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Materials conveying, loading and storage.


Whitlock Vacuum-conveying systems from 1 to 30 hp and single-station to 96 stations with multiple-pump control. Sequencing controls have RS485 remote control panel with menu-driven format. Also turnkey bulk installation with welded and bolted silos and railcar-unloading systems.


Complete pneumatic materials-handling systems include individual and central vacuum-loading systems and continuous vacuum/pressure loading/unloading systems for rates to 25,000 lb/hr. Conveying systems for free-flowing materials range from 1- to 100-hp. Equipment designs for JIT processes incorporate quick, fast material-change capability via minimal inventory material receivers. Nomad portable drying and conveying cart systems and closed-loop dry-air central conveying systems provide dilute-phase conveying of hygroscopic materials.

VacTrac conveying controls manage up to three separate vacuum-conveying systems. Name-brand PLC with point-to-point or distributed I/O capabilities manages flow of material to 36 stations with a single-loop of low-voltage control cable. Installation usually requires no conduit. Control has easy-to-read display and operator interface. Time- or volume-fill configurations, with blowback capabilities, meet all conveying and filtration needs.

Smart one-pump, eight-station microprocessor-based vacuum-conveying control is a cost-effective alternative for smaller molding operations. It can also upgrade older systems, which have relay or solid-state controls.

Express series motor-driven and compressed-air self-contained material loaders designed for minimum inventory and quick material changes. Units feature a glass reservoir with level sensor and tangential material entry to help reduce material degradation. Small capacity of 0.10 cu ft (40 oz) or 0.03 cu ft (16 oz) reservoir minimizes material inventory and residence time and makes units suitable for JIT process applications. Larger sizes available.

Turnkey installation and design services include start-up and training. (See ads this page, p. 301.)


Pneumatic and mechanical-handling systems for powders, pellets, regrind, small parts and other dry materials. Systems range from simple up-and-in hopper loaders assembled from standard components to complex microprocessor-controlled distribution and batch-weighing systems for multiple ingredients. Check-sieving, sizing and separation of ferrous contaminants can be incorporated in-line.

Standard components include bulk-bag unloaders, bag-dump stations, feed bins, various types of receivers, electric and pneumatic vacuum power sources, wide selection of filtration devices and controls ranging from on/off switches to computer-compatible, microprocessor-based panels with illuminated system displays.

Heavy-duty industrial vacuum-cleaning equipment for wet and dry operations, powered electrically or by compressed air. Also portable models, high-capacity material recovery systems, and custom-designed multiple-outlet systems with a central vacuum source.


Air-bearing systems, operating on standard plant air systems, deliver load handling on a film of compressed air. Movement is omni-directional and vibration-free with no damage to floor. Also wheel and rail systems and a full line of materials-handling products.


Supplies electronic weighing equipment, specializing in forklift truck scales with piece counting for inventory and shipping requirements. Also crane scales.


Heavy-strength handling and storage reusable collapsible containers with ventilation design (Series L4000, L4500, H4500, H3000, R4500). Sizes from 13001500 lb. Also line of stackable/nestable, bi-color totes, some with attached lids.


Floor and high-load vacuum autoloaders in varied conveying capacities. Units available with or without automatic filter cleaning for granule and powder materials.


AFC Spiralfeeder tubular, flexible or rigid mechanical conveyor moves pellets, regrind, dryblend, and resins. Modular round discharge head provides unlimited discharge angles. Discharge head's molded pop-off Neoprene cover eliminates nuts, bolts, gaskets, and simplifies maintenance and cleaning. True-Flow hopper works in conjunction with conveyor to provide maximum unrestricted flow. Eleven sizes of portable or stationary units in carbon or stainless steel.

AFC FIBC (bulk-bag) unloading equipment features fork-lift or integral chain-hoist loading. Vibro-Action hopper design discharge of non-easy-flowing bulk solids. Also AFC Dumpclean cartridge-style bagdump station for dust-collection system.


Bulk-bag unloading station with optional vibratory discharge for sluggish materials. Together with company's Flexifeeder conveyor, it offers clean, dust-free transfer of materials from bag to downstream process.

Bag-break station consists of a dust collector secured to top of feed hopper. Collector has multiple valves and cartridges for reverse pulse-jet cleaning. (See also Metering and Feeding.)


Dynatrol level switch for high- or low-point level detection of powders, granules, pellets, bulk solids, etc. Tolerates material build-up and handles tough applications.


Conveying systems gently convey product from granulator to day silos or homogenizing silos in a multipipe system. Gentle conveying to bag-packing station or silos for tanker-truck loading with dense-phase pressure conveyors, either discontinuously via pressure vessels or continuously via rotary feeders.

Segregation-free conveying from heater/cooler mixer to day silos and extruders. Cost-effective mixer silo systems blend different mixer batches.


Super Sack flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC) for shipping and storage of materials in various sizes and designs from 10 to 100 cu ft. Can be custom designed. Also the Pactainer conductive FIBC, McSack square FIBC, Flutainer container for handling liquids, Wasteaway container for disposing of waste products, and full line of auxiliary equipment for filling, handling and discharging the above containers.


Vertical storage hopper (VSH) for regrind from 1 to 15 lb/[ft.sup.3]. Pneumatic loading with either high-efficiency cyclone or air-separator section. Optional ancillary items include diverter valves, fans, control panels, dust collection, and reclamation equipment.


Colormax products include small pneumatic hopper loaders with no moving parts, a lightweight electric hopper loader, and a ratio-selector hopper loader with twin compartments for semi-blending two materials in batches. Units handle from 15 g to 2000 lb/hr. Equipment has diagnostics and fail-safe alarms.


Full line of standard parts- and package-handling conveyors. Quick shipment on slider-bed, horizontal, and inclined-belt conveyors. Flat-top chains, live rollers, wire mesh, and gravity rollers available as standard units or part of a complete system.


Patented transducer and instrumentation products accurately weigh and control the contents of inventory and process vessels. Load cells convert any tank, bin, hopper, silo, or blender into a precision weigh system. From complex batch/blend systems to simple shipping/receiving scales, BLH systems measure, record, and control every weight-related process throughout the plant. Easy digital interface options integrate equipment with Allen-Bradley, Schneider Automation, Fisher Pro Vox, Honeywell TDC 3000, and GE Series 90 distributed control systems.


Corrugated silos and Flex-Auger Plus tubular spiral conveying systems. Silos in capacities from 147 through 7010 cu ft and diam. of 6 to 21 ft, skirted and unskirted. Skirted models provide secured silo discharge area and an area for housing vacuum systems. A 10 [degrees] sloped roof with perimeter guardrail and toeboard is standard on 6 to 18 ft models. This low-profile roof maximizes storage space inside buildings, eases installation of dust collectors, crosswalks, and yo-yo or plumb-bob level sensors, and allows safe servicing of equipment on the deck. Also a selection of slide gates.

Flex-Auger Plus materials-conveying system provides automatic transport of materials up, down, on-the-level, or around corners into areas where space is limited. Spiral steel, flexible auger systems in four sizes from 3-in. tube diam. with 75 cu ft/hr capacity to high capacity 4.5-in. tube, 375 cu ft/hr. Systems totally enclosed and capable of full-load start-ups. Durable, coreless auger comes in one continuous piece and is the only moving part. Low maintenance and easy installation in both new and existing facilities.


Loadstar I and II single and ratio hopper loaders have 2 1/4-hp motor and audible alarm when material-flow problems occur. Smaller JIT loaders available for hopper mount or for mounting directly to the machine feed throat. Also powder loaders and small central conveying systems with up to 12 ratio stations. Drying and storage hoppers in capacities from 20 to 12,000 lb. Options include insulation, floor stands, multiple outlet takeoff boxes, powder-drying hoppers, nitrogen-purge hoppers, and multiple hoppers on a common stand.


Model B1L and B2L Budget hopper loaders have an easy-to-use reset circuit breaker on outside of control box. Spun-aluminum parts are anodized for corrosion protection. Two-stage quiet bypass motor in BIL has a 400-lb/hr capacity and is 10 db quieter than a standard vacuum motor. Model B2L has a 700 lb/hr capacity. On-demand cycle control shuts units down when hopper is full.


