Automated Bulk Material Handling System
Multiple mechanical conveying methods are integrated into this automated bulk material handling system to move highly fibrous, non free-flowing material from infeed to discharge, from material conditioning to supply metering and from metering to downstream processing. At infeed, chain-driven live roller conveyor and integrated, 3,000-pound capacity, pop-up chain transfer conveyor move gaylords into position for automatic alignment with the gaylord dumper lift carriage. From the material conditioning stage, a 2,500 pound per hour feed rate, continuous-duty weigh belt conveyor ensures accurate, reliable material supply. From material weighing an inclined, boxed-cleat belt conveyor delivers material to downstream processes at a final drive speed of up to 30 feet per minute. National Bulk Equipment integrated automation architecture brought together legacy downstream equipment automation and NBE systems automation to a single, menu-driven HMI, designed and built by NBE. Process-wide operations, including controls, sensors, monitoring and reporting are integrated to a UL listed panel built by NBE. From material introduction to downstream process supply, NBE mechanical conveying systems ensured properly conditioned material is efficiently moved through this production process regardless of challenging material characteristics and varying material flow requirements. Rigorous NBE risk assessment procedures work to prevent hazards to those who operate and maintain the equipment, while identifying improvements in physical ergonomics and equipment access points. NBE expertise in application-appropriate codes, standards and regulations ensured system compliance at start-up.