Customized solutions and systems
Collecting And Storage Container
Instead of the standard material discharge valve, Volkmann Vacuum Conveyors can be equipped with material collectors in various sizes and with additional functions.
- Vacuum Conveyor as an automized material feeding system: Convey and feed powders and mixtures directly into filling machines, tablet presses etc. Min- and Max-sensors prevent overfilling and keep processes stable
- For further processing like blending, the Vacuum Conveyor transports a number of materials into a container
- Collection and disposal or reuse of aspirated dust within the vacuum conveying system
- Take material samples from collectors or bring them directly to sample jars
- Usage of Vacuum Conveyor with collector as an industrial vacuum cleaner
Volkmann Rohrweichensysteme machen es möglich, ein oder mehrere Vakuumfördersysteme mit verschiedenen Aufgabestationen zu verbinden.
Volkmann diverter valves connect one vacuum conveyor to a number of material loading stations or other systems. By this, a single vacuum conveyor picks up different or the same materials e.g. from silos, big-bags, bag dump stations or from drums through a suction lance.
Volkmann supplies standard diverter valves with 2 to 8 ports as well as customized systems.
Automation and PLC Control Engineering
In addition to the standard pneumatic controls for the basic functionality of the vacuum conveyor, there are numerous enhancement and modification options. For standard vacuum conveying tasks, pneumatic controls free of ignition sources are the first choice for simple installation and reliable operation. For more complex systems and/or the demand of data exchange and online process monitoring, more sophisticated electrical PLC controls become necessary. There is a wide range of possible applications: From the simple control with one or more level sensors to complex automation of e.g. dosing and batching or automized drum discharging systmes.
Our in-house pneumatic and PLC control engineering experts take care, that all requirements and specific demands are fulfilled. If later on the application is modified, changes can be done easily. The controls are built in-house and are based on different PLC’s manufacturere parts like Siemens, Allan Bradley etc. For the exchange of signals and data, Interfaces toProfibus, CANbus, Ethernet etc. can be included.
“Wetting/Washing in Place“ (WIP) and “Cleaning in Place“ (CIP) operations require very smooth surfaces with only few connections, free of gaps. Hyginic design is major to modularity. Typically, PPC (Pneumatic Pharma Conveyor) Vacuum Conveyors are used for WIP and CIP processes.
For many years, modified PPC Vacuum Conveyors are in operation, in which, after the powder transport all product contacting surfaces are rinsed without dismantling of the vacuum conveyor. Due to the optimized design and the installation hygienic valves all components and surfaces are wetted effectively. After rinsing and flooding, the washing liquid is fully drained. Upon request, the filter may be replaced by a flushing cover and the remaining separator then is CIP cleaned.
A “full” CIP solution is available, too. During rinsing, cleaning and drying the filter remains inside the vacuum conveying system. These come with specific spraying and washing nozzles with rinsing/spray outlet in different directions, have no pocket areas and unique sanitary drain valves for the filter and separator.
The wide range of cleaning options have been transferred to other units like our bag emptying stations successfully.
Furthermore, today Volkmann WIP Vacuum Conveyors are used inside clean-rooms and inside OEB 4 (Occupational Exposure Band 4, OEL 1-10 µg/m³) classified areas.
Coatings And Special Designs
Cream-fat-powder with 70 % fat content, adhesive and compacting iron oxyde, wet charcoal – there are many examples for highly adhesive and sticky powders and other materials. For proper and reliable material transport, surfaces with product contact can be coated with different specific materials. To avoid cross contamination and reduce remaining material inside the conveying system, the parameters of the conveying process and the surfaces can be modified and optimized according the specific needs.
Special coatings (e.g. Halar®) are used with corrosive materials and conveying environments. to protect all parts of the vacuum conveyor.
If the vacuum conveyor itself is installed inside aggressive atmosphere or comes in contact with aggressive media, the outside of the conveyor will be coated, too. Additionally, Multijector Vacuum Pumps are available in various materials (various stainless steel and/or plastic materials) and can be supplied acid-proof.
Certain industries have very strict material requirements, e.g. all equipment must be completely free of copper. As Volkmann manufactures most of its systems in-house, products and solutions with alternative materials can be supplied quite easily..