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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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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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Chemical Flow Aids

In my previous sections, I discussed the strengths and weaknesses of mechanical and pneumatic flow aids. The final category of flow aids, chemical flow aids, is the largest one simply because of the variety available. A number of chemicals have … Continue reading

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Top 5 Functions of a Furnace Feed Bin

Your furnace feed bin maybe one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment in your glass plant! The bin serves as the main entrance to the value-added portions of your process, and is vital for continuous production and plant operation. … Continue reading

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Pneumatic Flow Aids

In my last post, I presented you with some basic information on mechanical flow aids along with recommendations on when and where they should be used. As the third entry in my series, this post will discuss the capabilities and limitations … 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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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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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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Ugly Chute Contest – your vote is needed!

In February 2014, we held an “Ugly Hopper Contest”, asking for your input on some “ugly” hoppers we’ve come across. The contest was meant to illustrate some of the things that might happen when a hopper or storage vessel was … Continue reading

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If You’ve Seen one Sample, You’ve Seen ’em all – Right?

Some people ask that, “If J&J tested one sample of say sugar, we must have tested it all – can’t we just use historical data?” This question has come up for many materials such as iron ore, limestone, bran, flour, and microcrystalline cellulose, … Continue reading

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