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SKIP HIRE SPECIALIST ADDS A JCB LOADALL TO ITS FLEET Northern Ireland-based skip hire specialist CM Skips has added a JCB 550-80 Wastemaster Loadall to the fleet of materials handling machinery operating at its site in Randalstown, near Ballymena. The telehandler will play a key role in ensuring CM Skips’ on-site efficiency and throughput targets are met. It will be used to transfer incoming commercial and household waste from tipped skips to a dedicated sortation area where material is sorted in to different recyclable waste streams and non-recyclable waste. The 550-80 then collects sorted material and delivers it to one of a number of dedicated storage bays at the site where waste is kept prior to being loaded – again using the 550-80 - onto one of CM Skips’ contractor partner’s delivery vehicles before being taken away for recycling.


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On average, CM Skips recycles 90 per cent of all the waste that arrives at its Randalstown site and the company’s contractors recycle at least 80 per cent of all material that leaves the site. The JCB 550-80 is powered by JCB’s new EcoMAX engine to deliver optimum power and productivity, while the machine’s Wastemaster specification means that it is fitted with extra guarding and protection as well as uprated hydraulics – a factor that had a significant influence on CM Skips’ purchase decision. CM Skips’ director, Nigel McKee, said: ““The day-to-day efficiency of our site relies to a great extent on the performance of our handling machinery so we need equipment that operates at full capacity even in the most arduous conditions. Machines in the JCB Wastemaster range are specifically

tailored to meet the demands of tough waste and recycling centre environments, which means their uptime is optimised.” The 550-80 Loadall benefits from a number of advanced features designed to ensure that the telehandler’s operator is comfortable – and, therefore, productive – throughout even the longest and most demanding shifts. For example, thanks to the 55080’s cleverly packaged driveline and sloping bonnet, visibility is excellent, while, the operator cab itself is one of the largest around, boasting the lowest noise levels; excellent air flow, ventilation and demisting; optional air conditioning; fully adjustable steering column and an optional suspension seat. JCB dealer, Dennison JCB, supplied the new vehicle and will also provide ongoing full maintenance support.


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Personnel never have to enter the filter housing for general maintenance or for cartridge filter removal. This provides a much safer and quicker method of filter removal. For fast and easy inspections, a large, quick-opening door allows maintenance personnel to closely inspect each cartridge when required. In addition, any single cartridge can be removed without disturbing adjacent cartridges. Also, each cartridge filter has a unique built-in quarter turn bayonet mount, so no tools of any kind are required for cartridge removal.

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MITCHELLS AND GUTTRIDGE MAINTAIN THEIR QUALITY OF SERVICE BANGLADESH……..a country known for its lush green landscape and numerous waterways, but 15 miles to the east of the capital, Dhaka, is the City Group Economic Zone, which boasts significant manufacturing industries such as water bottling, pharmaceuticals and packaged food. The zone was founded in 1972 and is part of Bangladesh’s successful effort to increase economic wealth in the country. In May this year, two members of Guttridge’s engineering team made the long flight to assist their Mitchell’s colleagues in a dry run commissioning of equipment for an oil seed crushing plant. This was the companies’ first collaboration since the buy-out of Guttridge by Mitchells Group in April 2019. The area is very much East meets West, there are makeshift bamboo scaffolds, held together with ropes, sitting incongruously around the bright blue and yellow modern-day structures. Below the huge silos is the Shitalakshya River, filled with boats and barges transporting goods to and from the city and beyond this, surprisingly close, lie rice fields and shanty towns. The purpose of the visit was to ensure a successful dry run of the machinery that Mitchells had provided and the team at City


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Group had installed. The visit that was planned for 4 days only took 2, due to the efficient installation work by City Group engineers. There is no shortage of manpower in the area as over one third of Dhaka’s hardworking population are employed here and take immense pride in their work. The commissioning consisted, in part, of a dry run start up, alignment/tensioning checks and ensuring that there are no unexpected noises coming from pumps and gear boxes. The huge elevator heads, enormous chutes and conveyors fill the building on an industrial

scale, so it was a great outcome to successfully commission the equipment with only on-site fixes required and all issues being rectified during the visit. Our engineers were generously hosted by City Group in their onsite guest house, with opportunities to see the local town and enjoy traditional Bangladeshi cuisine. A successful outcome to the two day trip ensures that Mitchells and Guttridge maintain their quality of service, showing just how easy it is for us to keep your materials moving world-wide. www.guttridge.com


ACCREDITATION FOR BON-ACCORD TRAINING SETS THE STANDARD FOR MHE TRAINING IN SCOTLAND Bon-Accord Training Ltd, based in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is delivering a consistently high standard of materials handling equipment training to its varied customer based having become an RTITB accredited partner. Founded in 1986, Bon-Accord Training provides skills and safety training across multiple industries, including construction, forestry, oil and gas and aviation. The company trains around 2300 mechanical handling equipment operators across Scotland each year, with courses for Counterbalance Lift Trucks, MultiDirectional Steer, Rough Terrain Telescopic Trucks, Side-Loaders, Pivot Steer Trucks, MEWPS, Pedestrian Pallet Trucks, and more. “Bon-Accord Training became RTITB accredited in May 2019,” explains Laura Nelson, Managing Director for RTITB, the preferred workplace transport training accrediting body. “As an RTITB Partner, Bon-Accord Training can prove to customers that they are a trusted supplier, qualified to deliver professional training of the highest quality and have access to all of the resources they need to deliver standardised, compliant materials handling equipment training.” With clear, intuitive training materials, Bon-Accord Training’s Instructors have started to deliver training quickly after becoming accredited. RTITB provides Instructor

Guides for a wide range of machine types, perfect for their team of multi-disciplined Instructors, all of which include engaging PowerPoint presentations. “Our courses are delivered 100% on customer sites,” explains Carol Gray, Training Manager and Director for Bon-Accord Training. “We’ve found that RTITB training materials are easily adapted to fit these different training environments and facilities, even when Instructors are faced with challenging terrain.” “The modular approach to training also works well for us as our Instructors are rarely in a standard warehouse environment. It allows courses to be created easily and tailored to meet customers’ differing requirements,” she continues. Bon-Accord Training has also signed up to use the unique MyRTITB TrainingFriend app for training administration and assessment. The app, which is only available to RTITB Partners, is designed to save time and money by making training admin and testing completely paperless, saving up to 5 hours per course. “The development of this app is a real positive change and we are excited to see how it can help our Instructors by reducing paperwork,” says Carol. “Plus, it will enhance the training experience and give our trainees a new, user-friendly way to take their tests.” As an accredited partner,

Instructors get all the help and support they need from RTITB’s team, with quick response times ensuring that Bon-Accord Training can respond to customer enquiries quickly. “RTITB’s service team is extremely patient and helpful and they never mind if I need to call several times to check something,” says Carol. “They supported us from start to finish through the Accreditation process and were keen to help us ensure that things were done correctly - I feel like a valued customer.” “We’ve seen standards drop in materials handling equipment and plant training across the industry. However, with their training materials, customer support and commitment to raising industry standards, what RTITB is doing is great for our industry,” she adds. RTITB is widely recognised as the gold standard in workplace transport training accreditation. Materials handling and plant equipment accreditation enables RTITB to support Training Providers with the resources they need to deliver standardised, compliant training. Training Providers also receive free marketing support with a listing in the RTITB Course Locator at www. rtitb.co.uk/course-locator as well as targeted Google advertising campaigns to promote their business at no extra cost. Visit www.rtitb.co.uk for further information.