Magnetic separation equipment includes grinder plate magnets, hopper magnets, and separation equipment for recycling, such as magnetic separation pulleys and cross-belt separators. Line of drawer magnets protects against ferrous metal damaging equipment.


HTE electrostatic separators and MAG metal detector/separators for removal of nonferrous metallics from granulated and flake plastics. For chopped PET bottles, separators reduce aluminum content from 1.5% to less than 10 ppm. For chopped insulated wire, separators recover copper and aluminum fractions lost in the tailings stream.

New patented AFS wet systems maximize metal recovery and enhance the recyclability of plastics. Other applications include removing metallic contamination from granulated vinyl siding, injection molded parts, computer housings, or fine automotive scrap.

Complete line of industrial and laboratory equipment with on-site testing capabilities.


Pneumatic conveying systems for transfer of powder, pellets or granular materials within a plant (from rail, truck or bag receiving to in-plant storage silos or process surge bins). Components and systems for pressure or vacuum, dilute-phase or dense-phase (where minimum attrition of the particles is important), to deliver from one point to several locations. Conveying gas can be ambient air or inert gas. Components include bag dump stations, bulk-bag unloaders/receivers, railcar unloaders or loaders, rotary airlocks, diverter valves, blower packages with or without sound enclosures, vacuum pickup wands, dense-phase pressure tanks, bin vent filters, receiver filters, dust collectors, and control panels. Systems custom-designed.


Engineered products and systems for high-accuracy, high-throughput metering, conveying, feeding, packaging, and control of carbon blacks, oxides and other difficult-to-handle powders. Low-pressure, medium-density, fluidizing pneumatic conveying system transports from bulk unloading, sacks (emptied by automatic sack splitter Model J11), or from bulk storage. Remote adjustable DCV transmitter maximizes conveying rates on the widest range of blacks with minimal fines generation for optimum dispersion in the mixer. Air-slide feeder with fluidized bed and precise dosing valve provides accurate batch/transfer with low fines.

For prepackaging minor additives in low-melting poly bags (suitable for direct addition to mixers), small powder system has batch control of 16 bins with auto-bag form/fill/seal.

Total plant process control from bulk intake through weighing, mixing, and downstream routing control to finished product storage is provided by Select-O-Weigh 900 computerized system with color graphics.


Microprocessor-based, programmable vacuum-loading systems for up to 24 stations and three pumps in any configuration. Sizes range from 3 to 25 hp, consisting of positive-displacement pumps, V-belt drive motors, motor starters, muffler, and pump-protective devices. Large-capacity, pleated fiber filters protect vacuum pump. Optional sound enclosures allow quiet operation at 80 dbA. (See ad p. 53.)


Model DSC digital bench, platform, and floor scales. Bench scales from 2 lb with sensitivity as fine as 0.01 g to 100 lb with sensitivity to 0.05 lb. Platform scales have low-profile, 20 x 27 in. platform, capacity of 1000 lb, and sensitivity of 0.2 lb. Floor scales range from 3 x 3 ft to 8 x 8 ft. Capacity ranges from 2500 to 20,000 lb. All scales have metric conversion, automatic and keyboard tare, and automatic calibration. Alphanumeric display 0.5-in. high for easy readability. Options include internal rechargeable battery pack for complete portability, RS232 port for communication to printers and computers, and statistical package.


Vibratory weigh scales allow simultaneous filling, vibrating, and weighing of bulk containers. Standard weigh console features digital readout, which controls start and stop of fill system and vibration sequence by weight signal. Deck sizes from 24 to 72 in. Two deck styles: flat-top Model FWT and grid-top GWT for installation in roller-conveyor systems. Also gross-weight readout, analog signal, and setpoints for auto valve or gate operation.

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Vacuum loaders and central vacuum-conveying systems have proportioning valves, silos, and controls designed for easy installation and low operating costs. Single loaders have throughputs to 2500 lb/hr of pellets and powders. Filterless central pellet loaders come with one central self-cleaning filter. All loaders are stainless steel for low maintenance and long life. (See ad this page.)


FL-110 filterless vacuum-loader system eliminates on-machine maintenance. Includes loading chamber for mounting above-machine hopper and separate power unit for mounting at ground level for easy maintenance. Loading rates to 950 lb/hr. Also CL-200 small vacuum loader for loading color feeders and small processing machines.

Levalarm low-level hopper alarm has a capacitive-type proximity switch and control to indicate low-level condition in any bin or hopper.


Dry-bulk, bolted steel storage tanks with thermally cured coatings resist corrosion and are FDA and NSF approved. Capacities from 1000 to 750,000 cu ft. Hopper bottoms to diam. of 38 ft, and flat bottoms to 118-ft diam. Standard specifications and drawings now available on AutoCad diskette.


Central vacuum-conveying systems automate conveying of material from storage to processing machine. Filterless vacuum receivers made of stainless steel for longer production life. System enables fines and dust to be removed from material and transported down the vacuum line to the central safety filter. Microprocessor control scans and loads up to 32 vacuum receivers. Systems easily expandable for future integration of scrap granulators, dryers, and blending systems. Modicon or Allen-Bradley controls can be provided to accommodate special requirements.

Single-station hopper loaders of stainless steel ensure long, corrosion-free life and quick cleanup. Features include cloth filter with air-pulse operation, which guarantees efficient filter cleaning. "Swing-Base" lid provides easy access to hopper and loader flap for quick cleaning. Vacuum-motor cover reduces noise to a whisper and protects motor from damage.


Self-contained loaders with lid-mounted vacuum motors include DustBeater and MicroLine series and modular, stainless-steel Z-Loaders. Z-Loaders also available as direct-feed units. Stainless-steel, direct-feed K-Loaders available with 8 or 33 oz viewing chambers to minimize on-machine inventory. Direct-feed loaders mount directly on the machine throat to provide a preset material inventory, which allows fast materials changes.

CAML series compressed air loaders expanded with four new models: CAML-LPS low-profile loader for filling bins and hoppers supplied with its own lid and internal cartridge filter; CAML-LPL is similar but includes a larger external filter on its lid for dustier materials; CAML-M provides low capacity, direct feeding into machine throat or to feeder bins; and CAML-EV evacuator designed for filling drums or bins from a variety of sources.

Larger-capacity conveyors include DuraLoad series in sizes from 8- to 25-in. diam. and per-load volume capacities from 0.14 to 2.7 [ft.sup.3]. These receivers are filled by remote vacuum pumps and can be used singly or in multiples for filling rows of machines. Customizing options include positive discharge of materials, ratio loading of regrinds, or as direct-feed loaders for JIT loading in larger quantities over longer conveying distances. DuraLoad-style hopper is used for self-contained models offered by Conair and can be field converted to central vacuum-loading receivers. Quieter vacuum pumps for single-station or central-system loading offered to reduce conveying noise.

Stainless steel filterless vacuum receivers prevent excessive carry-over of fines and dust into the central dust collector and allow conveying pelletized or coarse-powdered (100+ micron size) materials without changing loading equipment and with a minimum of maintenance. Units available in sizes from 10- to 24-in. diam. and can be supplied to fill hoppers or for directly feeding processing machines.

Powerfil integrated, mobile, platform-mounted vacuum system can include a wide selection of receiver styles and loading functions. System includes integrated, peripheral vacuum pump of 3-, 4- or 6-hp, dust collector, and control console for up to two loading stations.

Central vacuum system controls include Selectronic with single cable, individual station, and remote controls expandable to additional stations within the limit of the vacuum pump's capacity. Selectronic puts local control at each vacuum receiver. Sentral control system provides centralized controls and includes Allen-Bradley, PLC-based panel with 24-VAC wiring. It allows multiple vacuum-pump operation for loading up to 40 use points through add-on modules. Controls have separate operator interface and I/O modules and can limit access through password lockout.

