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January - 2015
Week 4
1

Spiroflow opens state-of-the-art test plant26.01.2015

On 21st January Spiroflow Ltd officially opened its new Technology Centre in Clitheroe, UK, which is located on the same industrial park as the company’s head office and factory.
2

Improved powder blending process26.01.2015

Dietrich Engineering Consultants (Dec Group) has released further information about its novel PTS Batchmixer, a blending system that features no mechanical or moving parts.
3

Safeguarding against dust filter fires26.01.2015

UK-based StuvEx Safety Systems, specialising in industrial fire and explosion safety, reports that it is able to provide a CO2 fire extinguishing system that can be installed on a new filter, or retrofitted to an existing filter, to eliminate the risk of fire.
4

A different method of ingredient delivery26.01.2015

Ingredient Batching Systems has introduced a modular pod system for conveying free-flowing powders or granular ingredients.
5

Spray drying scale-up and modelling techniques26.01.2015

GEA Process Engineering will be presenting at a practical course, hosted in the UK by the University of Leeds, to provide an introduction to the basics of spray drying, atomisation and industrial formulation.
Week 3
1

Blowing seal rotary valves: achieving optimum performance19.01.2015

Rota Val has recently introduced a new range of blowing seal rotary valves which have been designed to solve the problem of maintaining the air velocity between the valve and the conveying pipe whilst still achieving a good rotor pocket purge.
2

Advantages of PE packaging for powders19.01.2015

The Machinery Division of Haver & Boecker has launched a microsite www.packyourpowder.com which spells out the advantages of filling powder products into PE packages.
3

Digital sorters help eliminate defects from potato crisps19.01.2015

Key Technology in 2014 supplied four new Optyx® digital sorters to Tayto, the largest British-owned manufacturer of potato crisps.
4

Upgraded bucket elevators handle abrasive superphosphate powders19.01.2015

Guttridge has supplied Bradley Pulverizer Company, a leading provider of minerals processing plant, with a series of bucket elevators for single superphosphate powder (SSP) plant projects in the Middle East.
5

Surface storage feeders save cement plant costs19.01.2015

Aumund Group recently supplied a Samson feeder to a Lafarge cement mill in Whitehall, PA, USA, for feeding lime mud directly on to the finish mill belt.
Week 2
1

Plate magnets designed to remove ferrous contaminants from tobacco12.01.2015

Bunting Magnetics Europe has delivered 12 large custom-designed plate magnetics to a customer in Italy for a project in Indonesia.
2

Anti-static hose now has flame-retardant properties12.01.2015

Norres Schlauchtechnik, the specialist industrial hose manufacturer, announced that its NORPLAST® PUR 385 SE AS suction and transport hose is now additionally flame retardant in accordance with DIN 4102-B1.
3

Fully integrated infant milk powder blending line installed in Indonesia12.01.2015

AMH Asia-Indonesia has recently supplied a complete infant formula milk powder blending line for a multinational player in Indonesia.
4

Liftvrac appoints British Isles distributor12.01.2015

Liftvrac has recently appointed Genesis Process Solutions as its agent for the UK and Ireland.
5

Rupture discs can be checked without need for dismantling12.01.2015

Elfab has launched Test-Tel™, a tool which allows the status of rupture disc devices to be checked on site.
December - 2014
Week 2
1

EuroBulkSystems offers digital benefits15.12.2014

In addition to its printed version, Oakhill Media Ltd is pleased to announce that EuroBulkSystems can also now be viewed in digital format.
2

Management buy-out of Vos Logistics completed15.12.2014

The management of European logistics service provider Vos Logistics and Scheybeeck Investments have together acquired all the shares in Vos Logistics (see EBS News for the week of 3 November).
3

Polymer compounder invests in all-metal separators15.12.2014

Eriez Magnetics Europe has upgraded metal detection and separation capability of polymer compound production lines at Petlon Polymers.
4

Penko technology crosses the Atlantic15.12.2014

Penko Engineering BV is now working in association with Powerforce LLC to make its weighing systems and components as well as automation controls available in various US states.
5

Weighing accuracy helps ensure consistent beer quality15.12.2014

The UK arm of Premier Tech Chronos has upgraded an APW series in-process weigher at the Northampton brewery site of Carlsberg UK.
Week 1
1

