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Author: Carolynn Sarver

Convey Fragile Materials

July 15, 2015

Drag Conveyor Gently Conveys Fragile Materials
Do you need to convey fragile materials?  You can successfully convey your material with minimal material breakage with careful selection of the conveyor. There are several conveyors available in today’s market place that allow for gentle conveying of fragile materials.   In order to select the most appropriate conveyor, the following material characteristics and equipment related application requirements must be determined: What are the characteristics of your material?  Bulk density Volume or units to be conveyed Drop testing data Angle of repose Angle of slide Particle distribution analysis Particle shape Moisture content Sensitivity to temperature and humidity Temperature of operating environment What are your [...]

Causes of Bulk Bag Dusting

June 3, 2015

Companies around the world transport and handle large volumes of materials in bulk bags but unloading bulk bags can be a dusty mess if not managed properly.  Let's examine what causes dust emissions. Bulk Bag Design:  Unless a bulk bag has been specifically designed to contain the fines present in a given product, particles can sift through the bag fabric.  This looks like smoke escaping from the bag as it is being handled and emptied.  Depending on the amount of fines present in the product, the particle size and its shape, coated fabric may be all that is required to [...]

Spiroflow Systems Hosts Advanced Training Program

June 3, 2015

Spiroflow Systems hosted an advanced training program for Field Representatives this week.  More than 50 people from across North and South America joined us at our headquarters in Monroe, NC.  The program included detailed technical training on our complete line of mechanical conveying, bulk bag filling, bulk bag unloading, automatic bagging, robotic palletizing and automation solutions. Spiroflow Systems' advanced training program for Field Sales Representatives included a tour of our new test lab to see our bulk material handling solutions in action.  Participants saw our CTE & C1-2 Bulk Bag Fillers in operation along with our Flo 60 and T3 [...]

Designing Bulk Bag Unloaders for Maximum Dust Control

May 13, 2015

Control Dust in Your Bulk Bag Discharging Operation
Controlling dusting and product spillage, while safely unloading bulk bags, is an industry wide challenge.  Many times standard, off-the-shelf bulk bag unloaders are utilized in a new process without a thorough understanding of the nature of the product.  This often results in the need for an often expensive retrofit assembly after installation and unnecessary commissioning delays. What should be considered to ensure dust free bulk bag unloading?  Here are the key factors to keep in mind: The Supplier - Specialist suppliers offering bulk bag unloaders for material handling can supply several types of equipment with dust containment options suitable for [...]

Spiroflow Acquires Food Control Solutions

April 8, 2015

Spiroflow Holdings, Inc. announces the acquisition of Food Control Solutions, Inc., the leading systems integration and automation company in the food industry.  The acquisition was completed on April 1, 2015 and combines the strength of Spiroflow’s worldwide bulk material handling solutions and the automation expertise of Food Control Solutions. “We are very excited about the acquisition of Food Control Solutions and welcome them into the Spiroflow family!  Over a year ago, we recognized the value of their custom automation and systems integration work, the quality and ingenuity of their solutions, and their excellent reputation.  The acquisition of Food Control Solutions [...]

Pneumatic or Aero Mechanical Conveyors: Which are best?

February 24, 2015

Aero mechanical conveyors used to move food ingredients
Are you considering pneumatic or aero mechanical conveyors for your application? When working with dry bulk ingredients, moving them from one location to a point of use is an important part of your process that should be carefully considered. The material characteristics of your ingredients along with your application parameters and budget should be thoroughly evaluated to maximize benefits in regard to conveying rate, safety, cleanliness, efficiency and return on investment. When a dilute phase type of pneumatic transfer system is considered, one should always evaluate another option with considerable benefit – aero mechanical conveying. An Aero mechanical conveyor transfers [...]

We’re Hiring! Spiroflow Systems Announces Open Positions

January 6, 2015

Spiroflow Systems, a worldwide leader and provider of powder handling and robotic automation solutions, is expanding their team. “The company has experienced tremendous growth over the past years and it is time to add key personnel to every area of our business.  We have important new products coming out of development for the powder handling industry and have launched a new company, Spiroflow Automation Solutions, Inc. (SASI) which leverages our 40 years of experience in the Controls and Automation fields.   We are thrilled to reach this point of growth in the company and look forward to finding the right people [...]

The Right Mechanical Conveyor for Your NEW Process

October 28, 2014

Do you have a new process that requires a mechanical conveyor?  A huge variety of conveying equipment is available from bulk solids handling equipment suppliers, and this can make the prospect of choosing the right conveyor for your application a bit daunting.  A good place to start is to consider these basic selection factors: Material Characteristics:   Consider whether your material is dry or moist, extremely hot or cold, hygroscopic, abrasive, likely to segregate, or has other properties that limit which conveying methods can reliably handle it. Required Function and Performance:  Will your conveyor require multiple inlets or outlets?  Must it [...]

Spiroflow Systems Expands Robotic Automation & Engineering Teams

October 21, 2014

Spiroflow Systems, Inc. has announced key additions to their organization. Mr. Mark Langenfeld Mr. Mark Langenfeld has joined the company’s robotic automation team.  Mark has provided customers with cost effective, dedicated, and flexible automation solutions for over 25 years.  His areas of expertise include business development, sales, applications engineering, machine design, project management, and engineering along with managing his own successful robotic and machine vision company. He has completed more than 800 robotic and special machines installations in a variety of industries such as automotive, aerospace, chemical, consumer goods, electronics, glass, nutraceuticals, food, and medical.  Mark has extensive experience with [...]

Selecting Safe Powder Handling Equipment

August 20, 2014

Select Safe Powder Handling Equipment
Operator safety is a major consideration when selecting automated powder handling equipment. Manual packaging can be a laborious, repetitive and monotonous task, frequently carried out in a dusty, noisy, or otherwise unpleasant environment.  Workplace injuries under these conditions can be frequent - lifting, repetitive strain, breathing or respiratory problems, hearing loss and others.  Lost time at work, human error, high staff turnover, shift rotations and mandatory breaks are all a constant drain on productivity and efficiency. Installing an automated powder handling solution can address a number of potential safety issues and simultaneously improve productivity, the work environment, and employee morale. When [...]