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BYD BRINGS ZERO-EMISSION LOGISTICS EQUIPMENT TO FRUIT ATTRACTION BYD will be displaying a comprehensive cross-section of its range of latest-generation forklifts and warehouse trucks on its stand (3D12) at Fruit Attraction in Madrid. Renowned as a manufacturer and global supplier of industry-leading pure electric vehicles, the tried-andtested BYD Iron-Phosphate battery technology is at the heart of its range of logistics equipment. All of the forklifts and warehouse equipment on show at Fruit Attraction feature BYD’s industry-leading eight-year or 10,000-hour (whichever comes first) battery warranty. With maintenance-free operation and up to 40% reduction in energy use versus equivalent capacity lead acid battery-powered equipment, BYD trucks are particularly wellsuited for multi-shift applications and enable busy warehouse operators in the fruit and vegetable industry to make an easy investment decision. The line-up of BYD warehouse trucks at Fruit Attraction includes the BYD PTP20S Stand-On Pallet Truck; the second-generation PTP20S is a completely re-engineered highspeed stand-on pallet truck, with top driving speed up to 12 km/h, featuring superior stability, flexibility, and a floating driving system for optimal traction. With a 2000kg load capacity, the compact BYD PTP20S has foldable side bars and platform so can be used in pedestrian mode when operating

space is restricted. It will be joined on-stand by the new BYD PTW20S Pedestrian Pallet Truck; featuring a compact design, great manoeuvrability and an onboard charger as standard enabling charging during transportation, the agile PTW20S is ideal for safe, efficient and silent urban on-truck deliveries as it is relatively lightweight at 500kg, yet offers a generous 2000kg lifting capacity. The third piece of BYD warehouse equipment at Fruit Attraction is the BYD EPS14Pi Stand-On Stacker; this high-speed stand-on stacker with initial lift facilitates the transporting of two pallets simultaneously, and is designed to operate optimally in busy environments. Thanks to its rated lift capacity of 1400 kg and maximum lift height of 5400 mm, it is also proving to be a very popular choice in operations where intense levels of order picking and packing take place. Sharing the same leadingedge lithium iron phosphate battery technology, examples from BYD’s comprehensive range of counterbalance forklift trucks will also be on display on the BYD stand at Fruit Attraction in Madrid. These include the International Forklift of the Year (IFOY) Awardwinning BYD ECB18C 3-wheel counterbalance forklift. Powered by an 80-volt iron-phosphate battery with three phase technology and

capable of lifting 1.8 tonnes to a height of 6 metres, it features LED headlights, full-colour digital display, hill hold feature, curve speed reduction, and advanced telematics as standard. It will sit alongside the acclaimed BYD ECB18DC, a compact 4-wheel forklift designed for handling loads rated up to 1800 kg. It shares the same chassis with ECB18C, delivering the same benefits of lowered consumption, compact design and improved stability. Completing BYD’s line-up on Stand 3D12 at Fruit Attraction 2019 is the BYD ECB25C 4-wheel counterbalance forklift; ergonomically designed to reduce driver fatigue and optimise productivity, the ECB25 offers the lowest-possible cost of operation whilst lifting loads of up to 2.5 tonnes. All BYD counterbalance forklifts feature a comprehensive array of standard and optional features, including finger-tip controls, panoramic mirrors, multiple mast options, cornering speed reduction and regenerative braking system. All BYD counterbalance forklifts are ATEX-ready, and it is the only manufacturer that offers explosionproofing for Zone 1 and Zone 2 with dust and gas operation across its entire range of materials handling equipment, having partnered with ATEX specialist Miretti SpA. “The proven BYD Iron-Phosphate battery system allows tremendous cost savings, offering customers significant investment advantages over the equipment’s operational life when compared to comparable lead acid battery-powered equipment and particularly versus diesel IC machinery,” says Blade Feng, Business Unit Director Forklift at BYD Europe B.V. “We are investing heavily in our dealer network across the Iberian peninsula, and we hope visitors to Fruit Attraction will come to talk to us about how they can form a long-term relationship with us in order to gain a competitive advantage by using BYD products in their logistics operations.” www.byd.com.


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TECHNOLOGY LEADER BYD PROVIDES ZERO-EMISSION HANDLING SOLUTIONS FOR THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE SECTOR BYD, a global leader in zeroemission vehicles, is presenting its innovative technology solutions at Fruit Attraction 2019 with a line-up of electric warehouse equipment and forklift trucks on its stand (3D12). Its expanding range of warehouse and forklift trucks all feature BYD Iron-Phosphate battery technology, making them especially suitable for the fruit and vegetable sector, where high productivity and zero emissions are a must. BYD’s comprehensive range of material handling equipment offer outstanding performance and reliability, amounting to industryleading Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). All of the models on display at Fruit Attraction are powered by BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries, a technology that makes them ideal for use in operations such as food processing and packing, where diesel-powered equipment is not permitted to operate. When compared to equivalent vehicles powered by traditional lead acid batteries, BYD’s industryleading Iron-Phosphate batteries require no maintenance, have a shorter charge time, a longer working life, and use up to 40% less energy. Typically, it takes just one hour to put eight hours’ worth of operational charge into a BYD forklift battery. Furthermore, BYD’s batteries can be topped-up during short breaks in operations, thus guaranteeing maximum uptime at the lowest-possible cost. “At Fruit Attraction, we are seeking to speak with businesses in the food manufacturing, packaging and transport sector that are looking for alternative power-sources to transform their warehouse and loading areas,” says Blade Feng, Business Unit Director Forklift at BYD Europe, “We expect our new, attractive range of Iron-Phosphate material handling equipment to catch the

eyes of visitors, and we welcome the opportunity to speak with them about how a fleet of BYD forklifts at the heart of their logistics operations can help them to find a better solution for their business.” BYD is the global leader of new energy vehicles, and its proven technology is currently deployed at distribution centres, ports, transport service your equipment locally. In hubs and airports across Europe, the unlikely event of your local BYD often operated under challenging dealer not having a critical part in time constraints in extreme stock, BYD’s centrally-located parts conditions. Under normal operating warehouse in Rotterdam ensures conditions, the decision to choose rapid delivery of spare parts, often BYD as a supplier of forklifts will within a 24-hour window. be rewarded by a typical Return www.byd.com on Investment (ROI) of approximately four years. Supported by the assurance of BYD’s industryleading eightyear battery warranty, its Tuf-Lok ring grip pipe and tube couplings are forklifts can rugged, heavy duty, self-aligning and self-grounded couplings with a high end pull. They can be used generate for almost any application where pipe or tube ends considerable need to be connected. The Tuf-Lok self-aligning savings over couplings install quickly and easily with little effort. the course of Features their working • Self-aligning life. BYD forklifts are distributed by a dealer network that currently covers over 90% of the Iberian Peninsula, ensuring BYD has the capacity to supply and