Dry-air conveying systems move moisture-sensitive materials in JIT quantifies to machine throats using low dew-point air as the conveying medium. Single or multiple use points can be filled.

Bulk-conveying and railcar-unloading systems can include vacuum pumps to 50 hp or vacuum/pressure pumps for higher-rate, longer distance conveying. Variety of storage silos offered including exclusive, spiral-wound, aluminum Spiral silos in sizes to hold up to 5700 [ft.sup.3]. Also welded steel, aluminum or bolted steel silos. Complete engineering, installation, and service support available.


Line of pneumatic-conveying systems includes dense, semi-dense and dilute phase. Specializes in hard-to-handle, abrasive or friable materials, railcar unloading of bulk materials, and implant batching and weighing.


Spira/flo spiral-grooved piping for pneumatic conveying of plastics. With Spira/to grooved piping and elbows, pellets are kept away from the pipe wall, minimizing "angel hairs," without producing fines. Piping treated by the Spira/flo method will not have to be re-grooved after sustained conveying. The process presses a groove into the I.D., actually displacing metal as it forms the groove providing the turbulence necessary to keep the "pellets" away from the pipe wall and maintaining pellet shapes. Available in aluminum or stainless, Spira/flo comes in virtually all sizes. Installation is permanent.


Max Vac vacuums clean up plant spills, convey, reclaim, load, unload, and pick up materials at points simultaneously with a central manifold system (portable, stationary, towable, or dumptruck mounted). The 5 to 300 hp units vacuum wet/dry and hazardous material. Features include material separation circuit, filtration system, and Silencer Base muffler. Custom designs available.


Magnetic separators for removing ferrous metal from regrind and recyclable plastic. Products include magnetic drums, plates, pulleys, and overhead magnets suspended above conveyors. Magnetic drums have permanent magnets for continuous, low-cost separation and can be installed inside closed chutes, at outlets of chutes and hoppers, or where materials discharge from feeders and conveyors.

Hopper magnets feature a transparent drawer face for convenient monitoring and a slide gate that shuts off product flow. Hopper separator has magnetic 1-in.-diam. grate tubes with an assembly of ceramic or rare-earth magnet material inside. To produce a more uniform separating force, grates contain magnetic material throughout the tube, and are not partially loaded with springs and fillers. Double bank of tubes ensures maximum separation.


Pneumatic bulk-transfer conveyors for pellets and powders, dry chemicals and food-grade products. Chem-Vac conveyors have dual positive-displacement blowers for high-capacity, low-temperature transfer of temperature-sensitive products with no cross-contamination. Air-filtration system eliminates cleaning of cloth filter bags.


Box dumpers, gaylord filters, transfer hoppers, auger conveyor systems, bulk-storage silos, and surge bins. Specializes in batch mixers for plastic pellet, powder and regrind materials.


E-Z Tec metal detectors in closed-aperture or single-surface models detect metallic contaminants of 1% of minimum aperture dimension. Accommodate wide range of product speeds from 2 ft/min to 8800 k/min. Include solid-state electronics, crystal oscillator for stable drive-frequency reference, and variable-oscillator drive voltage that optimizes product phasing and sensitivity.

Rare-earth magnetic separators (grates, traps, plates, rolls, and tubes) remove weakly magnetic or very fine iron contaminants from dry bulk or liquid products. Use Erium 3000 permanent magnetic power source, said to develop up to 25 times the pull of conventional materials. Separators can be designed into new processing lines, and existing housings and bodies can be retrofitted with RE assemblies.

Simple, rugged mechanical conveyors handle a variety of bulk materials. Single-mass and two-mass vibrating systems excited by motor-driven eccentric shaft. Compact, straight-line, low-profile design allows easy maintenance.

Electro-permanent magnetic bin vibrators move sticky, hard-to-handle bulk materials in bins, hoppers, and chutes. Units apply concentrated vibration and positive drive in two directions and feature dust- and wear-resistant housing with no sliding or rotating parts. Also magnetic drums with crisscross or agitator-type magnetic fields; magnetic humps for removing tramp iron from free-flowing, gravity-fed materials; rare-earth eddy-current separators for removing nonferrous metallics from bulk nonmetallic products; and models HI-VI and Hi-Speed vibratory feeders.


Materials-handling systems for powdered and bulk plastics products include complete systems from storage to process, as well as reclaiming systems.

Flexible screw conveyor does not utilize air, filters, or cyclone separators. Screw is the only moving internal part and can convey materials in any direction. Suitable for resins and other materials containing dust or powder.

Model 1450 Bey-Con spiral conveyor transports difficult-to-convey resins, pigments, and additives such as titanium dioxide, carbon black, and calcium carbonate, as well as solids containing moisture, oil, or other materials that could cause caking under pressure or frictional heat. Max. throughput is 1800 cu ft/hr. Optional speed controller can reduce throughput to 2 cu ft/hr.

Bulk-bag unloading stations for automated discharging of bulk bags into any type of conveyor, feed system or downstream equipment.

Automated weigh-batching systems for weighing bulk materials prior to blending or feeding in or to downstream equipment. (See ad below.)


Supplies simple, self-contained vacuum loaders up to custom-engineered, fully integrated plant systems. Automated turnkey systems utilize vacuum, pressure, or combination vacuum/pressure. Detailed CAD layouts supplied with each system quotation. Graphic control panel with programmable controller initiates and monitors the automatic process.

Also silos, railcar unloaders, pneumatic conveyors, belt conveyors, metal detectors/separators, granulators, gravimetric and volumetric feeders, resin dryers, and recycling equipment.


Natural-frequency vibrating conveyors for horizontal conveying can be equipped with screens for fines and oversize removal from regrind or pellets. Additional features include self-cleaning and minimal maintenance.

Also gravity separators, aspirators, and screening machines for separation and reclamation.


Venturi Eductors with no moving parts transport pellets and powders. Can replace rotary airlocks in conventional, positive-pressure pneumatic conveying systems. Using motive air at 3-14 psig, systems are said to entrain and transport materials with less wear and product degradation than airlocks. Production of "angel hair," threads, and fines is reportedly reduced or eliminated. Particularly useful when handling regrind or glass-filled resins, which can erode airlocks.


FerroFilter electromagnetic separators remove fine magnetizable particles down to submicron size from dry materials or fluids.

Standard units separate fine ferromagnetic particles. Special units separate paramagnetic particles. Units can be back-flushed or cleaned in place. Automated systems with controls for timed processing and cleaning cycles available.

Laboratory magnetic separators - Magnetic Barrier Laboratory (Model LB-1) and Isodynamic Separator (Model L-1) - separate minerals according to magnetic susceptibility.


Range of pneumatic conveying and air-pollution control equipment includes Airveyor dilute-phase conveying systems, Modu-Dense dense-phase systems, Airslide gravity conveyors, Fulload railcar and truck loading, Gravi-Merge gravity blenders, Fuller-Kinyon pumps, pressure tank systems, diverter valves, feeders, custom baghouses, Jet-Pulse and Plenum-Pulse collectors, Fuller and Fuller-Davey compressors, and electric controls.

R&D facility has full scale pneumatic conveying, railcar loading and unloading testing facilities and on-site physical and chemical laboratories for material analysis.


Counting and weighing equipment includes counting and weighing scales, electronic digital counting and weighing indicators, stainless-steel over/under checkweighers, bench scales, floor scales, and related peripheral equipment.

Patented dual-sensor Multiple Load-cell Counting Scale (MLC) provides the sensitivity of multiple scales for quick and accurate sampling of the smallest parts with the capacity to count a large number of those parts. Powerproof design protects against loss of calibration due to electromagnetic interference, lightning-induced spikes, power surges, static discharge, noise, and blackouts.


Fluidizer subsidiary specializes in solving bulk materials-handling and process problems, and provides complete systems and equipment for conveying, storage, vacuum clean-up, loading and unloading of bulk materials for specific applications. Isomatric subsidiary produces pneumatic and gravity conveying components, which include knife gates, rotary airlocks, slide gates, dump gates, and diverter valves.


