Chemicals Feeding and Elevating System

The Task:

An American-owned chemicals company in Essex required a feeding and elevating system for the transportation of sofnolime from feeder to elevator. The company were already existing customers of Gough, previously having Vibratory Feeders, Vibrecons, and M Series Swinglink Bucket Elevators installed at their old plant.

The Solution:

The company had been vacuum conveying their product up to linear screens positioned above their filling machines on a mezzanine. The velocity within the conveying process would break down the lime particle. The product size was critical because the company needed to ensure that the correct volume of material filled up each product canister. The break down of the product also created dust which blocked the conveying systems pump filtration system, causing loss of conveying performance and ultimately blocking the pipework.

Gough designed a Bucket Elevator which included a Bulk Bag station and Vibratory Feeding system. The product in the Bulk Bags would be hoisted onto a Bulk Bag receiving station and discharged into a Vibratory Linear Feeder to ensure controlled feed into the bucket elevator. The product would then be conveyed up and into the existing linear screens. This process has allowed the chemical company to go through 2,000 kg of product an hour.

The Result:

Produced by a chemicals company in Essex, the business works closely with diving equipment manufacturers and users to develop the sofnolime product. This is to make it available in a range of dive-specific grades and to ensure that each grade follows the stringent safety requirements that are specified. Their product porfolio also includes equipment used in the oil and gas industries, where absorbers, catalysts, oxidisers and molecular sieves are supplied to guarantee a breathable atmosphere in harsh environments.

All Gough systems are built to have a simple function and design. Currently, only one machine has been supplied to the company, but four more will follow over the next two years.