Filter cake with high moisture content is transferred from a hopper using a 3.3m, 300mm screw diameter, twin screw feeder, fabricated in 304 stainless steel to two inclined feeders, which also accept lime from an existing conveyor to homogenise the two powders. The combined powders are then transferred into a granulator via an inclined screw conveyor in 304 stainless steel.
Ajax conducted powder testing to assist in developing the powder handling system. This included bulk density and wall friction measurements, together with shear strength of the filter cake immediately after loading into the hopper and after 16 hours consolidation to represent plant operations.
Commenting, Ajax Equipment’s managing director, Eddie McGee, said “Powders with a high moisture content can cause issues with handling as they are prone to stick to surfaces, possibly leading to clogging and process inefficiency. Ajax’s tests on the filter cake provided useful information on the material’s characteristics, which could be used as a guide to how the material would respond to its environment. Using the test results Ajax designed equipment that works with the materials, resulting in an efficient powder handling system.”
Ajax Equipment Ltd is a specialist manufacturer of solids handling and processing equipment, incorporating Lynflow technology. It has over 40 years experience in the design and manufacture of equipment for a wide range of international organisations involved in food and confectionery processing, pharmaceutical, fine chemicals, waste to energy and ...