A dust explosion at a plant can have catastrophic consequences for many powder processors, including loss of life. In fact, according to an analysis of data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) by the Center for Public Integrity back in 2012, there have been 450 dust explosions since 1980 in the US alone causing the deaths of nearly 130 workers and the injury of over 800.
For bulk powder processing plants, there’s always an emphasis placed on ensuring the highest standards of sanitation, safety and efficiency. But there are points in the production process where dust exposure can compromise each of these three powder processing pillars. Dust can lead to production contamination, require extensive cleaning, and increase the risk of dust explosions.
For food and beverage companies working with powdered ingredients, moving materials throughout the production process needs to be an effortless task to keep production running smoothly and on-time. To accomplish this, many processors turn to screw conveyors.
What is a screw conveyor?
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.
We’ve returned from a week in Chicago where we at PPS participated in the inaugural year of the ProFood Tech event. Here are our takeaways from the event and what you can expect to see following this show and educational sessions.
As you know, we exhibited in booth #2852 during the event towards the back of the hall and near the dining area. We had a wonderful flow of visitors throughout the event with their interests mainly pertaining to:
Dear Powder Doctor,
We are currently using an old bag dump system that’s messy and cumbersome to operate properly. Because of lost product and time inefficiencies, we’re thinking it may be time for an upgrade. Would you recommend a new bag dump station? Or should we consider moving to a bulk bag unloader?
Thanks for your expert insight!
Dear Powder Doctor,
We’re in a never ending spiral of replacement and repair for our powder processing system. How do we get ahead of this cycle?
Dear R. Pierre,
The speed and reliability with which your powder processing system works is essential to every part of your business. So when you’re caught in a seemingly endless cycle of repairs, it can be frustrating. The good news is that you can break that cycle. And here are the steps to do just that:
Chicago, USA, April 4-6, 2017
ProFood™ Tech, in its inaugural year, will run from April 4-6 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA. ProFood™ Tech serves to be the most comprehensive food and beverage processing event to attend with a focus on innovation, education, and networking for industry professionals.
Focusing on a full range of food and beverage processing solutions, the event offers information across all spectrums of the food and beverage industries. Processing solutions will be represented by a full range of sectors, including:
During the recent Pack Expo show in Chicago, Illinois, the Food Safety Summit Resource Center allowed for experts in the field of food safety to speak on hot topics affecting the food industry. Four days were filled with expert presentations including Kevin Baker, director of MAGNATTACK™ Global USA, who spoke to Understanding How We Know If Our Magnets Are Effective.
For those that weren’t able to make it to his presentation, Mr. Baker spoke to a few main topics that assist in the understanding of testing and validations for food safety magnets.
Pneumatic conveying systems are a popular choice for many powder processing companies. Not only do pneumatic conveying systems effectively move bulk powder through the system, but they can also be customized to meet the unique requirements of the plant and the material characteristics.
However, pneumatic systems may not be the right choice for every application.