Complete snack food plant supplied to Russia08.12.2014

J-Tec Material Handling recently supplied a dedicated and fully integrated plant to a leading global manufacturer of snack foods.
2

High-speed, uniform loading of PE pellets into railcars08.12.2014

Coperion has been awarded a contract for the supply of high rate and high filling efficiency railcar loading systems for polyethylene pellets.
3

Feeding calcium carbonate during plastics compounding08.12.2014

Coperion K-Tron Pitman reports that it has developed an accurate feeding system for calcium carbonate (CaCO3) used as a mineral filler for plastics compounding.
4

2015 short courses on bulk materials handling08.12.2014

The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology has announced its next year’s calendar of short courses aimed at all involved in the handling and processing of bulk powders and particulates.
5

Norres maintains Christmas charitable tradition08.12.2014

Industrial hose manufacturer Norres Schlauchtechnik has again upheld its long-term Christmas tradition of making a donation to the nearby Arche Noah, the only children’s hospice in the region.
6

FIBC grounding guaranteed during filling/discharge01.12.2014

Kersting GmbH Sampling + Grounding has launched a fail-safe system which ensures that FIBCs are properly earthed where there is risk of explosion from static electricity.
7

PSL showcases pharma expertise in India01.12.2014

Powder Systems Ltd (PSL) is exhibiting at P-MEC India, one of South Asia’s most important pharmaceutical industry trade shows which is taking place this week in Mumbai.
8

Latest in hygienic separation technology01.12.2014

Sweco Europe has recently introduced the SaniSep™ Plus Separator, its latest innovation in hygienic separation for wet or dry processing.
9

Schütz opens second manufacturing plant in France01.12.2014

Schütz in late November officially inaugurated its second site in France with a ceremony attended by 150 guests.
10

Powder caking: understanding the causes01.12.2014

Freeman Technology has published a new white paper that describes extensive experimental studies examining the multiple mechanisms that lead to powder caking.
November - 2014
Week 4
1

Dosing rotary valves24.11.2014

VDL Industrial Products has developed the new Medium Duty (MD) dosing valves which have been specially designed and tested for dosing and pneumatic conveying of powders and granulates.
2

Pallet system of the future?24.11.2014

Toppy Srl has devised a completely new and revolutionary pallet made from recycled plastic material which is light, clean, robust and fully recyclable.
3

Special requirements of steel-cord bucket elevator belts24.11.2014

Aumund points out that the mechanical demands on steel-cord bucket elevator belts are fundamentally different to those of belt conveyors.
4

Filtering and drying pharmaceutical ingredients with a single machine24.11.2014

Available from Sweco Europe is the PharmASep™ family of filter/drier machines recently launched by the US parent company.
5

USDA-approved bulk bag filler offers integral metal detection24.11.2014

Flexicon Europe has introduced a stainless steel, hygienic FIBC filling station that detects and separates metal contaminants during the dustfree weigh-filling process.
Week 3
1

Pipe conveyor replaces drag chain conveyor at cement plant17.11.2014

Beumer Group has recently supplied a pipe conveyor to replace an old drag chain conveyor at the Bernburg, Germany, plant of Schwenk Zement.
2

New Spanish agent for Vortex17.11.2014

Vortex Valves Europe has recently appointed Barcelona-based Envisolid SL as its exclusive representative in Spain.
3

Particle size analysis: reducing sample volumes to just a few millilitres17.11.2014

Malvern Instruments reports that the new Mastersizer 3000 Hydro SV small volume liquid dispersion unit delivers reliable particle size measurement using just a few milligrams of sample (see also EBS News for week of 6 October).
4

Martin celebrates 70 years of innovation17.11.2014

Martin Engineering was founded in 1944 when Edwin F Peterson developed the Vibrolator, the first industrial vibrator designed with compressed air propelling a steel ball around a raceway, which remains an industry standard to this day.
5

Basic training in mineral processing technology17.11.2014

Knowledge of the fundamentals of mineral processing technology is the basis for understanding and the capability to assess processes, steps and the functionality of mineral processing.
Week 2
1

Using automated imaging for agglomeration detection10.11.2014

UK-based Malvern Instruments has released new guidance on using automated image analysis to detect and quantify agglomerates.
2

