Manufacturers today have so much more input to consider when handling chemical powders than just material’s properties, and the desired convey rate and distance. Challenges they are faced with now include tighter margins, learner operations, shorter lead times, and greater environmental concerns. On top of this, the most important is maintaining plant and worker safety. To be successful in the conveyance of bulk chemical powders, there are top equipment designs to consider.
“Being that dust is the number one issue chemical processors face, it is definitely a top equipment design to consider – and for good reason. Dust is threatening to both the plant and the safety of the worker. Obviously explosions are a concern with ignition rom electrostatic discharge, friction, hot surfaces, or open flame”, notes Hapman Product Manager, Steve Grant.
There are many different conveying options to move chemical powder safely while eliminating dust. One for moving material En-Masse is the tubular drag conveyor. The reason is that the components come into contact with a smaller percentage of material compared to other types of conveying methods, which means it is less likely to create dust.
When you handle bags in your operation, dust collectors and dust collection systems are a very effective way to mitigate dusting issues, and minimize plant and worker exposure. Systems can be configured to filter material down to 1 micron, and can also include a glove box design which gives workers access to the substance without exposure, further assuring protection from hazardous materials.
When handling bulk chemical powders in your operation, it is important to consider the design of the equipment and materials used in their construction. Example questions to ask are: Does the process require sanitation or wash down? Is the chemical powder is corrosive or reactive in any way with the equipment that is handling it? And is the powder abrasive? There are many different equipment options to meet sanitation standards, as well design and construction options to reduce wear from abrasive materials. Hapman’s dust collector is a prime example of equipment that can handle all sorts of materials whether they are abrasive chemicals, and/or need to be washed down and sanitized.
To reduce training for the equipment, but to allow the operator to effectively and safely run the equipment, it is important to have machinery that is intuitive and employ safeguards. This will not only reduce training time, as mentioned, but it will also reduce errors which can cost money due to wasted materials or operator injury.
Another way to create ease of operation is with Hapman’s dust collector with integrated, pre-wired controls with push button power and adjustable pulse control timer.
Learn how Hapman can design your perfect piece of equipment for bulk chemicals powders.