Adhering to aero-mechanical conveying design and operational best practices helps ensure that the Floveyor fulfills its potential for high performance hassle free operation. Problems arise when poorly trained operators and maintenance personnel modify the equipment against the operating standards established during the design and planning stage of each custom fit installation.
Set up and run
A guide to diagnosing and eliminating problems
Here is an overview of the key things to consider when installing and operating a Floveyor. While it provides instructions for trouble shooting the most common problems, it is not a substitute for expert technical advice.
Using noise to monitor operations
When processing product, the Floveyor should run silently or with very minimal noise. Any knocking or hitting sounds are indicators that something is wrong.
Typical noise levels
Floveyors generally operate within safe levels for machinery although levels will change according to the types of materials being conveyed.
- Course granular materials – rock, salt, hard plastic granules or small stones – 87dB(A)
- Wheat of similar sized grains – approximately 60dB(A)
- Fine powders such as wheat flour or potato flakes – approximately 50dB (A)
If a Floveyor is used for materials that produce noise levels above regulated limits, it is important to implement work place safety initiatives. Internationally, legislated safe noise levels vary and the end user is responsible for maintaining a safe work environment. If the Floveyor produces excess noise as a result of handling various granules then hearing protection must be used. Alternatively tube lagging can be supplied for noise dampening. Floveyor can assist with various methods for mitigating noise risks.
Excessive or unusual noise may signal a problem such as: a foreign object caught in the conveyor, a vibration caused by a loose fitting, damage to the tube sections or incorrect rope tension.
- Monitor the sound of the Floveyor during production to ensure that noise levels are normal and consistent
- Check the rope assembly, tubes and all the fittings as soon as the Floveyor sounds noisy or clunky
Install adequate venting
The Floveyor displaces air at an equivalent volume to the volume of product being conveyed.
Installing 3rd party equipment up and downstream of the Floveyor can cause problems due to inadequate venting. If the infeed point becomes blocked, return air struggles to pass through the system. This reduces the aeration of the product leading to inefficient operation and reduced output.
Therefore it is good practice to ensure the equipment is adequately vented for optimal performance.
- Ensure adequate venting at the in-feed housing where air is returned from the discharge point of the Floveyor