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How to Prevent Material Blocks in Common Vessels Used in Material Handling

All industrial and manufacturing processes will use storage silos and hoppers and other vessels to hold material before it is sent to the next stage of production. Ideally, these are designed to prevent spoilage and contamination and allow easy maintenance and access. However, there is another important factor: material flow. During storage or transfer, materials […]

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5 Reasons Why AirSweep is Effective for Bulk Product Handling

All industrial processes use bulk product handling equipment. Some are used to transport and supply materials to processing units. Others perform more specific functions like blending, compacting, flushing, grinding, etc. Flow aids are used to improve the material flow of bulk materials. They perform an important function because when materials don’t flow properly, the entire […]

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5 Problematic Materials that AirSweep Can Handle

Most industries need heavy material handling equipment to move raw materials to warehouses and production facilities. However, the problem doesn’t end there. How do they ensure material flow during the process? Many bulk powders and solids develop flow problems once they are poured into silos, hoppers, or chutes. They can form bridging and ratholing that […]

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How Different Industries Use AirSweep for Bulk Material Processing

AirSweep is a versatile flow aid that can be used in any industry that requires bulk material processing. It can activate the most challenging material, including sticky pastes, heavy pebbles and mined materials, or rock-hard clumps of powders. How does AirSweep work? AirSweep is one of the most cost-efficient ways to improve bulk material processing. […]

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How Does AirSweep Prevent Machine Downtime?

Machine downtime is one of the most common and expensive problems in industrial or manufacturing facilities. According to a Forbes report, companies experience 800 hours of downtime per year, or more than 15 hours a week. That has a huge impact on revenue. For example, an automotive manufacturer loses about $22,000 for every minute of […]

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4 Types of Material Handling Equipment that Improve Factory Efficiency

Material handling equipment can help store, move, and process large volumes of material. It increases production speed and helps prevent some risks of manual processes: injury, human error, or exposure to chemicals and hazardous materials. There are many types of material handling equipment, and some machines are even customized for particular processes. However, these can […]

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Where Can You Install an AirSweep?

AirSweep pneumatic flow aid systems are used in thousands of plants around the world. Aside from improving material flow, one of its biggest benefits is its simple and fast installation. You do not need special tools or skills to attach the nozzle, and you can use the system on any storage silos and hoppers, chutes, […]

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5 Common Bulk Solids Handling Equipment

Bulk solids material handling equipment are used to store, move, and process raw materials and products. They speed up production and ensure that bulk materials can be handled in a safe and sanitary way. The first bulk solids material handling equipment dates back to 1795: a primitive conveyor belt made of leather and a wooden […]

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The Hidden Cost of Poor Material Handling

Any industry that handles powder or bulk solids will experience a flow problem at some point in the process. However, poor material handling doesn’t just clog up a vessel, it can lower productivity, increase costs, and affect product quality. Poor material handling costs accumulate across different aspects of production. Here’s a list of how material […]

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The Importance of a Conveyor Belt Speed Sensor in Production Facilities

People use many safety devices in their homes to protect their safety and prolong the life of their appliances: fire alarms, burglar alarms, voltage regulators, and circuit breakers. But many production facilities simply assume that material spills won’t happen, or its hazards or costs. What if a conveyor belt suddenly fails and causes tons of […]

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