Newly released from Flexicon, the Twin Bev-Con Flexible Screw Conveyor system is a vital device for transporting bulk materials. With a common hopper and mobile base constructed and attached, this new conveyor boasts ease-of-use and flexibility in adaptation.
Ready to plug-in and run, the self-contained system can fill two vessels with the same material simultaneously. Mounted on a frame with locking castors for in-plant mobility, it can be utilised in multiple locations, and rolled to a wash-down booth.
The hopper is equipped with dual discharge adapters, each of which charges a Bev-Con flexible screw engineered to move free and non-free-flowing bulk materials that pack, cake, smear, fluidise, compress, or are otherwise problematic to convey.
The hopper is designed with a steep backwall and diametrically opposed sidewalls, having panel sections which are skewed outward on a horizontal axis, forming a trapezoidal area. The divergent angles reduce the ability of non-free-flowing materials to establish a bridge between the hopper sidewalls, instead causing material to topple and flow toward and down the steep backwall.
The hopper walls converge to form a trapezoidal inlet to the conveyor interface adapter, which also employs shear planes and vertical walls, to direct material into a rotating flexible screw more positively than with previous rectangular interface adapters.
As material is conveyed, rotation of the screws causes them to self-centre in the polymer conveyor tubes, eliminating or minimising contact with the tube wall, preserving material integrity. The rolling action of material also prevents the separation of blended products comprised of disparate sizes, shapes and bulk densities.
Flexicon’s Twin Bev-Con Flexible Screw Conveyor is suitable for a variety of materials, ranging from chemicals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. It also serves for a variety of food items, such as fruits, nuts, grain, cocoa powder and raw vegetables. Moist, sticky materials won’t pose a problem, thanks to the stick-resistant coating on the conveyor.
The screws are the only moving parts contacting material and are driven beyond the point at which material is discharged, eliminating wear and contamination related to product contacting seals and bearings.
Discharge housings of the conveyors are supported by dual booms cantilevered from the mobile base, allowing discharge of material into processing equipment or storage vessels up to 3.5m above the plant floor.
The hopper has a capacity of 550 litres and is designed with a steep back wall and diametrically opposed side walls skewed to form a trapezoidal area. The divergent angles cause non-free-flowing material to topple into the conveyor charging adapters.
The unit is constructed of 316 stainless steel and features sanitary quick-release clean out caps, quick-disconnect discharge box access covers, wash-down motors, and a stainless control panel with stainless conduit and liquid-tight compression fittings that permit wash down during changeovers and/or when conveying of corrosive materials. HMI controls allow manual and automatic start/stop and speed adjustment.
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