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Time Marches On

  It seems hard to believe, but 25 years last December marked the start of my career in bulk solids handling in Australia.  This was followed by a move to the US 18 years ago to work with Jenike & … Continue reading

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My Kingdom for Some Bin Headroom!

  The cost of poor planning is always a bitter pill. It is never cheaper and it is always more painful to build something poorly and then correct it later. Let alone the cost of living with the problems in … Continue reading

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Let’s Play Chutes and Ladders. Oh and Everything Should be 70°

  After handling a bulk solid for years, many believe that they know their material. They know which equipment works well and where in the system plugs are likely to occur. They know where to have the sledge-hammers ready, and … Continue reading

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The Physical Properties of Bulk Solids; or How to Get Through Airport Security

  Gathering physical properties of liquids or gases is usually straightforward. For example, if I needed a fluid’s viscosity and specific gravity to design a system for handling a liquid or gas, I need only to perform a Google search … 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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Silo Design – Getting it Right the First Time – Part 4

  In the continuing story of how to design bins and silos, here is an item that attracts little thought or analysis. Non-axisymmetric hoppers Let us look at some difficult flow behavior and unsatisfactory results found in non-axisymmetric hoppers. An … Continue reading

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Temperature and the Caking of your Product

  Caking of powders or granular bulk solids is a very common problem with consequences that could be devastating for your business. In short, your customer will see your caked material as a poor-quality product, resulting in multiple complaints. We … Continue reading

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Where Did the Senior Technical Project Managers and Experienced Decision-Makers Go?

  Over the past 25 years or so, I’ve noticed a distinct change in how high level decision-makers expect technical projects to be managed. When I joined the engineering workforce, projects were nearly always led by senior technical staff who … Continue reading

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Snowboarding vs. Skateboarding: Or a Tale of Two Friction Angles

I am excited that winter has arrived in New England. Last winter, my nephew taught me how to snowboard. I figured that I would be able to pick up the sport rather quickly. After all, I was an avid skateboarder … Continue reading

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The Value of Getting it Right the First Time

  Commonly, we are known as the bulk solids “problem solvers.” Believe me, we’re happy to have that reputation, but even better for us (and our clients), would be to prevent problems in the first place. Many times every year, … Continue reading

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