and mechanical
design of solids handling equipment, and routinely design
stockpile and gravity reclaim systems, silos, feeders, loading and
transfer chutes, blending systems, and custom equipment (e.g.,
purge/drying/conditioning vessels, large slide gates, etc.).
Jenike & Johanson can also manufacture and supply custom
equipment, from small one-of-a-kind items to complete systems, providing a complete solution with single source responsibility and a performance warranty.
WHY CHOOSE JENIKE & JOHANSON
Bulk solids handling problems are often the
major cause of costly downtime and demurrage
charges for many facilities, especially during
startup. These same flow problems continue
plaguing on-going operations by limiting
throughput, impacting product quality, and
creating safety and health risks, as well as
reducing equipment life, increasing maintenance
costs and causing premature equipment failure.
To address these costly problems, Jenike &
Johanson has developed proven ways to design
handling equipment to promote the smooth, unrestricted flow of bulk solids safely and reliably. Jenike &
Johanson doesn’t guess at material properties, they measure
them. For nearly 50 years, Jenike & Johanson has focused on
developing first principle theories on bulk solids flow and
conveying behaviour. Its research focuses on providing its
customers with tools for solving real world bulk solids handling
The company’s engineers’ practical experience is also critical
to project success. They combine test results and real world
project experience, which yields the best solution in terms of
reliability and cost-effectiveness.
Every step of their work is centred on a bulk material’s
handling characteristics, whether it involves testing, engineering,
detailed design or equipment supply. This proven sound
approach continually produces outstanding results for the
A next-level spiral
A synthetic polymer producer was looking for unique technology that could work in its new production line. This line was going to run custom polymers and compounds. What was needed was one unit that could handle various materials and production rates.
In addition, the customer previously had a competitor’s brute force spiral and was familiar with basic brute force technology, but unfamiliar with the capabilities of General Kinematics’ (GK) Two-Mass design.
GK worked with the customer to help educate them on the advantages of two-mass drive technology. Two-Mass would enable closer interface with adjacent transfer equipment, thus reducing overall height requirements by eliminating the transient response associated with brute force drive technology. This spiral would therefore meet the low head room requirements needed in the new production line. Secondly, GK’s Variable Force (VF) wheel technology would allow for instantaneous stroke adjustment from maximum to near zero without changing the motor speed, eliminating the requirements for plug stops or DC brakes. Without such devices, brute force drives produce very pronounced transient displacements during starting and stopping. Interface clearances, and resulting
overall height, with brute force drives must
be increased significantly to avoid contact
with adjacent equipment during a power loss
General Kinematics was chosen to supply a
vibratory spiral conveyor incorporating a
‘Multi-Stage Process Air Supply’ for the new
production line. This unique GK capability
enables the customer to rapidly adjust
process air flow and temperature at each
spiral process stage to optimize production
conditions for the multiple polymer
formulations to be produced. The GK two-
mass natural frequency variable force feature
enables quick adjustments in conveying rates
for optimization of bed depth and residence
time in the process stages. Also, the GK
Two-Mass natural frequency technology
minimizes the motor starting torque demand
resulting in much lower motor power
Controls, incorporated as an integral part
of the spiral operations, alert operators of
upset conditions where significant adhesion
of the polymer being produced may abruptly
occur.The controls automatically maintain
the set point peak to peak displacement
while issuing a warning to operators to alert
them of sticking of the polymer to the spiral
flight.This upset notification allows time for
the operators to address polymer sticking
while the spiral remains in operation at the
set point conditions. Once the issue is
addressed, the controls reset and operation continues under normal satisfactory conditions.
Installed Spring 2015, the GK vibratory spiral conveyor has lived
up to the customer’s expectations. The two-mass drive, in
combination with the advanced control system, offers significant
process control improvement over the previous brute force
spiral. The maintenance department was thrilled to learn that
bearing L10 life is typically several hundred thousand hours,
extending bearing life considerably. All lubrication is grease,
remotely applied during operation, eliminating the maintenance
associated with static oil splash. They are putting this to the test
ABOUT GENERAL KINEMATICS
General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was
established to market, design, and custom fabricate innovative
vibratory material handling and processing equipment. Today the
company is one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory
processing equipment, holding hundreds of worldwide patents,
and acknowledged as a major contributor to the technical
advancement of vibrating equipment design and application.
Over 50,000 General Kinematics units have been installed in
virtually all of the world’s industrialized countries.