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Influence of Material on the Performance of New Plant Systems

Studies show that start-up systems for material solids typically only hit 40% of stated production rate in the first year. * This is a dramatic figure when considering the wide range of industries which process bulk solids. Food, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, chemical, building materials, minerals processing, and others are challenged by the shear characteristics of the raw materials of the process.

Unlike gaseous and liquid systems where in absence of pressure drops the state of the product conveyed or transported does not fluctuate much. In bulk materials, this is not always the case. Bulk density as an example is not a constant figure. The same material can have varying bulk densities in different stages of production causing flow rates to change, creating the need for processing formulas to be adjusted. Click here to see our extensive bulk density guide, containing over 2,800 materials.

To overcome these challenges, best practices suggests having material tests performed prior to equipment purchase and experience. Relying on an experienced vendor who has tested, and understands the dynamic nature of bulk materials to guide equipment layout and options to avoid pitfalls in expected output. Learn more about our experience in engineering Bulk Material Handling Systems. Contact us today for a material test.

*source: Bell, 2005, Challenges in the Scale-up of Particulate Process – An Industrial Perspective, Powder Technology, 60-71