02 - challenges
With all of these product and application constraints, we needed to have a thorough application review to ensure that the recommendations that we were proposing could address all of their requirements.
The review resulted in recommending our Open Tubular TT500 TipTrak™. Since the required capacity was 2000lbs/hr, one of our smaller more compact units could easily move that amount of product.
Product integrity was a top priority for this application. The tablets being conveyed needed to be moved both gently and slowly. These freeflowing tablets were prone to bounce so two custom modifications were
added to the TipTrak™ to help to minimize spillage & breakage during the process. Clean-out drawers were added under the lower horizontal section in order to ensure that if occasional spillage occurred, the tablets
would not litter the production line floor. And at the discharge, a specially designed custom rectangular to round chute (with Tri-Clover ® sanitary fitting) was added with an allowance for interior “easy let down” guides.
In many cases where dust containment is vital, we recommend our dusttight units, however, in this case we were able to satisfy this with lexan covers on our Open unit with custom dust collection. Two dust collection connections were fitted with a hard pipe from the ports to a common, single ( easily accessible ) connection to the in house dust collector. The lexan covers had two purposes; one was to act as guards to protect the operators while still having the ability to see the product conveying but to also contain the dust. With the addition of key-operated draw latches, the unit can have these removed for easy access and cleanability.
As mentioned above, to ability to clean this unit thoroughly was vitally important to this application. So in addition to dust collection, clean out drawers and being a stainless steel unit, we made the entire TipTrak™
portable. Four casters – two swivel with locks and two rigid were added to the base so that it could be taken out of the production line and cleaned in a separate area.
Finally, the unit was fully wired – ready to plug in and operate with a stainless steel control panel with VFD.