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HYSTER® TRUCKS OVERCOME TOUGH TESTS AT SAND-LIME BRICK FACTORY From large quantities of dust, to extreme temperature variations, Hyster® forklift trucks help overcome the tough conditions at Radmacher Kalksandsteine, a sandlime brick production plant in Wendeburg, Germany.


he family business has been producing sand-lime bricks using only sand, quicklime and water since 1963. The blocks are hardened in 15-bar pressure autoclaves where more than 60 employees ensure continuous production in a three-shift, around the clock operation. Due to the demands of the application, including a climate that varies from -15°C in Winter to more than 30°C in Summer, the business tested various forklifts thoroughly before selecting new trucks.

“NO STONE IS MOVED WITHOUT A HYSTER® FORKLIFT” The sand-lime bricks are manufactured in standard sizes as well as in varying dimensions dependent on customer requirements and specific building plans. Hyster® trucks ensure a continuous, reliable process, from production to storage of the blocks. “No stone is moved without a Hyster® forklift,” says Christian Baars, Production Manager at the plant, who is especially pleased with two new Hyster® H13XM-6 heavy-duty forklift trucks. These trucks, with a lifting capacity of 13-tonnes and a load centre of 600mm, were acquired after testing several different trucks from well-known manufacturers.

HYSTER® TRUCKS HANDLE SLOPES EASILY While all trucks tested performed well when unloading trolleys and equipping saws, one competitor was unable to deliver the required performance working on the ramp. The heavy forklifts, fully loaded with sand-lime bricks, have to manage a short ramp with a grade of approximately 12 percent. Although some competitor trucks with strong engines managed the ramp, they consumed significantly more fuel than the Hyster® H13XM-6, which is equipped with a powerful six-cylinder Cummins QSB 6.7 litre engine. “The engine power was not the only deciding factor though,” says Hyster Dealer Torsten Franke, Managing Director of GS10

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Gabelstapler Service, in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. “The truck has to be a good overall fit, from the 3-speed ZF hydrodynamic transmission to the transmission ratio.”

HIGH PERFORMANCE WITH LOWER FUEL CONSUMPTION “For us, the high-power reserves and low fuel consumption of the Hyster® H13XM-6 were key,” says Christian Baars. “After all the testing, we put the first forklift into use in our sand-lime brick factory in Uslar, and then ordered another 13-tonne truck, with an S + H stone clamp, to use at the Wendeburg plant.” The state-of-the-art heavy-duty trucks, which comply with Stage IV / Tier 4 final requirements, consume around 20 percent less fuel compared to their predecessors. Good all-round visibility is delivered by the ergonomic Hyster® cab, and further enhanced by the VISTA® mast with external chains and three, instead of four, hydraulic lines. The noise level has also been reduced, enabling the driver to concentrate during the shift. Additionally, the wide chassis and wide drive axle ensure maximum lateral stability when using attachments.

PERSUADED BY THE COOL TRUCK AT HYSTER® HUB The business connection between GS Gabelstapler Service and Radmacher Kalksandsteine has developed over 30 years, with the Hyster® dealer offering advice, fast service and relevant solutions. For example, at the Hyster® HUB in Weeze, Germany, Baars was able to learn first-hand about the latest technologies, such as the Hyster® “Cool Truck”. Based on the H4.0-5.5FT product range, Hyster has developed the Cool Truck especially for use in the dusty

BULK MATERIALS HANDLING conditions found in the paper and recycling industry. The Cool Truck has numerous functions and adaptations to prevent the common problem of the motor overheating due to dust deposits. Hyster® heavy-duty forklift trucks, such as the 13-tonne truck at the stone works, are also designed for use in the toughest operating conditions.

PROTECTION AGAINST DUST AND VARIABLE TEMPERATURES To avoid the problems caused by dust, there is an option to extend the air inlet of the pre-filter. This reduces the amount of polluted air that is sucked in when the standard pre-filter is no longer sufficient. An automatic lubrication function can also be installed to keep dirt out. Drivers also benefit from the Hyster® VISTA Cabin which features an easy-to-clean air filter. Temperature fluctuations pose no problem for Hyster® forklift trucks as they leave the factory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, ready to withstand operation at temperatures from -18°C to 50°C.

HYSTER® FORKLIFTS PROVIDE UP TO 3,500 OPERATING HOURS PER YEAR Four Hyster® H3.0FT Fortens ICE forklift trucks are used

by Radmacher Kalksandsteine to their maximum performance, reaching up to 3,500 operating hours per year. The trucks are primarily used to transport the sand-lime blocks around the site. Equipped with Superelastic tyres and the maintenancefree Hyster® Stability Mechanism (HSM), which improves side stability, the rugged Hyster® Fortens forklifts support the heavy demands of the operation. Set to the ECO-eLO fuel efficiency mode, these are among the most fuel-efficient forklift trucks available, another deciding factor for Christian Baars. Visit www.hyster.eu for more information.



