Hammer trying to solve material flow problems

AirSweep vs Pneumatic Knocker

The oldest flow aid in the world is the hammer. People would hit their storage vessels to dislodge stuck material. It wasn’t very effective (or sanitary) because there would always be a little material left. A pneumatic knocker is essentially an automated hammer. Compressed air pushes a piston against the vessel wall. But even if […]

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Material in a hopper

How Does AirSweep Improve Material Handling Efficiency?

The biggest challenge of any factory or plant is material handling efficiency. How can you move massive amounts of material and prevent spoilage and waste? How do you get material to flow properly when it’s mixed and processed? How can you prevent material blocks that can stop production? The reason material handling efficiency is so […]

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Material bridging in a hopper

How to Choose the Right Flow Aid for Your Material

Flow aids can help clear material bridging in hoppers or any other storage bin, chute, or conveyor. They are relatively inexpensive, and can actually “pay for themselves” because of the increase in productivity. It’s important to get the right flow aid for your material. The wrong flow aid may not be able to activate the […]

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Material flowing on conveyer belt

3 Ways How to Improve Material Handling

Poor material handling slows down production, incurs costs, and even creates safety or sanitation hazards that can lead to expensive fines and plant shutdowns. Here are some ways to improve material handling for better efficiency and lower costs. Evaluate your process Identify the areas where there is poor material flow. Then, diagnose the causes and […]

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What Materials Are Prone to Problems in Material Handling?

One of the most common problems in material handling is how to get material to flow properly. Many materials have a tendency to clump, cake, or interlock during storage or mixing. That can impact the entire production process, and lead to unnecessary costs and safety issues. Types of material blocks Some materials have cohesive properties […]

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material handling challenges with candy

Top Challenges for Material Handling in the Candy Industry

Life isn’t always sweet for the candy and confectionary industry. The industry works with many materials that are prone to bridging, ratholing, and material blocks. Without a good flow aid, production can stall and end up in a big, sticky mess. We will review the top challenges for material handling in the candy industry. Most […]

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bulk material on conveyer

AirSweep, DAZIC & AcoustiClean: Integrated Solutions for Bulk Product Handling

The production process involves several interconnected steps. Any problems in one stage often create a domino effect, causing more delays and incurring more costs. Control Concepts, Inc. offers proven bulk product handling technology that improves plant efficiency and productivity that can be used individually or integrated to reduce downtime, material waste, and safety hazards. AirSweep […]

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material block in production

3 Types of Material Blocks that Slow Down Production

In the manufacturing process, production speed and product quality heavily depend on reliable material flow. That means materials flow smoothly, in a first in/first out pattern. However, bulk materials have a tendency to clump together, cling to vessel walls, or form large material blocks that restrict the discharge outlets. Flow can slow down, or even […]

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Coal and mined materials in hand

Why is AirSweep Effective for Mined Materials?

Mined materials are one of the most critical components of the manufacturing industry. They are used to make thousands of commodities, from automobiles to electronics, and even medicines and household cleaning products. The mobile phone alone uses 42 different minerals—not including what is used for its packaging (paper and plastic need minerals, too!) You can […]

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5 Top Technologies for Automated Bulk Material Handling

Bulk material handling is an essential part of any industrial or manufacturing process. Raw materials must be delivered to a factory, unloaded into storage facilities, and then poured into silos, hoppers, and other vessels for processing. Automated bulk material handling can make these processes more efficient. Here are some of the latest technology that can […]

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