Author Archives: Carrie Hartford

What’s the solution so I know how to budget the project?

This is a common question we are asked by clients with bulk solids flow problems in their plant. Typical problems might be: Segregation and blending issues resulting in product reject Material bridging/arching and ratholing in a bin causing a no-flow … Continue reading

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Feasibility Study Assistance

Pre-feasibility study, feasibility study, front-end-loading (FEL 1 and 2), whatever you might call the upfront work in deciding whether or not a bulk solids handling project should go through, we can help. A feasibility study is the analysis of how … Continue reading

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It’s a New Year – Time to Reflect and Plan

It’s that time again – a new year is upon us providing a fresh start. Our bellies are full of treats and our minds have had time to rest. We reflect on all that was accomplished in 2016 and plan … Continue reading

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Breaking down attrition

Sometimes attrition, the breaking down of particles, can be a really good thing – like when I wake up in the morning to the sound of coffee beans grinding just waiting for me to make a perfect cup of coffee. … Continue reading

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You Never Know Where A Site Visit Might Take You.

If a client has an existing problem, or is starting work on a new project, it is very important to get on-site to discuss our work. Going on-site allows us to efficiently gather the most information about the project. If a … Continue reading

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Oh no! Our product is not uniform – we have a segregation issues – what do we do now?

Segregation issues can be tricky. If you handle a bulk materials that have different physical and/or chemical properties such as, particle sizes, shapes, densities, or resiliency, then it is possible that the material will segregate during transport and storage. Segregation is defined as … Continue reading

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Segregation – Another Breakfast Table Horror Story

  “Hey kids, what happened to all the fruit flakes in the cereal? It looks like you all got the dried strawberries and large flakes and Dad and I got all the crumbs at the end of the box with … Continue reading

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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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Caking is My Cup of Tea

As I went to put sugar in my tea one morning, I noticed that the lid had not been put back on the jar. This resulted in sugar clumping together to form lumps and made it rather difficult to get … Continue reading

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Feeder or Conveyor- Which is It?

  In any bulk material handling system, it is critical to be able to convey material from point A to point B as well as feed material out of a bin or hopper.  Often times, the terms feeder and conveyor … Continue reading

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