eading third party logistics specialist, Great Bear, has introduced a new fleet of Narrow Aisle Ltd’s Flexi HiMAX articulated forklift trucks at its major multi-user hub at Brackmills in Northampton. A total of six Flexi HiMAX models will operate around-theclock at the facility while a seventh ‘sub-core’ truck has also been supplied on a Service Level Agreement low-hours contract to be used as a ‘stand-by’ truck to cover seasonal peaks in demand and to ensure Great Bear has the ability to operate at 100 per cent fleet availability all-year round. The Flexi HiMAX can operate in aisleways as narrow as 2000mm and its design allows pallet loads to be stacked up to 12 metres high at Great Bear’s Brackmills site. Pallet throughput cycles of 30 per hour are being achieved within the facility’s 70 metre long aisles - which compares very favourably with either guided man-up or traditional reach type trucks. In addition, Narrow Aisle Ltd has supplied its newly launched Easi-Change battery changing and management system at the Brackmills hub.  Great Bear’s battery charging bay was completely reconfigured by Narrow Aisle and now just 14 batteries are required to deliver optimal Flexi fleet efficiency 24/7. This means that not only have battery numbers been reduced by 20 per cent but, significantly, overall electricity

consumption within the charge room has been cut by 50 per cent. The Easi-Change system combines the latest battery charging technology with established materials handling techniques. The six-hour high frequency, low energy and low maintenance chargers are all linked to provide fully charged batteries on demand, thereby ensuring that the electricpowered Flexi articulated truck fleet requires the fewest number of battery units to operate at maximum efficiency. Furthermore, because the battery changing process is carried out by just one worker in less than five minutes, truck downtime is minimised Great Bear has acquired the trucks on a five-year inclusive contract rental package that includes all planned maintenance, safety inspections and repairs in one fixed monthly rental charge. www.flexi.co.uk Bulk Solids Today



POLYURETHANE PROTECTS MINING EQUIPMENT FROM HIGH IMPACT AND WEAR APPLICATIONS Polyurethane provides greater resistance to shock and wear than rubber or steel, and can be customized to meet unique specifications Mining equipment must withstand some of the toughest abuse in terms of impact and wear due to the harsh environment and long hours of use. When equipment fails, it can bring production to a halt until it is repaired or replaced, which may take days or weeks in remote locations. This can cost tens of thousands of dollars or more if the equipment is required for excavating, hauling, conveying, or processing. The problem is that traditional materials such as rubber and steel – tough as they are – can become damaged or experience severe wear in contact with a variety of sharp or coarse mining materials. Even traditional liners may not sufficiently protect against damage or abrasion. Fortunately, innovative material polyurethane (also commonly called urethane) withstands severe impact, puncture, cutting, tearing, and abrasion. The material also has the ability to change shape under heavy load pressure, then return to its original shape once the load is removed. In fact, urethane provides greater shock and wear resistance than rubber or steel, and can be customized to meet unique specifications. Because of this, urethane is increasingly utilized in a wide range of mining applications such as impactand abrasion-resistant plates, blasting curtains and screens, conveyor liners/skirtings, haul truck bed liners, and OTR tire sidewall protectors for various vehicles.

VEHICLE TIRE PUNCTURE RESISTANCE Urethane is increasingly being used to protect mining vehicle off the road (OTR) tires from sidewall puncture or damage due to exposure to

rocks, debris, uneven road surfaces, and high bank faces, all the while supporting heavy payloads. Because the environment in which heavy-duty mine vehicles operate is severe, even on the toughest of tires, an innovative urethane protector has been developed that reduces the risk of sidewall punctures on OTR tires. A Michigan-based firm, Argonics, which specializes in high-performance, urethane-based elastomers and is one of the largest producers of wear-resistant and customizable urethane products, has developed this sidewall protection. Their sidewall protector uses a proprietary urethane formulation called Kryptane, which was engineered for extreme wear conditions involving impact, abrasion, or sliding. The sidewall protector comprises eight integrated segments that together with a specially designed ring use 32 bolts to apply to a wheel. The entire sidewall protector can be installed in about 15 minutes once the special flange has been installed by certified personnel. If an individual segment is damaged, an operator can replace just that piece saving the cost of replacing the entire shield. Virtually no maintenance is needed other than to retorque the bolts after 15-20 hours of use – much like when installing new tires on a car. Because of its durable properties, the proprietary urethane is also utilized as mining truck bed liners to absorb shock and protect the truck bed from damage and wear. Such liners outlast rubber and steel and install more quickly than AR steel liners.

CONVEYOR ABRASION RESISTANCE Urethane’s outstanding abrasion resistance is often used to combat severe wear in mining conveyors. In such applications, it withstands abrasive ore, sand, and gravel moving through the conveyor, which can cut and abrade both the steel materials inside, as well as typical rubber skirtings outside that are designed to prevent dust and spillage at transfer points. “Rubber is not as abrasion resistant as urethane, and fancy steel liners do not provide sufficient resistance either,” says Charles Pratt, Operations Manager at Kinder Australia, an independent 12

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ON THE COVER supplier and manufacturer of conveyor and bulk material handling equipment. Pratt turned to Kryptane, which has been utilized for some of the toughest mining applications for over 25 years. “In testing for some mining applications, we found that the urethane skirtings on the outside of a conveyor can last 10-15 times longer than rubber,” says Pratt. “Compared to a steel liner on the inside of a conveyor, a urethane liner can get 5-8 times the life.” Since the urethane has a 60% lower coefficient of friction than rubber, this also means less wear on the liner when the load is discharged as well as less carryback material remaining in the bed.

MATERIAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT THAT WITHSTANDS EXTREME WEAR Mine and quarry bulk handling equipment – such as batchers, bins, chutes, drums, hoppers, turn-heads, dump cones, and belt cleaners – can experience severe wear in contact with a variety of coarse materials, particularly at “hot spots” where excessive abrasion occurs. In such cases, the bare structure of the equipment may not be adequately wear resistant and even traditional steel or rubber protective liners may insufficiently control the abrasion. This can pose a risk of costly spillage through holes and gaps, along with production downtime for repair and clean up. For such applications, sheets made from urethane provide far better wear resistance than more traditional options such as rubber or steel (both AR400 and AR450 plate). Because urethanes also offer significantly less friction than rubber, this not only helps to reduce wear in contact with rough materials, but also improves equipment cleanability, which enhances productivity. This “tougher than steel” liner can be made even more durable with embedded ceramic tiles. It can also be cut from full sheets of various sizes to fit the contours and shapes of high contact areas, so it can easily be welded or bolted to provide extreme wear protection wherever it is required. Urethane with embedded ceramics can be optimized to resist not only sliding abrasion, but also impact, or various combinations of the two. This approach can last up to 10 times longer than steel or rubber alone, and up to 4 times longer than urethane alone. While urethane liners can be cut to fit and installed onsite, custom liners made to fit more complex configurations can increase reliability, simplify installation, and further reduce production downtime.

