Every powder processor has a unique production process, often requiring specific types of equipment to efficiently, safely and sanitarily transport powder materials from start to finish.
For those processors handling fine types of powder material, delicacy is important to limit degradation that could impact quality of the final product. In these cases, vibrating conveyors are typically the type of mechanical conveyors processors choose.
Vibrating conveyors are used to convey products horizontally at a controlled rate in either an open or enclosed environment. The conveying action is gentle, quiet and at low velocity. With none of the moving parts coming in contact with the powder, vibrating conveyors result in little to no degradation– especially in enclosed models.
Below we dive into five of the types of bulk powders that often call for the gentle and delicate processing that a vibrating conveyor offers.
Types of Powders that Use Vibrating Conveyors
There are a variety of options for plants to consider when selecting a conveyor for their operation. Typically, selecting the perfect conveyor comes down to the type of product that needs to be moved and the space in which the plant operates.
1. Dairy Powders
The dairy industry is a highly regulated, with sanitation and prevention of cross contamination being key. As a result, vibrating conveyors are perfect for moving dairy powders since there are no moving parts within the conveyor. No moving parts greatly decreases the number of objects that the powders come into contact with, limiting the chances for contamination.
2. Infant Formula
Maintaining the highest level of sanitation with the least amount of product degradation is imperative when it comes to infant formula processing.
The controlled action and lack of moving parts makes the vibrating conveyor an excellent fit for infant formula.
3. Bulk Materials (grains, sugar, salt, etc.)
Bulk materials must be kept intact prior to tempering, grinding, mixing or blending to avoid degradation , which means transportation and conveying must be done delicately. The gentle nature of vibrating conveyors makes a great match with plants that work with grains, sugar, salt, and other bulk materials.
4. Pet Food
When it comes to processing pet food, there are a myriad of regulations and recommendations to abide by. A vibrating conveyor makes this an easier task with its enclosed design. Pet food processors deal in large bulk quantities, and the density of the product is just right for the vibrating conveyor to handle the job.
What Type of Powder Do You Need Conveyed?
Every industry and powder type is different, requiring uniquely tailored processing equipment to get the job done efficiently, safely and with top-notch sanitation.
For manufacturers processing powders with similar characteristics and needs as those we mentioned above, a vibrating conveyor could be a great fit.
Some things to consider when selecting a mechanical conveyor are: the sanitation requirements of the product you’re handling, the amount of product that needs to be conveyed, the environment and spacing limitations of your facility, and the condition in which your product needs to be conveyed.
To get more information on whether a vibrating conveyor is a good fit for you, get in touch with Powder Process-Solutions today. We can work with you to design a system that meets the needs of your plant and powder product.