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Whiteboard Friday: Effective Head

Our Project Engineer Josh Marion about effective head and why we use it.

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Moving Bed Catalytic Reactors

Fixed bed catalytic reactors, in which a gaseous reactant stream passes through a catalyst bed, is frequently used for synthesis, combustion, and effluent treatment. Radial flow reactors are preferred when a low pressure drop is desirable. Fixed bed reactors can … Continue reading

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If you can’t grow it, you gotta dig it up-and then handle it!

Take a few moments to look around you and subtract all the objects and energy sources that aren’t grown and you soon get an impression of what life would be like without mining (you should be seeing something resembling Gilligan’s … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between your problematic bulk solids feeder and Michael Corleone?

Many of you may recall hearing Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone of the legendary Godfather series say, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in…” We engineers at J&J can almost hear some of the problematic bulk … Continue reading

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Introduction to Flow Aids

It is not hard to imagine that early in our evolution the first people to store powder or ground material in a container very quickly found themselves hitting the container to get the stuff out. This was usually caused by … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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Why does my powder behave like a liquid? Does your process need bailing out?

Clients in industries ranging from cement to pharmaceuticals often ask us: why is my powder flowing like a liquid? This liquid like behavior can be observed in processes across a variety of industries, including: loading finished cement onto a barge; … Continue reading

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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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Flow Problems? Try Bulk Material Testing First

At a site visit recently I was introduced to an operator in the plant control room. My host told him that I was there to work on the flow problems that had been plaguing their surge bins for years since … Continue reading

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The Global Status of Bulk Materials Handling 2013

The British Materials Handling Board recently published an interesting review of our industry titled “The global status of bulk materials handling 2013”. Written by Tom Taylor and edited by Lyn Bates, the subtitle of this publication is “A survey of … Continue reading

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