Address Process Non-Uniformity
What is Process Non-Uniformity?
A non-uniform process is defined as a situation where production irregularities occur. For instance, a resin purging process may yield material that retains excessive hydrocarbons residuals, or, a drying process could consume excessive energy due to poor solids handling.
A non-uniform process results in inconsistent operation that can be difficult to control, generate waste, create safety hazards, and ultimately yield excessive operation and maintenance (O&M) costs.
When & Where Can Process Non-Uniformity Occur?
Non-uniform processes can be the result of poorly operating equipment or system design. Unreliable flow through material handling equipment will negatively affect process uniformity. Common bulk material handling processes involve:
- Silos, bins, hoppers
- Transfer chutes, conveyors
- Drying, cooling, purging
- Crushing, milling
- Rail/truck loading/unloading
- Dust collectors, process filters
- Sizing, screening, scalping
- Blending/mixing systems
- Packaging equipment
Why is Process Non-Uniformity a Problem?
Process non-uniformities can place an enormous burden on the manufacturing operation and downstream supply chain. These burdens can include:
- Product inconsistencies
- Safety risks
- Equipment failures
- Poor process availability
- Increased labor costs
- Erratic product quality
- Reduced production rate
- Environmental hazards
- Unscheduled maintenance
- Customer complaints
How Can Jenike & Johanson Help to Avoid Process Non-Uniformity?
Achieving a uniform process starts with knowing how your material(s) will behave in a process or solids handing system. An understanding of environmental conditions, throughput design requirements, and equipment operating capabilities is vital for selection of correct material processing equipment or systems.
Jenike & Johanson engineers have the specialized knowledge, real-world experience, and world-class bulk material testing facilities to help you with you bulk material processes.
Are you currently experiencing any process non-uniformity?