Bulk Solids Handling & Processing Innovations
Now, the world has serious bench-top powder filler with the capability of cleanly and accurately delivering repeatable small doses of dry powders in amounts of from approximately 1gm. to 180 gm., at fill rates of up to 25 fills/minute, often with Six-Sigma levels of repeat accuracy.
The filling principle employed in the Model 5500/TX is the key to its dose accuracy. Simply stated,
“If we fill a fixed-volume chamber with the dry powdered product, and compact it to a controlled even density, then fully discharge it, the weights of consecutive doses will be extremely close and repeatable.”
The use of a constant vacuum force to compress the powders to a uniform even density is the key to achieving the high level of repeat dose accuracy.
Everything on the Model 5500/TX is directly driven. The Ø6.0” O.D. shuttle disk is driven directly by a programmed stepper motor drive. The product agitator shaft is driven directly by a small A.C. induction gear motor. Absent are the clutches, brakes, belts, pulleys, bearings, and gears that were part of earlier designs. In a sense, you might compare the design technology of the Model 5500/TX to that of the “fly-by-wire” technology that is now employed in many of today’s modern jet aircraft.
We have also taken all of the control relays out of the P.L.C. With no integral mechanical components, the life expectancy of the P.L.C. is significantly extended. Furthermore, there will never be any need to replace an entire, expensive P.L.C. because of an inherent mechanical relay failure. The control relays in the Model 5500/TX are robust, solid-state plug-ins, mounted on easily accessible DIN rail segments. If a relay fails, simply unplug it and replace it.
There are also no mechanical switches to foul. Solid-state sensors are employed throughout for all sensing, i.e., “container-presence”, “product-drop” and “low-hopper-level”.
A front-panel-mounted, full-color, touch-screen HMI allows the user to field-configure its operation by selecting any offie (5) pre-programmed modes of operation. These modes are described as follows.
Choose only the features you need in your filler…
(1) Model 5500/RS rotary shuttle fill mechanism with heavy-duty, stainless-steel mounting base;
(1) Model 4400/VC vacuum console unit with accessory footswitch;
(1) Small product hopper;
(1) A.C. power cable;
(2) I/O signal cables for interconnecting the 5500/RS with the 4400/VC unit;
(1) Vacuum/pressure line;
(1) An externally accessible CAT-5 communications port; (For direct or remote communication with the PLC.)
(1) 4-Pin, 12 mm. output signal cable;
(1) “Product-Dropped” sensor with mating cable.
Since there is no “container-present” sensor included in this basic configuration, the filling cycle is initiated solely by footswitch actuation.
All product contact parts are certified to be made of 316 stainless steel. Full documentation is included. Required tooling is sold as a separate item. (This element plus tooling is all that is needed for filling small pouches or bags.)
At least one set of tooling, comprising a custom Ø6” Shuttle Disk Assembly, is needed to complete the basic filler. The fill chamber is bored and honed to meet the customer’s specific fill weight requirement. Dose weight is fully adjustable over a wide range within the specific chamber size for the tool.
This option Includes the container platform with integral grating assembly; slide-in waste pan; container centering blocks; container present sensor and sensor cable. (This option is normally used for filling rigid containers and requires the column assembly option for mounting.)
This assembly is usedfor filling narrow-mouthed containers or bags with doses of free-flowing powder. (Its use requires the column assembly option for mounting.)
This assembly provides the means for supporting and adjusting the height of both the container platform assembly and the funnel assembly.
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