ADAPTABLE PROPERTIES TAILORED TO THE APPLICATION Because urethane’s properties are customizable over wide ranges of hardness, resilience, spring rate and dynamic

properties, its versatility offers custom mining solutions to difficult design challenges. “Urethane, even in relatively small quantity production, can be adapted and tailored to prioritize the physical properties that mine operators and design engineers need,” says Fred Boyle, senior process engineer at Argonics. Hardness, for instance, is readily adaptable. While most rubbers have a hardness that is typically found between 30 and 80 on the Shore A scale, and structural plastics begin at 55 on the D scale, some urethanes bridge the rubber-plastic hardness range. One proprietary urethane, for instance, offers a wide range of formulations from a 52 shore A to a 70 Shore D to suit a variety of applications. According to Boyle, urethane is also often used to provide a high degree of resilience. This can be done over a long, slow extension or a very quick impact. The material can also be formulated to dissipate the maximum amount of energy, when it is necessary to cushion an object. As such, Kinder Australia’s Pratt looked to a proprietary urethane when a unique combination of attributes was required for mining applications to optimize conveyor skirting so it would not prematurely wear the conveyor belt if rubbed against it. “Argonics was able to formulate a conveyor skirting material that was not only abrasion resistant, but also soft and slippery to minimize any potential conveyor belt wear,” says Pratt. “The urethane is very customizable. For applications such as coal mining, you can also make it resistant to fire and temperature as well as anti-static.” While mine operators are accustomed to traditional materials like rubber and steel, utilizing the superior qualities of urethane for a variety of applications ranging from OTR tire protectors to liners will help to improve safety, productivity, and profit while significantly reducing downtime and premature replacement. For more information, visit www.argonics.com; call 800991-2746; Fax 906-226-9779; email information@argonics. com; or write to Argonics, Inc. at 520 9th St., Gwinn, MI 49841. Bulk Solids Today



EATON’S CMA VALVES DELIVER PRECISE STEERING CONTROL TO FOUR-WAY SIDELOADERS Eaton announces delivery of a valve system to Bulmor GmbH, a leading manufacturer of sideloaders. By specifying Eaton CMA Advanced Mobile Valve with Independent Metering in its new series of four-way sideloader forklifts, the company achieved far superior steering control over earlier systems. For its latest four-way sideloader, which offers customized height and width to help maximize storage capacity, Bulmor sought an electrohydraulic mobile valve capable of overcoming a number of challenges. A key functional requirement was for precise control of the four independently steered drive wheels under various load conditions. As well as safe and smooth load control, the four-way sideloader features a mast shift function that can sometimes suffer from an overrunning condition where load inertia takes over control. Along with this challenge, Bulmor also wanted to reduce energy consumption of the overall machine. The answer arrived in the form of an Eaton seven-bank variable-inlet CMA090 valve, which is configured with Eaton’s Pro-FX® Configure software plus a DPS2-12 differential pressure valve. Chosen for its product performance and flexibility, the advanced CMA mobile valve with independent metering offers a sophisticated technology platform that streamlines and simplifies everything from design and set-up to operation and optimization. “All four wheels must follow a given steering algorithm without any delay or variance, regardless of load conditions,” Bulmor’s Thomas Goesweiner explains. “Here, the CMA valve’s flow control is providing the best steering performance we’ve ever achieved.” The CMA’s integral flow share feature with priority selection for the steering system also eliminates the need for a remote priority valve. In cases where the supply flow is less than that required by the sideloader, this feature ensures power on demand to the steering system. System architecture is further simplified as the single spool operation for the single-acting cylinder reduces the number of valve banks; two banks are effectively combined into one. Eaton’s CMA valve also addresses the challenge of overrunning conditions, whereby the direction of the desired velocity is in the same direction as external forces that can cause loss of load control and unsafe operation, typically during downhill operation or vehicle braking. While most applications use various conventional valves to create the opposing hydraulic force, the CMA valve system applies a load differential calculation to determine if the direction of load is the same or opposite direction as the desired velocity. Through port pressures and the areas on each side of the actuator, CMA valves can 14

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assign the load differential to be either passive or overrunning. For the latter, the control applies a meterout strategy and will hold constant pressure on the upstream port. Regarding efficiency, the CMA valve system continuously monitors the flow balance at the inlet port of the valve set, along with the pressure and temperature of the oil. The valve then controls and modulates the pressure governed by the DPS2 regulator valve with varying logic, thereby reducing the flow margin applied to the sideloader‘s variable-speed pump. Additionally, as the power loss of a priority valve has been eliminated by the integral flowshare feature, CMA valves effectively reduce any wasted energy. The reduction of power losses allows a longer operating time or more load cycles with a single battery charge; the sideloader rarely has to go to the charging station. Furthermore, the lower power requirement reduces the thermal load on the electric drive of the hydraulic pump. This leads to lower operating temperatures of the electrical components; interruption due to high temperatures can be avoided, resulting in higher efficiency and productivity. During field tests, Bulmor measured energy consumption across the machine. The engineering team found that the current draw of the steering system, when compared to earlier systems, had dropped significantly from 300 to 150 amps. The company also calculated a 30 to 40 percent improvement in efficiency - in essence, the less power loss, the longer the machine can remain operational between charges, which maximizes productivity and uptime. Using Eaton’s Pro-FX® technology platform, common application functions can be enabled right on the valve, reducing development time. With electronic tuning, performance parameters can be tested and optimized in seconds, not months, which is a genuine industry differentiator. The CMA valve is the only one of its kind, where it is possible to set system parameters from a laptop, vehicle app or other input device. What is more, advanced control algorithms mean these valves automatically optimize for conditions such as oscillation and vibration, improving control and reducing risk. Aside from forklifts, common applications for CMA valves include concrete pump trucks, refuse trucks, telehandlers, all-terrain cranes, utility trucks, grapples, aerial lifts, drill rigs, excavators, roof bolters, snow groomers, paving machines, reach stackers and more. To read the whole technical solution visit, please visit: www.eaton.com/us/en-us/markets/success-stories/bulmorindustries-gmbh.html


NEW D4PMO MIX PROOF VALVE PROMISES TO BE A WINNER FOR US DAIRY APPLICATIONS SPX® FLOW has announced that it will soon be launching a new valve within its highly successful D4 Series double seat mix proof portfolio. Due for release over the next few months, the new D4PMO valve has been designed specifically for the US dairy market in line with the latest 3-A sanitary standard 85-02 for Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO). The D4 range took SPX FLOW mix proof valve technology into a new generation. The valves, which have been very popular since their release, are now well proven in processes across the beverage, brewery, food, dairy, personal care, and other sanitary applications around the world. They offer reliable separation of dissimilar products during continuous processing, with assured separation of clean-in-place (CIP) fluids. The D4PMO is based on the already proven design of the core D4 mix proof range with additional features to meet PMO standards, such as maintaining zero pressure within the vent cavity and the impingement of CIP fluid during seat lift operation. To manage seat lift detection, the D4PMO valve includes the advanced CU4plus control unit as standard. This unit has an innovative fully integrated position and seat lift detection with internal sensors, which eliminates external wiring to avoid damage during handling or washdown. This smart control unit, combined with the clever design of the valve unit, make the overall D4PMO solution ideal to meet the high integrity demands of the US dairy market. The D4PMO valve is competitively priced and offers dairy businesses a budget-friendly solution to provide reliable processing, excellent cleanability and ease of maintenance. It has a fully balanced design for flexible flow direction without slamming and integrated flow channels for flushing the upper balancer during seat lift movement without the need for full actuation or additional external piping. Chris Sinutko, Global Product Manager - Valves, Food & Beverage, SPX FLOW, Inc., said: “I am pleased with the success we have seen with the core D4 Series valves and this is an exciting new addition to the range. It offers dairies excellent return on investment with all of the features required for ultra-safe operation included within the standard model. The valve design combined with the functionality of our advanced control unit make it a premium valve of choice for the industry.” For ease of installation and service, the valve is light weight and uses a common seal kit across multiple size ranges. Based on a combination of expertise and 16

