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Details Matter: A Bulk Material Engineer’s Perspective

We all want our plant or process to work as intended, yet project planning and execution are not always conducive to the end goal.  If you’re reading this, you know that the flow properties of a bulk material dictate the … Continue reading

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Eccentric Discharge from Silos

I will be presenting an article related to eccentric discharge from silos at the 2014 Structures Congress in Boston, MA, April 3-5, 2014. I thought about sharing a “blog” version of the article on our website, so here it is.  … Continue reading

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Using Computer Process Modeling with Bulk Material

I recently worked on a project where one of the biggest objectives was improving the uniformity of the bulk material feed rate to the downstream process.  The fine powder material was metered by a loss-in-weight feeder, along a conveyor, and … Continue reading

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How to Lose Weight – In a Feeder

Loss-in-weight feeders are a common feature of many solids handling processes. Many vendors offer well developed, sophisticated systems that are generally easy to operate, maintenance friendly and available in a wide range of sizes to fit feed rates from a … Continue reading

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Is The Attachment of Your Hopper Safe?

My definition of “hopper” is a sloped wall converging structure suspended along its top edge from the vertical wall portion of the silo.  Hoppers can be conical, wedge, pyramidal or a combination of these shapes.  These converging parts are necessary … Continue reading

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Why I Love Powder Handling

Why do I love my job?  Last week I received a call from a past client, Dan.  He and I had worked on a project over ten years ago.  I remember the project well.  The powder handled has some unique … Continue reading

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Bulk Solids Handling – A Chemical Engineer’s Perspective

If your training and education is in chemical engineering, as is mine, you likely learned a lot about handling liquids and gasses.  By comparison, the subject of bulk solids handling was rarely taught.  Perhaps that’s why it is often easy … Continue reading

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Ugly Hopper Contest — Your Vote is Needed !!

  Chances are high that if you are reading this blog, you have probably come across an “ugly hopper”.  Included in this blog post are some examples of “ugly hoppers” I have come across.  It has been said that “beauty … Continue reading

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What Bin?

Type “how did we do” into your search engine and you’ll get over 2 billion hits, many of which are requests for people to fill out online surveys. When feedback is the subject of conversation, everyone nods and acknowledges its … Continue reading

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Be Safe Out There

Earlier in the year there was some media focus on fatalities in grain silos, mostly on farms.  At the time we had some internal discussions on safety and J&J’s unique perspective on it – we are in a lot of … Continue reading

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