Equipment for pneumatic conveying and powder handling systems

Pneu Powders Systems are able to design, customize and supply all major types of equipment used in pneumatic conveying and powder handling systems. This is part of our total system approach, and we offer the following:

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    Unloading systems

    Big bag and bulk bag unloading systems

    Systems for unloading big/bulk bag greatly increase operator safety and significantly reduce labor. Pneu Powders Systems understand that designing and sourcing the best-fit big/bulk bag unloading system for a specific powder handling project is a specialized service. This is because there is a large variety of big/bulk bags used and the materials supplied with these bags. Our vast experience in powder handling system systems integration gives us an enhanced ability to deliver the best fit solution required. Our systems have a strong focus on safe bag handling and dust management, with many options to best fit a wide range of budgets and capacities including:

    • Hoist or forklift truck loading
    • Single trip or multi trip
    • Lined and unlined bags
    • Earthing to manage static electricity

    We deliver solutions for big/bulk bag unloading of demanding products such as:

    • Abrasive materials like sand
    • Sticky and claggy materials such as titanium dioxide
    • Dangerous materials like sodium cyanide and glycophosphate

    We also cover situations that require a high level of hygiene and sanitation, such as those common in the food, dairy and pharmaceutical industries.

    Big/bulk bag unloading systems used in the powder handling and pneumatic conveying industry

    Small bag tipping and dumping systems

    Pneu Powders Systems offer small bag tipping and dumping systems that empty small bags (up to 25 kg) of granules and powders in a safe, efficient and dust-free manner. They are a cost-effective addition that increases operator safety, improves plant environment and reduces labor cost.

    Our range of small bag tipping and dumping systems include options such as dust extraction and the compaction of empty bags. They are offered in standard sizes, however can be easily custom designed to suit specific sized hoppers and other particular requirements. We are able to help you plan how to:

    • Best manage dust
    • Dispose of the resulting empty bags
    • Convey the material to the next process

    This allows us to deliver cost-effective small bag tipping and dumping solutions that will best fit your needs.

    Small bag tipping & dumping systems used in the powder handling and pneumatic conveying industry

    Auto debagging systems

    We design and fit custom auto debagging solutions that cover a broad range of bags, are simple to operate, and are highly reliable. Our auto debagging systems are cost-effective additions to processing plants, as they:

    • Greatly reduce plant labor and overheads
    • Improve production rates
    • Minimize downtime

    Our heavy duty debagger efficiently separates the bag from the material with minimal product carry-over. The system can debag from 100 to 600 bags per hour. The debagging rate depends on the product and the bag construction.

    Our auto debagging systems generally work by feeding bags into an in-feed chute. The bags then slide along the chute into a series of rotating blades. These blades slit the bags prior to them entering a rotating trommel screen, which is a perforated tube that tumbles the slit bag to separate the product from the bag. The product drops through the perforations into a feed hopper while the waste bag moves along the tube towards a compactor for disposal.

    Auto debagging systems used in the powder handling and pneumatic conveying industry

    Bulk tanker and truck unloading systems

    Processing of granules and powders in a production plant begins with these materials needing to be efficiently and reliably unloaded to be made ready for processing. Pneu Powders Systems custom design and supply bulk tanker and truck unloading systems to best fit the needs of any processing plant.

    We ensure bulk granules and powders are efficiently transported from bulk tankers and truck into storage silos using pneumatic conveying integrated with blowers or vacuums. Similarly, we able to provide systems to load bulk tankers and trucks from storage silos with loading spouts integrated with a number of other components.

    Sea bulk liner unloading systems

    In general, sea bulk liner unloading systems are sophisticated and involve the use of complex equipment. They can be fitted with tilting platforms, filters, hoppers, fans and other options to maximise the efficiency, quality and consistency of the product transfer.

    We utilise two types of methods when it comes to granular and powder handling from shipping containers like sea bulk liners. One method involves the design and manufacture of custom bulk containers. The other method involves utilising standard sea bulk liners. Both method involve using a mechanism that tips the container. However the fluidisation to allow the granules or powder to flow maybe generated from a range of mechanical or aeration techniques. The exact technique used depends on the product and required transfer rate.

    ISO container and truck loading & unloading systems used in the powder handling and pneumatic conveying industry

    Bulk storage systems

    Storage silos

    A safe, reliable and accessible indoor or outdoor storage silo system is crucial to any powder handling plant. These storage structures are designed to contain a variety of dry bulk materials, including:

    • Cereals
    • Chemicals
    • Dairy powders
    • Flour
    • Mineral
    • Mixtures
    • Plastics
    • Salt
    • Starch
    • Sugar

    Pneu Powders Systems offer a variety of storage silos that meet a wide range of requirements and also offer additional features such as pressure, vacuum and explosion relief systems and skirt or leg supports. We can build custom storage silos to best-fit any specific situation involving material and plant in:

    • Mild steel
    • Stainless steel
    • Lightweight aluminium

    Mild steel silos can be epoxy coated in food grade paint. They are durable, heavy duty and cost-effective solutions suitable for most products. Stainless steel silos are a high durability, heavy duty and rust-proof solution suitable for most products. Lightweight aluminium silos are durable, lightweight, larger capacity and rust-proof solutions, best suited to plastic products.

    Flexible silos

    Flexible silos are for indoor use and are made from a light-weight galvanized frame and Trevira fabric. Trevira is made of non-toxic fibres and is extremely durable and tough. The fabric is dust proof but permeable to the air, to avoid any product agglomeration that may result from condensation. Flexible silos are portable and easily assembled and suitable for most powder and granules indoor storage, especially in food processing plants.

    Storage silos used in the powder handling and pneumatic conveying industry

    Pneumatic conveying systems

    Pneu Powders Systems has a comprehensive range of pneumatic conveying systems on offer to cover your granular or powder transfer requirements. Lean vacuum pneumatic conveying is best suited when light product is needed to be transported over short distances.

    When heavy products are involved, pressure dense phase pneumatic conveying will likely be the ideal solution. Whatever the situation, we will be able to design the best solution for the situation. Learn more about the types of pneumatic conveying.

    Weighing and batching systems

    In powder handling and pneumatic conveying systems it is essential to be able to weigh, meter and batch materials, large or small, to create a consistent final product. Applications such as soup mixing, baking recipes, pharmaceutical supplements and confectionery all require a weighing and batching system to ensure their product is of the same quality every production. Pneu Powders Systems offers a wide range of equipment that can suit systems from as small as micro ingredient systems with minuscule doses to 20‑tonne flour silos that meter out materials by the tonne.

    Our systems include the following basic features:

    • Micro, minor and major dosing systems for materials
    • Sanitary, dust-free and safe
    • Fast fill or slow trickle filling with optional self-tuning
    • Automated top-up systems
    • High accuracy load cells and weight control functions
    • Continuous weighing systems

    Our weighing and batching systems use innovative control panels and recipe management. They include SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) or HMI (Human Machine Interface) and are used for inventory control, reporting and process visualization. These interfaces can be integrated with a management information system for monitoring and process optimization.

    Weighing and batching systems used in the powder handling and pneumatic conveying industry

    Blending and mixing systems

    Mixing in the powder handling industry generally involves forcefully combining granules and powders with large quantities of liquids to form a homogeneous material. The mixture then becomes a liquid, or semi-solids such as a cream, dough or paste. Blending involves combining granules and powders in a gentle manner, making the material inseparable but not necessarily homogeneous. It can involve combining solids with solids, or solids with small amounts of liquid. Examples of blends are making cake mixes or colouring expanded cereals.

    Blending and mixing systems are tailored to specific process requirements and may be either a continuous or batch process. Most powder handling projects utilize the batch approach as this:

    • Ensures better control over quality, batch size and make-up
    • Minimizes risk of contamination of completed and stored batches
    • Simple and accurate minors addition

    Pneu Powders Systems deliver blending and mixing solutions such as high speed, low or high shear mixers, in line blending, energy-efficient mixing and much more.

    Blending & mixing systems used in the powder handling and pneumatic conveying industry

    Packing and bagging systems

    Pneu Powder Systems are able to integrate packing and bagging systems to a new of existing production line. We ensure compliance with local standards and climate conditions with all our packaging and bagging equipment. We offer a comprehensive range of industrial packing and bagging equipment that can meet the specific needs of any production end-of-line process.

    There is equipment that handles product on from bagging to load securing and includes components such as stretch wrappers, case packers and palletisers. We are able to provide a best-fit solution for any given project, budget and granular or powder related product that is being manufactured.

    Control automation and SCADA systems

    Control automation and SCADA systems are a vital part of any pneumatic conveying and powder handling projects. Our experience and ability to interpret, design and supply electrical and electronic control panels is an important part of our total system approach to these projects.

    We design electrical circuit diagrams for programmable logic controllers (PLC I/O), instrumentation, motors and control panels. Our standard panels include the following:

    • IP55 floor standing stainless steel enclosure with finishing epoxy powder coating
    • Earth fault relay or earth leakage relay (live protection)
    • Electrical power meter (in KWs)
    • Form-2B motor starter compartment
    • Three phase (AC380V-AC41V5) or single phase (AC200V-AC240V)
    • Proper arrangement of terminal block for all equipment on the circuit
    • Electrical wiring circuit diagram
    • Rigorous factory acceptance testing including phase insulation and earth fault testing

    Dependent upon the control automation requirements, we can supply:

    • PLC hardware and software
    • Recipe management and batch traceability
    • Reporting systems
    • System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
    • Motor control centres
    • Choice of hardwired, remote I/O, DeviceNet or ASiBus

    We are not limited to these options. Feel free to contact us to see how we can design and supply the specific system you have.

    Automation & control systems used in the powder handling and pneumatic conveying industry

    Dehumidification systems

    Dehumidifiers are used to cool and remove moisture from air that is used within powder handling systems. Dehumidification systems are vital in situations when powders and granules are hygroscopic or sensitive to heat. These are commonly used in the food processing, dairy processing and pharmaceutical industries.

    Pneu Powders Systems can provide dehumidifiers, air coolers or pre-heaters that will meet the specific requirements of any powder handling system. They can be used inside or outside and can have the following:

    • Chilled water/desiccant
    • Complete air treatment
    • Hand demountable for inspection and cleaning
    • Integrated filtration
    • Electric or hot gas reheat
    • Self-contained refrigeration

    Our dehumidification systems can be designed and constructed for high level sanitary requirements typical in the food processing, dairy processing and pharmaceutical industries.

    Dehumidification systems used in the powder handling and pneumatic conveying industry

    Dust filtration systems

    Dust filtration and collector systems remove hazardous particles to improve air quality in powder handling and pneumatic conveying systems. They reduce plant maintenance costs and downtime, and maximize the safety of plant workers. These systems are extensively utilized in areas such as receiving hoppers and silo vents.

    Pneu Powders Systems understand the importance of efficient filters and dust collector systems. Despite the diversity in this area, our broad experience means we can provide best-fit filters and dust collector solutions to meet any specific set of requirements. We make extensive use of Airjet filter and Aspiration units, which deliver maximum efficiency and high performance dust collecting and have the following features:

    • Heavy duty stainless or mild steel construction
    • Fully adjustable jet pulsed cleaning system
    • Easy to dismantle for maintenance and inspection
    • Modular component design to best support maintenance and inspection
    • Utilize Snaptex filters that are easily released and changed

    We also provide required filter customization such as:

    • Custom material design using polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating or tubular fabrics
    • Sanitary grade designs for use in food processing, dairy and pharmaceutical industries
    • Customized ratio of air to cloth to best suit specific requirements
    • Anti-static filter cloth when handling of explosive or fragile dusts

    Dust filtration systems used in the powder handling and pneumatic conveying industry