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experience from the SPX FLOW Waukesha CherryBurrell® and APV® brands and proven performance of the standard D4 valve model, the D4PMO promises to be a reliable, efficient and safe workhorse for the dairy industry. It is manufactured in the USA, at the SPX FLOW state-of-the-art facility in Delavan, Wisconsin and supported by a close network of sales and service partners across the USA. www.spxflow.com


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SPX® FLOW APPOINTS ASSETT MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AS A CHANNEL PARTNER SPX FLOW has announced the strategic appointment of Assett Mechanical Engineering, also known as AME Pump Specialists, (AME) as its new channel partner in South Australia for its APV® and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell® (WCB) product lines. AME is a well-established pump specialist in the region and this new appointment will enhance the sales support available for SPX FLOW customers in the area. Founded in 1981, AME has long served the South Australia region with an excellent reputation for integrity. It will hold stock of spares and components for SPX FLOW APV and WCB brand products, including pumps and valves. It has great experience in pumping and valve solutions, highly skilled personnel and facilities in both Adelaide and Whyalla. Jason Westwood, VP Sales SPX FLOW AsiaPacific said: “Consistent with our strategy to support customer needs and extend our reach we have accelerated our channel partner program throughout the region. Our goal is to enhance access to our wide sanitary and industrial product portfolio. I am delighted to welcome AME to our partner program, they have a great deal of experience and strong capability to provide process solutions to the food and beverage industry. Our customers will benefit from their strong local presence in Southern Australia and their reputation for high integrity and great customer service.” Keith Fancsali, General Manager at AME, said: “The APV and WCB product ranges are a good fit with our business and we look forward to working more closely as a channel partner with SPX FLOW. I believe this is a great step for SPX FLOW and AME customers, who will see the benefits of increased support, rapid response times and ready availability of many essential spares and components, along with the many advantages of the technologically advanced solutions from SPX FLOW.” AME has a great deal of experience in many Food & Beverage applications, including the wine industry, which is particularly vibrant in this region. Its highly skilled engineers are trained in both the selection and operation of SPX FLOW products to help customers get the optimum solution for their process. Andrew Anderson, Channel Manager – Food & Beverage, Australia & New Zealand at SPX FLOW, said: “AME has proven capability in South Australia. We are greatly looking forward to working more closely with them to enhance the SPX FLOW global support network and to deliver greater benefits to our customers in this part of the world.” www.spxflow.com

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EFFICIENT DEHUMIDIFICATION AND MIXING FOR THE PRODUCTION OF NATURAL FIBER COMPOUNDS At the K2019 trade show staged in Dusseldorf, Germany from October 16 - 23, 2019, MTI Mischtechnik, a technology and quality leader in the manufacture of mixing and processing machines, will present its current portfolio of container-type, vertical, horizontal, cooling, and heating/cooling mixers for the plastics industry. One highlight at the company’s booth B22 in Hall 9 will be an MTI Flex®-line heating/cooling mixer combination, which, together with a Vent tec® 2.0 aspiration system, has been optimized for the production of dry blends for natural fiber compounds (NFC). Designed as a modular system, the mixers of the MTI Flex®-line series can generally be used for almost any application because the sizes, drives and equipment options can be individually configured. In the M 1000 / K 3300 size shown at K2019, the mixing system comes with a heating mixer volume of 1,101 liters and a cooling mixer volume of 3,308 liters for typical batch sizes of 400 kg and an hourly throughput of over 1,600 kg. It is part of a series of machines that will be delivered to an Asian NFCprocessing company after the show. The performance of the associated Vent tec® 2.0 mixer aspiration system is matched to the intended NFC application. Unlike conventional solutions, these devices control their operation autonomously as a function of actual process parameters, thereby providing constant processing conditions irrespective of changes in process and ambient conditions. They achieve this by 18

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continuously monitoring all actual operating conditions via key parameters such as intake air and system air temperatures, air pressure, humidity and, with high significance, the aspiration air flow rate. Their electronic controller continuously analyzes these variables and adjusts the aspiration system accordingly with due regard to filter status, so maintaining constant venting airflow conditions. As a result, even under unfavorable conditions when processing natural fibers with fluctuating but relatively high moisture contents, it ensures highly efficient dehumidification of the blend, thus enabling constant process conditions and consistently high product quality. Thanks to the high drying efficiency, the required preparation times, depending on the raw material moisture content, are usually less than 15 minutes. In addition to dry blends for natural fiber compounds, the main applications of such mixer-aspiration combinations include the production of almost completely dehumidified rigid and soft PVC dry blends as well as thermal processes where Vent tec® 2.0 devices serve to dehumidify the mixture and/or to reduce volatiles content. Especially with PVC formulations containing hygroscopic stabilizer systems, they reliably prevent the formation of deposits on the interior surfaces of heating mixers, cooling mixer walls and extruder dies, as well as in calibration devices. In this way, they ensure consistent mixing quality while simultaneously preventing extruder problems and fluctuations in the final product.


AJAX MIXERS FOR FROZEN POTATO PRODUCTION AT AGRISTO Solids handling specialist, Ajax Equipment, has supplied leading European pre-fried and frozen potato product producer, Agristo, with two continuous mixers featuring an enhanced mirror polish finish. The stainless steel Ajax machines will be used to mix grated potato with various additives including flavourings to produce a range of potato products. The 4m long twin screw mixers include profiled covers as part of a design ensuring there are no areas of the machines that are awkward to clean. The casing’s hygienic, crack and crevice free finish ensure the continuous mixers meet the strict hygiene standards for food manufacture. The mixers also feature Ajax’s paddle screw geometry which provides efficient though gentle mixing with negligible damage to ingredients. “Our Ajax continuous mixers work extremely well, performing their job perfectly,” said Dieter Raes, technical director, Agristo. “We have worked with Ajax on several machines and would highly recommend them to other food producers.” Commenting Eddie McGee, managing director, Ajax Equipment said, “Ajax has worked with Agristo over a number of years to refine its mixers to suit local site needs and enhance the production of Agristo’s potato products.” On the mixers’ development Eddie continued, “Initially Agristo used one of Ajax’s hire machines to test various product combinations and handling requirements. The resulting feedback allowed Ajax to scale up the mixer’s design, producing a stainless steel continuous twin paddle mixer with a specially profiled casing for the most effective operation. The latest two mixers continue this progression; using Agristo’s experience with the existing machine and Ajax’s handling expertise to enhance mixing performance.” For more information on Ajax Equipment continuous mixers call +44(0)1204 386723, email: sales@ajax. co.uk and visit www.ajax.co.uk.