Basic line of integral-motor hopper loaders, plus complete line of remote vacuum-pump loaders and systems. Self-powered, integral-motor models include solid-state controls and range from 250 lb/hr to over 2000 lb/hr. All models include automatic filter cleaning after each load. Ratio models available for virgin/regrind conveying.

For higher conveying capacities over longer distances, Command 2000 central vacuum systems and loaders use floor-mounted vacuum pump to provide power for all loading stations. Central dust collector eliminates on-machine filter maintenance. Pump sizes from 3 to 25 hp. Also special twin-cyclone powder loaders.

Specializes in weigh-loading systems, using Command 2000 equipment, by adding weigh cells to each vacuum hopper and supplying special microprocessor controls with CRT messages. Optional printers can record each pound conveyed.

Also welded-steel storage silos and continuous level-sensing systems for electronic silo monitoring.


HS series electronic, all-metal detector/separator for dry, granular, free-flowing products such as pellets and granules can detect and separate all metallic contaminants from 0.02 in. on up. EKS electronic separation system separates comingled plastic/plastic mixtures such as PVC/PE and PET/PVC and others. KWS electrostatic system separates any commingled, liberated mixture of conductive/nonconductive material such as aluminum/PET flakes and circuit-board router dust.


Bulk material conveying systems and equipment include low-cost, high-capacity helix flexible screw conveyors for flowable materials. Convey vertically up to 40 ft and horizontally up to 80 ft. Can be disassembled for cleaning in 5 min.

Economical tubular conveyors move finely divided, free-flowing bulk materials, whether wet or dry, hot or cold. Flexible circuitry permits installation in and around existing equipment.

Compact and modularly designed Mini-Vac pneumatic conveyors for dry solids provide application flexibility and are easily integrated with various process equipment.

Low-cost manual bag-dump stations and dust collectors have cartridge filters that are easily changed without special tools. Available in carbon or stainless steel. Bulk-bag unloading stations in carbon or stainless steel with capacities to 4000 lb. equipped with bag agitators and adaptors.

Standard and custom designed batch-weighing systems for handling single or multiple ingredients.


Vacuum-conveying equipment for dry, free-flowing powders, flakes, and pellets use compressed air, regenerative vacuum-pump assemblies, or positive-displacement vacuum pumps. Full pneumatic or programmable total sequence controls available. All models come in full sanitary or industrial stainless-steel construction. Also explosion-proof models. Standard conveying rates from 10 to 30,000 lb/hr. Conveying distances to 250 ft. Built-in cartridge filters clean discharge air to below one micron. Quick take-apart design for easy cleaning.


Materials-handling systems, bulk materials-handling systems, pneumatic conveying equipment, and water recovery systems. Consulting services, engineering, design, installation, start-up, and training.


Flat-top chain and belted variable-speed conveyors and variable-speed, metering, bulk-elevating conveyors from 1 cu-ft to 80 cu-ft capacity in painted or stainless-steel finish.


Portable, inclinable screw conveyors for dry, free-flowing materials can load and unload mixers, bins, and hoppers or transfer materials from floor to floor or between processing and storage points. Variable or fixed capacities from 50 to 3200 [ft.sup.3]/hr. Screw lengths from 6-20 ft.

Split Tube portable inclinable conveyor offers a rigid tubular body that is split and hinged so that when opened the complete auger is exposed for cleaning and inspection. U-trough design allows for cleaning and efficient tubular conveying. Covers can be opened without tools. Conveyor offered in sanitary construction with highly polished finish.




Factory-welded storage tanks in steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. Also custom fabrications, field-welded tanks, blenders, and a variety of storage-related components. Tanks for virtually any dry bulk material and a variety of liquids.


Four types of vacuum hopper loaders: standard, standard with automatic filter cleaning, proportional with automatic filter cleaning, and new self-cleaning powder loaders. Low-cost and single-shot pneumatic loaders available.

Also storage drums in plastic (2, 5, 30, and 55 gal) and stainless steel (30 and 55 gal). For large-capacity storage, portable hoppers are stackable up to three high. Floor-level gaylord tipsters are air-powered and tilt automatically as pellets are removed. Manual tippers stocked. New hydraulic dumpers simplify gaylord unloading.

From Bargain Basics Div., ceramic hopper magnets for round and square hoppers in 5 sizes. Tubes and diverters are stainless steel. (See ad p. 283.)


Magnetic separators for ferrous and nonferrous metal removal in processing, compounding, regrind, and recycling.

Rare earth magnetic devices for holy pets, pneumatic lines and processing machinery. Clean Flow drawer-in-housing protects equipment and prevents downtime. Standard and custom solutions available with E-Z clean or self-cleaning options.


FDA-approved silos, portable and stationary in-plant bins, box dumpers and tilters, screw-conveying systems for difficult-to-move materials. Extensive line of batch mixers.


Information on Italian companies offering equipment for conveying, loading and storage.


Mucon iris diaphragm valves provide flow control of powders and granules. Valves are suitable for numerous applications, most commonly debagging and controlling flow from IBCs and containers. Valves range in size from 2- to 18-in. diam. and can be hand, pneumatic or electrically operated. Come in many materials for use in food, chemical, or pharmaceutical applications.


Positive-pressure conveying systems, fans, filters, diverter valves, airlocks, cyclones, Dust Duct, Speed Spout, and Multi Aspirator air classifiers. Multi Aspirator removes fines from virgin or regrind and is a multipass cleaner with no moving parts. It separates light material from heavy based on different terminal velocities. Air flow is adjustable to vary the amount of fine material removed.


Controlled-speed gravity-flow conveying and storage systems for material on pallets; powered roller conveyors with cases, totes, light pallets, and slip sheets for point-to-point transfer and/or accumulation; metal belt conveyors for heavy-duty applications; vertical conveyors; snap-in wheel-and-bracket units for lightweight gravity conveying (1-in. O.D.); antifriction gravity conveyor wheels; multidirectional wheels; and complete turnkey systems.


Hurricane integral hopper loaders, which are closed-loop filterless, multistage, high efficiency cyclones, have no filters and require no compressed air. Closed-loop air system eliminates dust in work environment and ensures conveying of dried hygroscopic materials with dry air.

Standard equipment includes remote programmable controller with security to inhibit tampering, stainless-steel adjustable pick-up tube, heavy-duty grounded vinyl hose, low-level hopper alarm, remote shutoff to prevent loading while pickup tube is out of material, high-temperature shutoff valve, stainless-steel hose clamps, and rugged construction of 0.100-in. spun aluminum.

Hurricane central systems and railcar unloaders to 60,000 lb/hr have programmable, solid-state controls and modem for phone troubleshooting and reprogramming. No filters, no compressed air, open- or closed-loop. Available in aluminum, steel, or stainless with all of the same features, benefits and options as on the integrals.

Supplies "smart" and "smarter" systems for monitoring and controlling an entire pneumatic conveying system. A smart system has an Allen-Bradley communications cable to control a conveying system including 19 pickup points and 47 destination points. Status of every piece of equipment in the plant can be monitored by model from offsite locations.

The "smarter" system builds upon the "smart" system. Batch weights are connected to the PLC providing remote inventory control of all material movement in the plant. Monitoring is done on an office display controller and again by remote modem. User can oversee material selected, how much was put in and at what time it was put in. System can totalize and even calculate silo consumption. Using a modem, information can be monitored from any remote location.


Mini-feed hopper loader MF95 is air-powered for up to 200 lb/hr. Mini-feed hopper loader MF98 is a single-phase vacuum loader for up to 400 lb/hr.

Con-Evator hopper loaders have a three-phase motor driving a high-efficiency turbine, reversing each cycle to clean the large polyester filter. Six models from PGT4 at 570 lb/hr to the SF4 at 3700 lb/hr. All have adjustable suction time and filter for reverse air flow.

Ratio-Selector (RS) for virgin/regrind metering is attached to vacuum-hopper-loader inlet. Feed oscillates according to adjustable preset ratio.

