Tag Archives: caking

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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Feeding wet agglomeration processes.

I am a proud, card-carrying member of the IBA, the Institute for Briquetting and Agglomeration.  In 2011, I presented a paper at the IBA Conference on the design of hoppers or bins for feeding wet agglomeration processes.  In wet granulation … Continue reading

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Measuring caking by material unconfined yield strength

Caking is a natural phenomenon. It could happen to your powder product whether you want it or not. If the caking is a quality problem that is resulting in multiple complaints, here is how you can determine the caking behavior … Continue reading

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The Life of Bulk Solids

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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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Is Your Customer Complaining About Your Lumped Powder Product?

The good news is that you are not the only one suffering from lumped powder or caking problems.  The very bad news is that your product is now considered a bad quality product. Your customer will most probably find and … Continue reading

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Solids Handling in the Food Processing Industry

  Many food products reach the consumer in powdered or granular form, and even more involve processing of this form of material, which we call a bulk solid, at some point in their manufacture.  These materials don’t always behave well … Continue reading

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