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DYNAMIC AIR LTD SPECIALISTS IN CONVEYING, MIXING AND DRYING OF DRY BULK SOLIDS Corporate Description Dynamic Air is a manufacturer of pneumatic conveying systems, vibratory equipment, and process equipment. We provide manufacturing, sales, technical, and service support to customers and representatives worldwide with offices in: • St. Paul, Minnesota U.S.A., • Milton Keynes, England, • Brazil, • China, Full Scale Test Facilities Our state-of-the-art full-scale test facilities are available to perform: • Full pneumatic conveying testing • Blending • Mixing • Agglomerating • Coating • Bin discharging • Dust collection Dynamic Air provides: • Complete electrical and mechanical design • Engineering • Start-up services Sixteen Conveying Concepts: We offer sixteen different pneumatic conveying concepts • Four different vacuum conveying systems • Twelve different pressure conveying systems. Each system has its own unique set of operating characteristics for pressure, conveying line velocity, efficiency and performance. Our 16 different pneumatic conveying concepts have the ability to convey at almost any conveying velocity desired to suit a given material to be conveyed. Capabilities include the handling of difficult abrasive to very fragile

granular materials at capacities exceeding 400 ton per hour and distances exceeding 1500 m in length. Markets Served • Cement • Ceramics • Chemical • Dairy • Feed • Food • Foundry • Glass • Mining • Petrochemical • Pharmaceutical • Plastics • Power • Pulp & paper • Railroad • Refinery • Refractory • Rubber • Steel • Wastewater

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VEGA CONTROLS LIMITED LEVEL AND PRESSURE INSTRUMENTATION FOR THE PROCESS INDUSTRY When it comes to reliable, cost effective level and pressure solutions, you can count on VEGA as your partner. As a leader in bulk solids and liquid level measurement, they don’t just innovate, they focus and consolidate technology breakthroughs and constantly refine product performance to deliver the best value and business outcomes for customers. VEGA manufacture a range of (both contact and non-contact) level sensors and point level switches as well as pressure sensors for all aspects of bulk solids (and liquids) processing, handling and storage. Level controls for applications in silo’s, hoppers, chutes, bins, multi compartments, crushers, conveyors and stockpile level. In industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, plastics, aggregates, biomass and food manufacture. VEGA are committed to reducing costs and increasing plant availability reliability – through higher level measurement certainty, in challenging, dusty environments even during filling or emptying, from tall narrow silos or short range hoppers whether under pressure or high temperatures. This is achieved with their renowned non-contact radar level sensors, which is yet again revolutionising level measurement for bulk solids handling. Their non contact sensors provide easy, convenient installation along with incredibly simple set up. It’s not just about bulk solids, but liquid levels too. In tanks for products as diverse as bitumen, chemicals, fuels and additives, along with MCERTS open channel flow for drainage effluent or waste-water volume measurements. Pressure controls are available for pressurized vessels, pipes, filters and conveying systems, as well as for silo pressure safety monitoring with associated alarm panels. They manufacture a full range of transmitters for gauge, relative, absolute and

differential measurement, including fully flush, hardwearing overload resistant ceramic-cell technology to providing a much longer life, reducing maintenance costs associated with measurement drift, blockages, and plant shut downs. For the ultimate in non-contact mass flow measurement, they also offer externally mounted, non invasive conveyor mass-weighing systems, which can be used for virtually any type of bulk handling conveyor, these reduce costs from installation and removing the need for regular mass-weight recalibration. They provide all the direct support for operation of the systems, including specialist surveys, commissioning and annual system testing. Remote inventory control for bulk solids or liquids storage on your site, or at a remote site, whether for timely supply or goods or removal of waste by products can be used virtually anywhere. From sensor to software it is all taken care of by one manufacturer. Project engineering and service support is also an important factor for customers. An array of bespoke panels, solar power systems and special engineering and mountings all with associated design and testing are available. Their service department, measured by direct customer and quality feedback, is one of the best in sector – with a network of experienced engineers across the country assisting with customer needs. This wide array of technology, service and expertise, means that VEGA can provide a solution, in even the most arduous and demanding applications. They are always happy to do on-site consulting, testing and trials on your challenging applications. All sensor ranges now have Bluetooth technology options, enabling safe convenient set up and maintenance using a free App for smartphone or tablet. New products and innovations are always on the horizon, watch out for exciting product debuts in 2020. Not only that, a new investment in a UK head office and training centre for better service to their customers is also beginning construction, which shows that VEGA are always ‘Looking Forward’. VEGA Controls Limited

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HOSOKAWA MICRON Always at the forefront of processing innovation and with an extensive processing heritage, Hosokawa Micron Ltd provides a renowned single source supply of integrated powder processing systems, component machinery and a range of technical support services. POWDER PROCESSING From our UK base in Runcorn, Cheshire we provide a full testing, design, installation and commissioning service to a wide range of industries including: Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Cosmetic, Food, Mineral. Nuclear and Defence. We provide optimum solutions tailored to individual requirements across process technologies, including: • Size Reduction, • Mixing • Classifying • Filling and Weighing • Containment • Nanotechnology …to produce integrated processing and plant performance which deliver recognisable and tangible business benefits. SMART MANUFACTURING Our new business unit, Hosokawa GEN4 can help companies meet industry demand for smarter manufacturing opportunities to deliver business growth and profit. We blend together our extensive processing know-how, engineering expertise and digital and smart manufacturing technologies to deliver measurable manufacturing improvements to help drive businesses forward through increased plant availability, lower operating costs and predicting any maintenance due. This combination of technical and practical processing expertise is not available elsewhere. Recent investment in two new control systems incorporating the latest digital manufacturing technologies within our Contract Manufacturing Facility in Runcorn has enabled Hosokawa to overcome operational challenges and develop a route for smarter manufacturing that we can also share with others. Come and see for yourself - we invite companies interested in digitalization of their operations – at any stages of the journey – to arrange a visit to the Hosokawa Micron Contract Manufacturing Facility to understand how these technologies could be applied to their businesses. CONTAINMENT TECHNOLOGIES Our innovative development of containment technologies for the handling and processing of hazardous material ensures an extensive portfolio of downflow booths, isolator gloveboxes, filling and weighing systems and laminar flow booths offering contained workspaces for a range of single and multiple tasks and processes and containment levels as low as 10 ng/m³.