Centrally controlled automatic materials-handling scanning system has basic solid-state, 24-v controls for eight or 16 feeder bowls and can be extended in multiples. High-quality cast-aluminum feeder bowls come in four sizes.


Pneumatic-loading equipment includes self-contained units with capacities to 1500 lb/hr and central-loading systems with capacities to 24,000 lb/hr. Turnkey systems controlled automatically by mechanical timers or PLC controllers.

Material-storage equipment includes custom made silos and surge bins sized from 30 lb and up. Can be fitted with metal separators, mixers, blending and weighing devices, FDA-approved interior coatings, and installation.


Custom-built liquid bulk-storage systems. Tanks supplied in carbon steel with plascite lining or stainless steel in sizes to 30,000 gal. Temperature control and tank agitation available. (See ad p. 211.)


Scales and related weighing equipment include bench and floor scales, indicators, load cells, balances, load-cell mounts, junction boxes, counting scales, portable scales, check weighers, precision weights, drum scales and batching equipment.


Dilute-phase and dense-phase pneumatic-conveying equipment for pellets and resins, fillers and modifiers, vacuum or pressure service, or a combination. Components include vacuum loaders, pressure and vacuum blower packages, dense-phase (batch and continuous), rotary airlock valves, blade-line diverters, parallel-tunnel diverters, scale valves, scale hoppers, filters, and complete process-control capabilities.

Typical applications are for railcar unloading, storage of in-plant processing, regrind conveying, and PVC compounding. Transfer rates from 500 lb/hr to 50 tons/hr in 2- through 14-in. diam.


Hopper magnet housing provides protection against tramp iron and fine iron contamination. Two rows of 1-in.-diam. stainless-steel tubes packed with permanent magnets slide easily in and out of a mild-steel housing. Located directly over machinery orifices and below material openings, all materials must pass through a magnetic field that attracts and holds ferrous contamination. Transparent plastic drawer front enables operator to observe material flow and check for accumulated tramp iron. Mounting holes predrilled to fit customer's equipment. Special mounting plates also available. Heavy-duty construction supports weight of loaded hoppers and secondary equipment.


Clear-Vu vacuum-loading system for beside-the-machine conveying of pellets and regrind up to 3000 lb/hr. Clear plastic filterless receivers offer direct view of the loading action to aid adjustment of fill settings. Portable central power unit is available with different blower sizes and comes with an easy-access dust collector. Microprocessor controls up to eight stations and features "Autofill" circuitry for setting fill times. Load-failure alarm is standard.

MPL venturi loader automatically loads color and other additives or materials at up to 200 lb/hr. Available with an alarm, and process shutdown feature, which shuts off the flow of material to the press, preventing production of off-color parts.

Windows-based MLAN software provides remote monitoring and control of all Maguire gravimetric blenders and volumetric feeders and liquid-color pumps that are equipped with the company's Direct Entry Controller. Provides an overview of job status and materials usage at up to 256 blenders and feeders.


Mechanical conveying equipment for handling bulk materials from large lumps to fine powders. "Curve Flight" apron feeders/conveyors handle abrasive, hot, jagged, or sticky materials. Also semi-bulk bag unloader flames. Conveyors include troughing belts in channel or truss flames for stationary, portable, shuttle, or radial stacking. Volumetric and gravimetric feeders include apron, belt, screw, or rotating disc.

Centrifugal or continuous-type bucket elevators with buckets on belt or chain for gentle handling of pellets to handling abrasive hot materials. Sandmeister feeder/spreader evenly spreads free-flowing additive and sand-like materials across the face of conveyed materials. Semi-bulk bag unloading and metering equipment includes frames and agitator bases. Frames support bags with hoist beam or pallet rack, and the variable-speed, cradle-type agitators ensure the flow of powdered or granular materials from bulk bag to surge hopper.


Matcon Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) systems discharge materials from portable bulk-storage containers. Using Matcon's patented discharger/valve principle, each IBC has an "in-bin" cone valve at its discharge outlet. When the IBC is placed on its mating discharge station, the inverted cone connects with a probe within the station. Probe pneumatically raises the cone into the material and vibrates it, causing the material to break up and flow through the annular gap created by the lifted cone. Varying the cone's height and lift time allows for accurate metering of the material being discharged. Weigh frames and controllers are available for accurate hatching or continuous feeding. Because the cone and probe create a dust-tight seal, IBCs can be filled, transported, and discharged with no dust contamination. Partially filled IBCs can be removed from the station with total containment of product. Containers are of stainless steel, mild steel or polyethylene with capacities in excess of 100 cu ft.


Designs and builds custom materials-handling equipment, as well as fully integrated systems.


Jet Loader series of vacuum hopper loaders includes a brushless vacuum pump with a 10-yr expected life and no maintenance. Smallest model pulls up to 180 lb/hr from a distance of 100 ft and will operate on 230 or 460 v. Filtration at floor level for safe and quick maintenance. Optional cyclone can be added for collecting dust and fines. Unit is suitable for conveying regrinds or helping to clean up virgin resins. A two-port valve is said to allow one Jet Loader to do the work of two conventional loaders.


Line of rotary lobe, positive-displacement blowers for pressure and vacuum conveying. Capacities from 20 to 9000 cfm and pressure to 18 psig single stage/40 psig two stage and to 18 in. Hg single stage. Options available to allow blowers to operate in high-temperature or high-performance regimes with lube systems and oil-cooling systems for continuous service. Standard and custom packages available, including options to minimize noise levels.


All-metal detection/separation equipment includes systems for free-fall inspection, conveyor belts, in-line (vacuum or pressure), or manual inspection tables. Pulse Induction Technology and flexible coil design require very little or no metal-free area. Coils installed easily without major modification to existing conveyor frames. Specialized coil designs developed for virtually all leading conveyor models. Low-cost systems allow for inspection of product in applications where multiple units are involved. Good means of protecting granulator blades from tramp metal.

Custom-built, high sensitivity tunnel coils offered in analog and digital systems. Simple free-fall units, suitable for inspecting reground or virgin material, separate metal contaminants (ferrous or nonferrous) from product stream without manual intervention.


Noncontacting ultrasonic level measurement systems for solids and liquids to 200 ft; process sensors for process and machinery monitoring; dry solids flow-meters for inline weighing of free-flowing, dry bulk materials conveyed in pipes and chutes; conveyor belt scales for weighing material on conveyors; and motion sensors for monitoring and protecting rotating and reciprocating equipment.

Ultrasonic transducer design combined with patented echo processing techniques permits reliable level measurement of plastic powders and pellets where dust and high angles of repose are present. Units available for 1 to 60 vessels with a single set of electronics. The Probe offers noncontacting liquid level measurement in one vessel at ranges to 26 ft and is available with Hart communications protocol. Dolphin communications software allows automatic parameter setup and downloading for ultrasonic level measurement instruments.

New SmartLinx allows direct connection to Allen-Bradley RIO ("blue hose") or Profibus-DP, providing access to all data from the instrument, including process measurements and device status. SmartLinx also allows the control system to change device operating parameters and eliminates the need for secondary "private" buses and gateways.


Level, flow and particle emission monitors for powder/bulk solids include full line of electronic and electro-mechanical level devices, ultrasonic continuous level devices, microwave flow-monitoring devices, and particle emission monitors.


Couplings, tube bends and other components for pneumatic handling systems and industrial vacuum applications available for quick shipment. Components include compression couplings; Quickon II couplers; long radius tube bends; straights; tees, wyes and laterals; sight glasses; PVC hose; and vacuum tubing and fittings.


Drum-handling equipment for fiber, steel, and plastic drums includes drum hand-trucks, dollies, cradles, and bung wrenches. Hoist attachments for moving upright drums and raising drums for controlled pouring. Wheeled lifters have simple mechanical action for low-height pouring. Also manual hydraulic lifters for controlled drum pouring at heights to 5 ft and over. Power options with a choice of air, battery, or a-c motors.


Conveying line systems feature rugged, high-quality components for advanced system designs. Each component is designed to be an integral part of a flexible, low-maintenance, high-efficiency materials-handling system. Systems powered by quiet central-vacuum blower, which has no belts or lubrication needs, and are protected by a central filter.

