Cleaner conveying at adhesives maker

Jon Lawson

A conveying solution from Spiroflow has provided Chemique Adhesives with a new automated system for batching product.

Chemique Adhesives use powder as a raw material. The powder is normally ‘ripped and tipped’ from sacks and fed into a mixer by an operator from a mezzanine platform. Unable to determine the rate at which raw materials are fed into the mixer, this practice could not only result in inconsistencies with batch running times, but with powder often spilt during loading and the process being messy.

To resolve these issues, Spiroflow introduced a conveyor system to automate the batching process. The system is comprised of a sack tip hopper on the ground floor into which bags of raw materials can be loaded. Connected to a hopper is a model 80 screw conveyor feeding a 75mm (3”) aeromechanical conveyor, elevating the raw materials directly into the mixer. The conveyor system is controlled electrically.

The key benefit of the system is that the loading speed of the raw materials is governed by the conveyor, so batch consistency can always be maintained. From a safety perspective, as raw materials are now loaded on the ground floor, the solution eliminates the need for staff to climb the mezzanine to manually load the mixer. And, with the dust tight conveyor transferring the product into the mixer, the system provides a much more efficient and cleaner workflow.

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