Tag Archives: feeders

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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The transfer chute nightmare!

  The other night I found myself awoken from a nightmare! I have worked on several jobs recently involving the optimisation of transfer chutes handling iron ore. I have been using Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) to analyse the flow of … 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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Silo Design, and a few other things related to materials handling – How to get it right the first time, Chapter 6

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 Continuing the story of a long career of bumping into some of the not-so-clever things that people do, and deviating a bit from strictly silos, here … Continue reading

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Cheesy fingers

Co-Written by: Carrie Hartford Everyone enjoys seasonings in their food and particularly on their chips. I love eating chips that leave my fingers coated with cheesy goodness. I especially love the chips that have the extra seasoning on them. However … Continue reading

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Top 3 mistakes I’ve seen with chute designs

I’ve seen some transfer chutes in my day. A few good, some bad, and some really ugly! Here’s a the top three mistakes I see that can easily be avoided: Placing the head pulley of the incoming belt in a … Continue reading

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Why does my coal feeder need a standpipe?

Standpipes are included as a feature in most power plant solid fuel feed systems, and yet their function is often not well understood. We have encountered many situations where the original design basis was sufficient, but a change in fuel … 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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Bulk Material Handling Seminars

  As I fly to Toronto, Canada this week to present seminars on bulk material handling through the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), I can’t help but reflect on the many positive benefits received from continuing education. For the … 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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