Patented filterless vacuum receivers in various sizes and configurations. Silver Bullet and MetroVac receivers mount on the press throat, eliminating the discharge valve and allowing a small head of material to be kept over the throat - advantageous to molders concerned with quick material changes, material waste, and quality of dried materials.

Filterless vacuum receivers do not require a blowback or vacuum-break sequence, virtually eliminating maintenance and cleanup. MetroVac receivers feature an inlet/outlet cover, which can be rotated for easy installation, and a sightglass body in various sizes. High quality components and rugged, plated steel bodies assure low maintenance. Five-year warranty on receivers. (See also Metering and Feeding.)


Vacuum, pressure, and vacuum/pressure conveying systems, blenders, additive feeders, and mixing chambers. Custom weigh-scale systems, weigh hoppers, and in-plant surge bins. Outdoor storage silos in welded, bolted, or corrugated form. Equipment can be bought individually or as a complete system with all interconnecting piping, fittings, and hangers.


Bulk materials-handling equipment and solids-processing equipment include container dumpers and tilters, mixers and blenders, mechanical conveyors, storage equipment, and bag-handling equipment. Also a full line of pneumatic conveying components and accessories. (See also Compounding, Mixing, Blending Systems.)


Designs and builds components for complete conveying systems or retrofits existing systems. Systems or components for railcar loading/unloading, track unloading, dilute- and dense-phase pneumatic conveying include bulk-storage silos, dust-collection units, semi-bulk bag fillers, micro-ingredient weighing/feeding controller, vacuum pellet and powder receivers, E-Z flow hoppers, and repair service and spare parts.


New Clean-Sweep cyclones with high-static fans remove medium to heavy scrap particles at reduced operating costs. Four models offer air capacities from 1500 to 8500 cfm.


Automatic conveying systems centrally controlled by microprocessors are expandable and cost-effective. MCS-206R and 216R models have a microprocessor controller with a 32-character LCD, remote regenerative blower, cyclone filter, and 6 to 16 vacuum stations for capacities to 1500 lb/hr. MCS-206 and 216 models also have a microprocessor controller, 3- to 25hp vacuum power unit, cyclone filter, and 6 to 16 vacuum chambers for capacities to 12,000 lb/hr. Four other expandable conveying systems provide 1-8, 1-16, 1-24, or 1-32 stations for capacities to 50,000 lb/hr. These consist of a PLC-driven controller with 80-character vacuum-fluorescent display, which automatically operates up to three vacuum power units with cyclone filters and 1-32 vacuum chambers.

Railcar unloading vacuum/pressure systems to 100 hp move pellets to outside silos or large surge bins. In-plant vacuum power units to 25 hp with microprocessor controls convey material through vacuum loaders to drying hoppers, blenders, and/or processing machines. All vacuum loaders with capacities from 1/8 to 5 [ft.sup.3] are self-cleaning, proportional mixing loaders with adjustable load, dump, and air-pulse cycles, and solid-state controls.

Hoppers in standard configurations and capacities from 15 to 10,000 lb or more. Hoppers to 1000-lb capacity have patented stainless-steel tubular air diffuser, which provides more uniform air flow and is easily removed for quick changeover and cleanout.

RRB (remote regenerative blower) for moving pellets or regrind generates vacuum through a centrifugal blower with quiet brushless motor. Also silos and surge bins in custom or standard configurations. (See ad p. 280-Tab.)


Electronic weigh scales for materials handling, formulation, and data collection. Included are bench scales and precision toploading and analytical balances.


Plant-wide air systems to remove trim waste handle a wide range of densities, shapes, and types of plastic flash; film, foam, and sheet trim; and rejects. Automatic systems handle empty bags from compounding stations. The empty bag is lifted into a hood where a proximity switch vacuums the bag and surrounding fugitive dust. Bag is transported through closed overhead pipes to a separator where air can be directed to a filter stage or to the atmosphere. Bags can be directed to a horizontal baler or a collector for recovery or refuse pickup.


Enclosed bucketless conveyors move any 3/8-in.-mesh granulate, powder, slurry, or liquid quickly and economically. Typical applications include silo loading and unloading, in-plant transfer, and railcar or truck loading/unloading. Conveyors are totally enclosed and dust-tight. Housing can be of carbon steel or stainless steel. Conveyors sized to specifications in inclined, vertical, top or bottom dog-legs, and "Z" configurations. Belt specifications include standard black, high-temperature, and FDA white.


Optiload venturi hopper loader (with no motor or brushes) conveys material using air-venturi action. Unit is quiet and lightweight and easy to place on machine hopper or throat. Receiver is stainless steel and available with sightglass to mount directly on machine throat, minimizing material inventory at the machine and facilitating quick material changes. Options include suction box, "bullet" magnet, granulator exhaust assembly, remote filter, and wand vibrator. Micro loader for natural material available for very small machines and color additives.


Trim pick-up and handling systems and complete filtration systems from simple single cyclone applications to multisilo separation/filtration. Trim-handling systems include both in-line and venturi style. Venturi-style trim-removal system continuously conveys trims to a granulator. In-line cutter/blower system conveys edge trim from a slitter and prechops it for extrusion. Both systems can be custom designed. Two systems mount on cyclone for filtering regrind: manual vertical-sleeve collector (VSC) system and automatic, self-cleaning rotary drum filter system.


Turnkey pneumatic-handling systems for granulates, powders, and other nonfree-flowing materials such as regrind, pigments, Ti[0.sub.2] and calcium carbonate. Systems range from simple hopper loaders to complex microprocessor-controlled distribution and batch-weighing systems for up to eight ingredients with an accuracy of [+ or -]0.25%. Metering occurs on a signal from either the controller, molding machine or film line, or in conjunction with extruder speed. Vacuum or pressure systems for rates to 200,000 lb/hr and sizes from 1 to 500 hp available. Phillips-style blending silos to 250,000 lb; welded and bolted silos to 1-million-lb capacity.

Filtration devices use various filter media and pulse-jet blowback for maintenance-free filter cleaning. Automatic bulk-bag unloading systems, bag-dump stations, surge bins, and various types of receivers.

Full controls for SPC and SQC available with RS232 and IEEE488 interfaces. Systems may include centralized production control at various locations throughout a plant or outside the plant via modem.


Pneumatic-conveying components and systems. Rotary positive blowers and vacuum pumps in a variety of sizes. Airlocks, diverter valves, scale valves, and control panels offered separately or integrated into custom systems. Railcar unloaders and in-plant transfer systems are typical. Filters and filter receivers using porous polyethylene filter tubes help reduce size and cost of components. Bin dischargers remove air-activated powdered materials from silo bottoms. Noise enclosures reduce noise from positive-displacement blowers.


Factory-coated, field-erected, bolted and shop-welded storage tanks made of carbon steel, stainless steel or aluminum. Broad range of coating systems offered for carbon steel. In-tank blending systems utilize Gravi-Merge blend technology that combines air and gravity flow blending, as well as lower-cost straight gravity blending. Size of storage vessels and blenders range up to 38-ft diam. hopper bottom and 200-ft diam. flat bottom. Tanks can be skirt-, structure- or leg-supported.


Anti-static gravity deduster removes fines up to 35 parts/million at less than 0.1 microns. Units specifically designed to match plant capacities and available space. Capacities range from 500 to 200,000 lb/hr. Features include low maintenance; a fan, which is the only moving part; easy clean-out; and a removable door. Reverse pulse cleaning kit for filter is available. Options include top loading bag-house filter for heavy fines and special design for addressing streamers.


Specializes in industry standard reusable plastic containers for all phases of materials handling - shipping, storage, work-in-place, and distribution. Products include Xytec collapsible pallet containers and lids, 48 x 45 in., 48 x 40 in., 32 x 30 in. and highwall series; fixed wail pallet containers and lids, 48 x 44 in. and 42 x 29 in. series; plastic pallets, stack and nest containers, modular totes, and bulk containers. ISO 9001 certified.


