Tag Archives: hopper

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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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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I’ve had my material tested… now what?

Have you ever wondered how the data from your material testing report is being used? Take a few minutes and find out how the design of your hopper is informed by the testing of your materials in our labs!

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The Life of Bulk Solids

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What biofuels you?

Not long ago, I browsed a dissertation written by a Ph.D. candidate who had spent years developing models of a biofuels production process.  The manuscript was impressive.  The document was thorough in its derivations based on reaction kinetics, conservation of … Continue reading

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Should You Re-Purpose That Silo?

  Recently I was in Houston teaching an AIChE course on flow of solids in bins, silos and hoppers. During our discussions, repurposing of plant equipment, such as using an existing pump for a new process line, a liquid storage … Continue reading

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Vibrators – Did it Work for You?

  Vibrators are commonly used in many industries as “flow aids” or “flow promoters” for bulk solids. The chronology of vibrator use often goes like this: 1) a particular bulk solid is put inside a bin without regard for the … Continue reading

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The Trials Of A Trial And Error Approach

Let’s set the stage…you’re an engineer at a manufacturing company that handles a bulk solid material at some point in your production chain. Many of your colleagues are also engineers, and very intelligent ones at that. You and your co-workers are … Continue reading

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The Purge Column: There can be Material Flow Consequences

No, this has nothing to do with the movie “The Purge”! Sorry for the disappointment! However, I am going to write about an interesting topic here, that is if you are interested in bulk solids handling applications. The chemical industry … Continue reading

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Don’t Fall Short When it Comes to Your Feeder

You’ve learned your lesson in the past, and struggled with solids handling problems that caused untold problems during start up, completely unrelated to your key technology. And even now, the process runs below its design capacity and requires unanticipated babysitting. … Continue reading

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