The vDock docking station enables the quick connection of IBC containers (IBC: Intermediate Bulk Container) to a vacuum conveying system. The IBC simply needs to be placed on the docking station using a forklift trolley: the integrated VIAS docking valve independently establishes a dust-free connection between the container and the conveyor line.
vDock version with one distributor for 4 connected vacuum conveying systems
vDock docking station (left) for supplying a 3D printing production cell with fresh powder
VIAS valve: the upper half of the coupling threads automatically into the lower half. The hexapod mounting compensates for any inaccurate positioning of the IBC container.
VIAS valve with separated coupling pieces
VIAS valve with connected coupling pieces
Optional distributor, here with 4 connected vacuum conveying systems
The container can also be emptied in partial steps, as the VIAS valve can be closed again at any time - even in the product flow. This means that the IBC container can also be removed from the docking station again after partial emptying and, even in this case, ensure decoupling without powder escaping.
The vDock docking stations are suitable for applications with metal powders in 3D printing or additive manufacturing. Thanks to the ATEX-compliant design, the stations can also be used for other applications. The docking stations are tailored to the customer's IBC (respective design and size).
Options for the vDock stations:
The VIAS docking valve enables clean and dust-free docking, undocking and emptying of the IBC with only minimal powder exposure. When undocked, the IBC and the conveying line are hermetically sealed by the two VIAS couplings. The outside of the VIAS closures are not touched or contaminated by the material. The heaxpod mounting compensates for inaccuracies in the positioning of the IBC, making it very easy for the operator to dock the container.
Each IBC container is equipped with a coupling piece (passive part of the VIAS docking valve).
Features of the VIAS docking valve: