Monthly Archives: October 2014

If You’ve Seen one Sample, You’ve Seen ’em all – Right?

Some people ask that, “If J&J tested one sample of say sugar, we must have tested it all – can’t we just use historical data?” This question has come up for many materials such as iron ore, limestone, bran, flour, and microcrystalline cellulose, … Continue reading

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Do We Take Powders for Granted?

  Whenever I have too much self esteem, I like to go home and visit my parents. And so I took a few vacation days to travel to my hometown of Salida, Colorado, where my father asked me if I … Continue reading

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Jenike Centennial is a Time for Reflection

  1914 — 100 years ago – was a time of tremendous change. Henry Ford opened the world’s first assembly line (for the Model T). The world’s first airline, St. Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, started operation. W.H. Carrier patented the … Continue reading

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Should You Re-Purpose That Silo?

  Recently I was in Houston teaching an AIChE course on flow of solids in bins, silos and hoppers. During our discussions, repurposing of plant equipment, such as using an existing pump for a new process line, a liquid storage … Continue reading

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Vibrators – Did it Work for You?

  Vibrators are commonly used in many industries as “flow aids” or “flow promoters” for bulk solids. The chronology of vibrator use often goes like this: 1) a particular bulk solid is put inside a bin without regard for the … Continue reading

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