Ketchup in a factory getting packaged

How to Prevent Bridging in Material Hoppers (aka The Ketchup Effect)

Have you ever struggled to get ketchup or any thick sauce out of a bottle? That’s the same issue that production facilities face when they try to move solids or powders through material hoppers. The material gets stuck, and production stops. Unlike liquids, bulk solids and powders will not flow readily without intervention. Even some […]

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Flow Aid

Poor material flow slows down production, compromises product quality and consistency, and can even create workplace safety hazards. That’s why many industries turn to flow aids to move material consistently and reliably. Flow aids are bulk solid handling equipment that stimulate or improve the movement of material. They prevent bridging, ratholing, clogging, or material residue […]

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Bridging, Ratholing, and Other Problems In Material Handling

All manufacturing processes need efficient material flow for smooth operations and cost-efficiency. Sluggish and inconsistent flow can cause production delays and compromise product quality and safety. For example, in the food and pharmaceutical industry, stagnant material can cause cross-contamination between different materials or batches. This can lead to the presence of foreign substances, allergens, or […]

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Improve Mining Equipment Safety and Efficiency With DAZIC

The mining and materials processing industry uses various tools and equipment to extract, process, and handle mined materials. These machines can carry from a hundred to over a thousand tons of material in one load. It speeds up the process—but also has risks. Any equipment malfunction or abnormal change in speed could cause a material […]

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How to Improve Material Handling Efficiency in the Food Industry

The food industry follows strict industry and government regulations for quality control and product safety. If your business fails to comply, you could face stiff fines and penalties and suspension of license. In cases when authorities feel that there’s a risk to consumer health, you may be required to recall all your products at your […]

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The Role of Flow Aids in Bulk Material Processing

Bulk material processing is a critical aspect of many industries, including manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and construction. However, many materials—powders, granules, and pellets—have challenging flow characteristics that can slow down processing operations. Flow aids can overcome these challenges to improve productivity and overall efficiency. Common flow challenges in bulk material processing A material’s physical properties can […]

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How to Prevent the Most Common Causes of Machine Downtime

Unplanned machine downtime can disrupt operations, cause unnecessary costs and affect downstream processes. Find out about the most common causes of machine downtime, its effect on your revenue, and proactive strategies that can improve equipment efficiency and reliability. Mechanical Failures Mechanical failures can include issues such as component breakdowns, wear and tear, malfunctioning parts, or […]

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Pneumatic Flow Aids: Benefits and Comparisons

Many production facilities have problems with poor material flow. Powders or other bulk materials cake on the hopper or bin walls and block the vessel outlet. But instead of reaching for the nearest hammer, many are now turning to more powerful, automated solutions—like pneumatic flow aids. What are pneumatic flow aids? Pneumatic flow aids are […]

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5 Ways AirSweep Boosts Productivity and Streamlines Operations

Efficient material flow has a huge impact on productivity, costs, and even plant safety. Companies can lose thousands of dollars a day because they had to stop operations to clear out a clogged silo or hopper. They may even have to throw out contaminated material or pull workers from other tasks to hammer away at […]

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What is Bulk Material Handling Efficiency?

In all industries, the efficient movement and storage of materials play a vital role in smooth operations and increased productivity. If the material flow stops, so does production—and every delay incurs costs and risks. This is where bulk material handling comes into play. This field of engineering looks at the fundamental principles of managing tons […]

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