Conveying Technology Test Lab to Verify Conveying System Performance

Editor: Manja Wühr

With the new new test laboratory for Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyors and integrated bulk handling equipment technicians verify system performance prior to final equipment design and fabrication.

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Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyors can be readily configured with full size upstream and downstream equipment to simulate customer processes, and tested using customer-supplied materials to verify performance.
Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyors can be readily configured with full size upstream and downstream equipment to simulate customer processes, and tested using customer-supplied materials to verify performance.
(Picture: Flexicon/Laszlo Csizmadia)

Bethlehem/USA – The laboratory is centred around separate 10 and 15 cm diameter Tubular Cable Conveyor circuits with drive systems and tensioners which can be demonstrated as stand-alone systems. Both circuits are also configured with metered and non-metered inlet adapters, and valved and full-flow discharges that allow for rapid connection to a variety of full size upstream and downstream bulk handling equipment also produced by the company.

"The diversity of interchangeable equipment enables Flexicon to simulate customer installations and verify system performance using the customer's actual material which, together with Flexicon's Lifetime Performance Guarantee, takes the risk and guesswork out of ordering these systems," says Mr. Gill.

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Studying the performance of new designs

Full size equipment that can be integrated with the conveyors includes inlet hoppers, bag dump stations, bulk bag dischargers, bulk bag fillers, drum/box/container tippers, weigh batching/blending systems, screeners, filling machines and storage vessels manufactured by Flexicon and others.

Using customer supplied bulk materials, engineers and laboratory technicians verify system performance prior to final equipment design and fabrication, and demonstrate newly constructed equipment for visiting customers prior to shipment. In addition, Flexicon engineers utilise the laboratory to study the performance of new designs.

The Tubular Cable Conveyor uses high-strength polymer discs affixed to a stainless steel or galvanised cable to slide fragile bulk foods and non-foods within smooth stainless steel tubing routed at any angle, gently, quietly and dust-free, over short or long distances.

Gentle handling offered by the conveyor makes it suitable for food products that are prone to breakage or degradation including: cereals, coffees, teas, dried fruits, frozen vegetables, grains, nuts, peas, pet foods, seeds, snack foods and spices. Typical non-food applications include bulk chemicals, minerals, chopped fibreglass, microspheres, regrind, pellets, tobacco and other friable materials.

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