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Our downflow booths are available in a range of standard and bespoke configurations to suit individual requirements of operator protection and product protection, the processing activities to be undertaken without the need for PPE and meeting any environmental and energy concerns. OELs typically between 50 and 100µg/m³ are achieved and can be improved by the addition of containment screens. Processing or packing equipment and drum handling equipment can also be integrated within the ergonomic design. Hosokawa’s weight controlled filling systems are accurate to+/- 0.10g and maintain the highest standard of hygiene, dust control and product containment of materials from bulk chemicals to valuable, hazardous or difficult to handle powders and granules. Our systems can be designed with the flexibility to handle drums, bags or IBCs and are suitable for integration within contained enclosures. Our proven range of standard and bespoke isolator/ glovebox solutions offer both personnel and product protection. Designed for manual and automated handling and processing, our isolators are available in single and multi-cell variants for processes including milling, micronising, dispensing, sampling and product packoff. With operator safety of paramount importance Hosokawa isolators offer OELs down to 10ng/m³. The demand for undertaking increasingly complex manufacturing stages under containment along with high levels of multi-task, operational integration is generating design challenges, Hosokawa’s Containment Team are meeting new contained processing challenges every day with customers benefitting from Hosokawa’s containment technology expertise and extensive processing knowhow as real step changes in operations are realised. Mobile, plug and play containment solutions in the form of a Flexible Compact Isolator remain a cost effective, modular, barrier containment solution which can easily be transported to where it is needed. Use as a single work station or join to other units to create a complex, multi-cell solution with individual activities contained within each unit. PLANT MAINTENANCE Hosokawa’s range of preventive and corrective maintenance services support the full lifecycle of equipment and systems ensuring cost effective production continuity alongside opportunities for upgrades to meet customers changing requirements. We also offer a full equipment lease service which delivers peace of mind production at an agreed cost. At Hosokawa Micron we work closely with customers to ensure we meet their requirements; working together to set new standards in powder processing and smart manufacturing technologies that exceed expectations and deliver significant competitor advantage. www.hosokawa.co.uk


VORTEX GLOBAL SOLIDS & DRY BULK HANDLING SOLUTIONS Who We Are Founded in 1977, Vortex specializes in the design and manufacture of components for the transport and flow control of dry bulk solids. Vortex’s technical focus is in the development of innovative technologies to improve solids process efficiency, ensure dust-free environments, and establish long-term reliability. A Global Leader & Business Partner Worldwide, more than 20,000 companies rely on Vortex slide gates, diverters, iris valves and loading solutions. With a global service network that spans more than 120 countries, Vortex delivers global solutions through localized relationships. Quality Assurance & Customer Service Specialists Vortex’s client-focused quality management system is registered to ISO 9001:2015 and covers every aspect of product quality and technical services, from initial inquiry to product performance. Our specialists are available for you to contact at any time and can be quickly on-site. Vortex listens to end user needs and welcomes their feedback, based on product performance in-the-field. This open line of communication has led to many design improvements and new product developments – and allows our client-focused design philosophy to take shape. What We Do Innovators & Experts in Handling Dry Bulk Solids Selecting the right piece of equipment is critical to the success of any dry bulk material handling system. Misapplied components and deficient designs add unexpected costs and processing inefficiencies. The characteristics of dry bulk solids are endless, so there is no all-encompassing solution for every application. With more than 300 years of combined experience in the dry bulk handling industry, our application engineering knowledge is unprecedented. We have delivered solutions to a wide range of industries handling thousands of dry solid types, from fine powders to heavy ore. If the material is dry, there is a high probability Vortex has handled it. Design Philosophy Vortex components improve process efficiency, ensure dust-free environments, and establish longterm reliability. This is made possible through a design philosophy which integrates application engineering with specialized product design: Compensate for Wear Vortex has closely studied the characteristics of thousands of dry bulk materials and how they interact with various materials of construction. From those studies, we take pride in “designing for purpose,” rather than producing standardized, off-the-self components. We assess the wear potential for each client’s process

and make application-specific modifications to ensure reliability, durability and longevity – so that end users enjoy the full value of their investment. Minimal Spare Parts Vortex approaches wear parts design with a philosophy of its own: “Design simple parts which can be easily accessed while the equipment remains in-line. Parts must also be designed for durability and longevity, so that wear part maintenance is infrequent.” By designing simple parts, the maintenance procedures are also kept simple. By designing durable and long-lasting parts, the need to perform maintenance is infrequent and spare part inventories are reduced – which means a reduction in costs. For these reasons, spare parts account for less than 4% of Vortex sales. Maintenance Friendly Our priority is to keep you up and running – because in your world, there is no time for downtime. That’s why each Vortex product is designed with in-line maintenance feature(s), so that the maintenance process is accelerated and your maintenance team saves time; therefore, saving you money. Long Service Life End users are often attracted to equipment on the fallacy of low price. While this may be true on paper, there is a cost-benefit to reliability and longevity. Vortex believes in designing only value-added products – not standardized, commodity equipment. With an in-house team of engineers, Vortex designs equipment for even the most demanding applications. The result? – A product that will out-perform and outlast components found on the market today. For product information and technical resources, please visit www.vortexglobal.com. To discuss your process needs, please contact: Vortex Global Ltd. Building 1-J, Enterprise House, Darlington, County Durham, L1 1GY - United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0) 1325 728 577. Email: global@vortexglobal.com

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For more than 70 years Gericke has been producing and selling a complete range of flour sifting machines for mills and industrial bakeries worldwide. The purpose of these centrifugal sifters is to remove foreign bodies from the various flour qualities. This allows the flour quality to be kept constant and clean. The success of these centrifugal screening machines in milling is mainly based on 3 points: 1) Very high screening capacity with mesh sizes between 400 and 800 Âľm and flow rates between 1 T/h and 100 T/h. 2) Compact devices in terms of throughput and simple design. This facilitates operation and maintenance. 24

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3) An extremely robust construction ensures the longevity of the machines. There are Gericke sifters being in operation for more than 40 years. This is sustainability. These centrifugal screening machines have been further developed over the years to simplify cleaning and to meet new technical and regulatory requirements: Atex, CE/1935/2004 certification, easy screen change and disassembly for cleaning. We would like to remind you that Gericke manufactures complete dosing, conveying and mixing systems for powders and bulk material. In our pilot stations, all our equipment can be tested on an industrial scale. For further information please do not hesitate to contact us: www.gerickegroup.com

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