Vacuum conveyor line for applications where sparks must be avoided runs off compressed air and utilizes patented multi-ejector-style vacuum pump, which allows high flows of air and material. Minimal compressed air is used. Design also provides clean, maintenance-free conveying of bulk powders and particulates. With the vacuum, materials will not escape the system if leaks occur. Conveyors are modular and of high-grade, polished stainless steel for wear resistance. The conveyor has a filter of either sintered HDPE or Gortex. Units can be equipped with extra-sterile filter for filtration of asbestos and toxic materials. Max. capacity of 24,000 lb/hr.


PPE HL-1 hopper loader features solid-state control system with fully adjustable solid-state timer for maximum full variable conveying capacity. HL-1 has rated capacity of 540 lb/hr at 10 ft vertical and 10 ft horizontal and conveys material as far as 100 ft horizontal and 40 ft vertical. Other features include solid-state relay, two-stage motor with quiet bypass, on-demand cycle control, diaphragm filter, spun aluminum construction, circuit breaker on side of control panel, function indicator lights, and 36-in. material probe with 10-ft vacuum hose.

BT1600 floor-level pneumatic box tilter automatically handles material boxes up to 44 x 44 in. weighing 1600 lb, using standard shop air. Material pick-up probe holder adjusts from 35 to 57 in. above platform. Also 52 [degrees] maximum flit angle, 1-in. sleeve-bearing pivot, safety tilt stop, hand knob operator, automatic tilt-pressure regulator that adjusts air pressure to lifting weight ration, and optional foot pedal and vibrator package.

BT2000 low-profile pneumatic box filter handles loads up to 2000 lb. Includes an adjustable material pick-up probe holder, 52 [degrees] tilt angle and a hand knob operator. Operating pressure rating is between 60 and 100 psi. (See ad p. 220.)


Materials-handling, conveying, and loading systems include flexible hopper loaders suited for powders and mixes of virgin/regrind/additives.


Pneu-Con line of pneumatic conveying equipment includes self-contained loaders, JIT loaders, central-powered systems, volumetric and gravimetric blenders, vertical blenders and silos. Specializes in complete systems.


Supplies mechanical and electrical design, fabrication, and installation of automated materials-handling, storage, and processing systems. Systems and equipment include adding minor ingredients (wet or dry); automatic batching, pneumatic conveying (dilute and dense phase), mechanical elevating and conveying, bulk truck and railcar loading/unloading, mixing/blending, process automation, bulk storage, and weighing.


Complete pneumatic materials-handling systems, individual system components, and system controls ranging from manual operation to PLC.

Components include airlock rotary valves, diverter valves, Series 2400 in-plant transfer systems, separators and receivers, blower packages, railcar unloading systems, feeders, mixers, dryers and drying hoppers and storage tanks.


Specializes in custom-engineered pneumatic materials-handling equipment that includes vacuum and pressure systems with throughputs from 200 to 30,000 lb/hr. Standard range of pumps is complemented by accessories including vacuum receivers for pellets, regrind, and powders; cyclones; and standard and customized pipe fittings. Director Series conveying system sequencing panels use programmable controllers to provide automatic control of multiple vacuum receivers.

Integrated, whole plant materials-handling systems use standard and custom components. Resins are conveyed from railcars or trucks to storage silos and from storage to multiple plant locations for further treatment such as blending with gravimetric blenders, and then delivered to the use point. All sizes of storage bins and silos available. Extensive testing and engineering facilities ensure system performance. Turnkey installation available for all systems.


Electromagnetic and permanent magnetic separators remove fine to large ferrous contaminants from powders, granules, and liquids. Pre-engineered for easy installation in round, square, or rectangular openings. Custom designs and product testing available.


Standard units and total pneumatic materials-handling systems for capturing, conveying, and depositing trim and waste materials. Venturi eductor unit allows handling continuous ribbon or trim, while a variety of trim choppers, waste shredders, granulators, and in-line materials-handling fans permit material to be transported in piece form. Air/material separators custom engineered and include traditional separators such as cyclones, perforated elbows, and QCR (Quickdraft Cylindrical Receiver).


Dry-air resin conveying for industrial and medical applications. Features "coax" piping for clean plant layout. Complete system design and manufacture available.


Line of vibratory feeders and conveyors custom built at feed rates from 1000 to 6000 lb/hr. Automated bag/box weigh-tilling vibratory system eliminates net weighing. Patented design will get 20-50% more material into a container and requires less storage/transporting space.


Industrial weighing equipment from individual weighing components to complete turnkey weighing solutions. Allen-Bradley programmable indicators control up to 16 load cells on four separate channels. Digital filtering eliminates vibrational effects and minimizes settling time, while programmable relays provide localized control of filling, mixing, and dispensing.

Weighing assemblies offer weight-derived process and inventory control in capacities from 11 to 100,000 lb. Available with NEMA 4X/IP66 enclosures and stainless-steel load cells. Shock-absorbing platforms resist overload and impact forces. Flexible digital process controllers provide hatching and weight-derived process control with customized software/hardware and interfaces to plant-wide PLCs and PCs.

S&S ELECTRONICS OF AMERICA INC. See Millennium Industries, Inc.


MES metal separator with no moving parts is installed directly onto throat opening of the injection machine or extruder. It can handle a slow-moving material column, replaces drawer magnets, and is only five in. high. Rapid Compact metal detector/separators are intended for use in gravity applications.

Metal separator systems include SF, DF and GSF for in-line installations onto vacuum or pressure conveying lines. MSG series of tunnel and flat metal separators installs onto belt conveyors to check material before grinding or finished products before shipping.


Metal detector for detecting all types of metal (nonferrous, ferrous and stainless steel) in a moving stream of resin pellets or powder. Highspeed reject valve diverts contamination as small as 0.3 mm (0.12 in.) from the main flow. Monitoring system confirms valve has worked.

Detector is microprocessor-based and can be changed easily. All modules are interchangeable. Auto-balance and crystal-frequency control give highest sensitivities of all types of metal. Performance is permanently maintained without periodic adjustment or false rejects. Reliability of the unit is unaffected by surrounding metal structures or electrical interference. When additional security is required, optional reject confirmation will sound an alarm if metal is detected or the reject mechanism fails to respond within a preset time.


Screw and drag conveyors, bucket elevators, screw feeders, belt conveyor idlers, inclined tubular screw conveyors, screw lifts and hydraulic truck dumpers. Most products can be produced in carbon, galvanized or stainless steel, Cor-Ten, Monel or Incoloy to meet varying requirements.


Aero-mechanical and flexible screw conveyors for powders, granules, pellets, flakes, and fibers. Also a wide range of bulk-bag unloading and filling systems.


All components of WINS pneumatic conveying system fabricated from borosilicate glass tubing offers visibility and resistance to abrasion. System includes built-in wear indicator to warn for failure of components. It is suitable for transporting engineered pellets or any other abrasive material and available in sizes from 1 to 6 in. Components come with built-in grounding to eliminate static charge.


Air-handling systems handle regrind, pellets, bottles, tabs and tails, finished parts, vacuum-form skeletons, and continuous edge trim.


Magnetic housings trap and separate ferrous fragments from any nonferrous material. Housings protect machinery by filtering out undesirable contaminants, producing a purer, cleaner product. Units ruggedly constructed to support weight of material hoppers, dryers and mixers.


Met-Sep nonferrous metal separators for free-falling pre- and post-consumer regrind, virgin pellets, and pulverized regrind. Units operate without compressed air and are equipped with stainless-steel reject tube and material exit ports, incremental LCD reject counter/reset key combination and audible horn. Feature adjustable detection time and sensor sensitivity settings. Capacities from 300 to 3000 lb/hr with a metallic impurity sensitivity as low as 0.5-mm sphere ball diam. based on a material bulk density of 34 lb/[ft.sup.3].

