Maximise the Floveyor’s efficiency by understanding how the condition and constituency of particularly viscous, abrasive, fragile or lumpy materials might affect the conveyor’s performance, as well as how the conveyor might affect them.
Managing Raw Materials
Managing raw materials
The Floveyor aero-mechanical conveyor is a uniquely effortless conveying system for moving dry powders and a variety of granular materials
Materials with significant moisture content can reduce the effectiveness of aeration in the Floveyor’s fluidizing system. We recommend testing materials with moisture content above 10% to gauge their suitability for aero-mechanical conveying.
Moisture absorbent hygroscopic and deliquescent materials can be handled efficiently provided adequate due diligence is conducted prior to installation and regular inspections and preventive maintenance to remove any internal build-ups is conducted.
Oil content can also impact on Floveyor’s capacity to fluidize a material. Significant oil content can increase the tendency for product to stick and build-up within the Floveyor’s internals requiring additional cleaning provisions. We recommend testing materials with significant oil content for their suitability for aero-mechanical conveying.
The Floveyor’s high velocity transfer can cause waxy products to deposit residue on the conveyor’s internals. This build up can reduce clearances and impact on the efficiency and reliability of the conveyor. We recommend a cautious approach to waxy products which includes testing and extensive due diligence.
Extremes of heat and cold
Floveyors typically operate within ambient temperatures ranges. However, they can handle materials across an enormous temperature range from frozen to above 100°C. That said, it is important to disclose the proposed operating and product temperatures ranges during planning to ensure the correct components are selected.
Floveyors efficient, fluidising technology makes it an ideal conveying solution for many traditionally difficult abrasive products including: salt, sugar, cement and limestone. However, we recommend caution when considering a Floveyor for some very hard and highly abrasive products. A careful review of maintenance costs is essential in determining the Floveyor’s suitability for moving some ultra abrasive materials such as: glass beads, silica, sand and metal grit
The Floveyor is a global leader in gently conveying fragile products. Despite our formidable record and reputation in this area, we cannot guarantee 100% breakage-free materials handling. Therefore during scoping we recommend acceptance testing on samples of fragile materials and signoff on acceptable breakage levels
Lumps can cause blockages during the raw material infeed. Choosing a Floveyor with adequate clearances will minimise the risk of lumpy materials stressing the rope assembly and causing premature failure. We recommend identifying the likelihood of lumps during the design stage, to ensure the correct ancillary grids; lump breakers and sifters are installed to disperse them.
Managing bridging and ratholing
Bridged or compacted material can block the flow of product into the Floveyor, causing low or stalled output.
Some materials are more prone to bridging than others.
We recommend dealing with products susceptible to bridging during the design stage by allowing for adequate hopper valley angles, bin aerators, vibratory knockers and screw feeders, among others.
Managing large particles
Large particle sizes and irregular shapes, such as broken nut shells can often be handled successfully by ensuring adequate clearances within the Floveyor’s internals.
This may mean upsizing to a larger system to gain the required clearances. Sufficient space allows these materials to flow through the system without wedging or damaging the machine or the rope assembly.
Products that cannot be successfully accommodated by increased internal clearances will often lock together and jam against the rotating rope assembly. This will cause operational issues and premature failure of components.
We recommend due diligence including testing particles larger than 15-20mm on any axis prior to installing a Floveyor. Where the particles have dimensions larger than 30mm we recommend using an alternative form of conveying such as a belt or bucket system.
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