Fine-Sep plastic fines separators for free-falling dry pre- and post-consumer regrind and virgin pellets. Fines and dust are air-washed from the stock. Units are made of mild steel and are equipped with an air-washer, suction fan, and dumper valve that allows adjustment of the air stream. The preset suction air stream on the air-washer determines the amount and particle size of the impurities that would be separated. Capacities from 300 to 3000 lb/hr. Options include static eliminator and stainless-steel components. Can interface with Met-Sep separators.


Line of horizontal, incline, and horizontal-to-incline conveyors constructed of steel and extruded aluminum. Models equipped with stainless-steel belt pans, antistatic PVC belting material, Allen-Bradley controls, permanently lubricated all-enclosed bearings, V-belt guidance system, self-tensioning design, horizontally and vertically adjustable legs, anti-slip roller design, and fan-cooled motor.

Also line of automated box/tote filling stations by weight or cycle count available in in-line, side-by-side, or over/under configurations. (See also Parts-handling Equipment.)


Automated bulk storing, pneumatic handling, conveying, blending, drying and loading systems unload rail cars or trucks and feed blended, dried, and preheated raw material directly into molding machine or extruder hopper.

Belt conveyor systems, pallet tilters that tilt automatically when the center of gravity shifts to help draw the last bit of material from a container, and beside-the-machine serf-contained material loaders. (See also Metering and Feeding and Resin Dryers.) (See ad p. 289.)


Standard line of conical hoppers in diam. of 6, 9, 12, 14, 16, 20, 22 and 24 in. with various straight-wall heights. Hoppers include 0.5-in. flange and a 60 [degrees] included angle. Stocked units come in stainless steel of various gauges. Aluminum and steel available on special order. Additional fabrication options include brush-polish finish inside, outside, or both; custom trimmed small-end opening; plasma or laser-cutting holes and slots to specification; and rolling and welding cylinders to basic cones for greater wall heights. Matching stocked stainless-steel lids available.


Vacuum and pressure pneumatic conveying systems. On-the-press, self-contained vacuum loaders and central conveying systems service to unlimited individual delivery points. Bulk material storage silos and railcar unloaders offered as basic equipment packages or as completely engineered and installed plant systems. Self-contained vacuum loaders convey up to 1200 lb/hr at distances approaching 60 ft. KFG-50 loader comes with a clear-view throat. Central in-plant conveying systems run up to 20,000 lb/hr at distances to 500 ft.

Maxi-Vac vacuum-loading system is a regenerative pump unit driven by 230-v or 460-v three-phase motor in 1.5 or 3 hp. Designed for the cellular plant layout, unit uses minimum floor space, while delivering maximum material conveying. Capable of single- or multiple-station loading, Maxi-Vac is suitable for "up-and-in" applications.

Operator configurable 82i vacuum system control can control one or two vacuum pumps and up to eight individual stations. Either pump can operate any station. No additional wiring required. Optional dual-ratio control for all stations can be added to central panel.

Omni III microprocessor controls feature alarms to monitor system's performance and can control several individual systems through one central controller. Wide range of modular vacuum receivers allows flexibility in handling material from small injection molding machines to high-throughput extrusion lines. Railcar unloaders with single- or double-blower vacuum/pressure systems accommodate conveying distances exceeding 1000 ft.

Echo control system features a truly distributive control and differs from other microprocessor and PLC controllers where a central panel controls an entire system. It supplies an independent module at each device location (pump, vacuum chamber, blender, etc.). These modules, though independent, are in constant communication with each other via a network link. By operating in a system fail-safe manner, Echo system maintains its integrity in the event of a circuit failure, unlike other PLC and microprocessor controllers where the entire system fails. Simple two-wire communications cable is the only requirement to link devices, greatly reducing the cost of electrical installation and hardware. Modular and flexible, additional devices can be added as the need for manufacturing expansion increases. Total system control from any Smart Station location is featured. Because of the modular design, a central annunciator and panel is supplied for total system overview. A diagnostic module, Doctor Diagnostics, interfaces with each device on the Echo system, monitoring critical system functions, and will try to correct any malfunction.

Quick-material-change systems facilitate rapid changeover. Material or color changes, including hygroscopic materials, can be accomplished in a short time. Broad range of configurations available from local beside-the-press systems to central systems. Material changeover operation can be manual or fully automatic, using a specially designed QMC valve. QMC-I microprocessor controls an entire system, directing the conveyance of materials from as many as 16 different sources to 12 different destinations.


Line of pneumatic conveying systems for bulk solids at up to 100,000 lb/hr. Proprietary designs of diverter valves, low- and high-pressure rotary valves, silo blenders, air classifiers, and other ancillary equipment.


Permanent and electromagnetic separation equipment includes magnetic head pulleys for use in conveyors; permanent and electro-suspended magnets for automatic removal of ferrous material; and permanent and electromagnetic drum separators. Plate and grate magnets used in chute applications with special automatic removal devices. Eddy-current separators for nonferrous metallic removal.


Gantry cranes and accessories load and unload everything from raw materials to finished products to and from storage units, trucks, railroad cars, and barges. Cranes range from 1/2- to 15-ton capacities with heights from 4 to 24 ft and spans to 35 ft. Available wih adjustable or fixed heights and constructed of aluminum alloy, steel, or a combination.


Pneumatic rail unload and machine-load conveying systems for powder or pellets, including vacuum pump packages, filter systems, vacuum-receiver level-control switches, RJ-5 powder filters, virgin/regrind receivers, and pellet receivers. Standard options include sound enclosure, stainless-steel construction, rates to 30,000 lb/hr, internal check valves, dual proportioning valves, and dual inlet valves. Also microprocessor-controlled weigh and volumetric blenders to 5000 lb/hr.

Dense-phase pneumatic conveyors move products at low velocities and high quantities over long distances without product degradation, stringers, fines, heat build-up, or other types of problems incurred in dilute-type conveying.

Construction engineering, turnkey services, and installation.


Integrated materials-handling systems can include computer-controlled interfacing, automated storage and retrieval systems, automatic guided vehicles, belt and roller conveyors, power-and-free conveyors, screw conveyors, and more. Provides concept engineering, computer simulation, training, maintenance monitoring, and turnkey commissioning.


Pneumatic hopper loaders and ratio loaders for up to 450 lb/hr of pellets. Loaders do not require a hopper on the process machine.


Industrial scales include counting scales, bench scales, checkweighers, deck scales, lift-track scales, static or in-motion rail scales, bin/tank/hopper scales, conveyor scales, and truck and crane scales. All major components include strain gauges, load cells, and patented weigh bars. ISO 9001 certified.

WHITLOCK See AEC/Whitlock.


Pellet classifiers designed specifically for plastic pellets remove "oversize" by screening either once or twice for improved short/long removal. Fines removed using wire mesh and/or high-velocity air for statically held fines and ribbons. Available in many sizes from 300 to 30,000 lb/hr.


Pneumatic materials-handling systems include blow-tank (medium-velocity) system for abrasive, heat-sensitive or friable products. Capacities range from 7.5 to 500 cu ft. Systems are constructed of carbon steel, stainless steel, or aluminum.

TransVair dense-phase conveying system provides low velocity for powders and granulates when product degradation must be avoided. Powered by compressed air and automatically controlled to deliver up to 6000 lb/hr.

Closed-loop dilute-phase conveying for hazardous chemicals, hygroscopic materials and dusty products adaptable to edge-trim conveying and used with rotary knife cutters, reduction mills, and machinery requiring an air draw.

Centrifugal-blower dilute-phase system can be positive-pressure, negative-pressure, negative/positive pressure, or closed-loop system. Limited in static pressure capability for short distances.

Combination negative/pressure dilute-phase system for multiple material-entry and delivery points. Applications include drawing materials from several points for batching before processing, and unloading from several points, such as from railcars, with delivery to bulk storage.

Negative-pressure dilute-phase system is especially suitable for conveying toxic material from a number of inlet points to a single discharge point.

Positive-pressure dilute-phase system is designed for conveying a product from a single entry point to one or more destination points. System uses minimum air quantity to move material long distances.
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Heaters and heating elements.
Other parts-handling equipment.

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