Aumund hits jackpot thanks to buoyant Turkish cement producers10.11.2014

Aumund Fördertechnik will by end of this year deliver a drag chain conveyor, with a capacity of 200t/h in clinker, a deep drawn pan conveyor with baffles and a further deep drawn pan conveyor to the Limak cement plant at Balikesir, Turkey.
3

Preparing samples for spectral analysis10.11.2014

According to Retsch, no grinder can beat the speed of a vibratory disc mill when it comes to preparing samples for spectral analyses.
4

Dec expands into Chinese market10.11.2014

Dec Group the leading provider of powder handling and containment systems to the global pharmaceutical, chemical, food and cosmetic industries, has established a new Chinese subsidiary company to support and strengthen its successful growth over the last 10 years in China.
5

High containment roll compaction10.11.2014

The Contained Chilsonator System (CCS) roll compaction series from Fitzpatrick Company incorporates the latest developments in roll compaction, and showcases the company’s newest technology.
Week 1
1

Proposed MBO at Vos Logistics03.11.2014

Senior executives at Vos Logistics are planning to acquire all shares in the company through a management buyout in cooperation with Scheybeeck Investments.
2

Compact sack palletizer meets mid-range requirements03.11.2014

Newtec Bag Palletizing has launched the G600 palletizer series which has been developed to fulfill the special customer requirements for space-saving solutions in the mid-capacity range.
3

Clean belt conveyor for bulk foods03.11.2014

US-based Key Technology has brought out its Sanitary Belt Conveyor designed to transport bulk foodstuffs on processing and packaging distribution lines.
4

Stand-alone filter recovers product in milling processes03.11.2014

Frewitt has introduced the patent-pending ProFi-Clean filter which can be easily installed by a clamp connector as a module on the milling chambers or inlets/outlets of all Frewitt mills (OscilloWitt, HammerWitt, ConiWitt, and TurboWitt).
5

Malvern manager thanked for long-term service to POWTECH advisory committee03.11.2014

For Malvern Instruments marketing manager Renate Hessemann, this year’s POWTECH exhibition was her last as a member of the event’s advisory committee on which she has served for almost 20 years.
October - 2014
Week 4
1

World first: versatile rotating paddle level indicator is all but maintenance-free27.10.2014

MBA Instruments chose the occasion of this week’s SyMas trade fair (SOLIDS Kakow) in Poland for the international launch of its novel MBA888 rotating paddle level measurement device.
2

Conical mill for processing fine chemicals, cosmetic powders and APIs27.10.2014

Quadro Engineering has introduced the H20 High Energy Comil® which has been designed to meet unprecedented yield efficiencies and narrow particle size distribution demands of active pharmaceutical ingredient, fine chemical and cosmetic powder processing facilities worldwide.
3

Aerzen celebrates 150th anniversary27.10.2014

Aerzener Maschinenfabrik earlier this year commemorated a century and a half of successful trading.
4

Bunting Europe targets Germany for export growth27.10.2014

With a key objective of further developing business in Germany, Bunting Magnetics Europe has recruited Alexandra Laue to its internal export sales team.
5

Laboratory-scale pelletising disc27.10.2014

Haver Engineering has specially developed the HAVER SC 500 pelletising disc to meet the requirements of laboratories serving the mechanical process engineering sector.
Week 3
1

Sample preparation: fine grinding down to 50 microns20.10.2014

Fritsch recently introduced the PULVERISETTE 13 ‘premium line’ disc mill designed for efficient fine grinding of hard-brittle to medium-hard solids of rocks and soils.
2

Radar answer to challenging solids levels measurement tasks20.10.2014

US-based Emerson Process Management has released a version of its Rosemount 5400 series of non-contacting radar level transmitters aimed specifically at demanding bulk solids level measurement applications.
3

Large containers: focus on filling20.10.2014

Mettler Toledo has introduced a new guideline which evaluates different methods of filling bulk solids or liquids into containers such as bulk bags, IBCs or barrels.
4

Vortex appoints Hungarian agency20.10.2014

Vortex Valves Europe has chosen MasterQuality as its exclusive representative in Hungary.
5

Haver & Boecker wins Lafarge award with ADAMS technology20.10.2014

Lafarge, a world leader in building materials, in recent weeks held its first ever global supplier competition.
Week 2
1

Making cereal bars is a piece of cake for McVities13.10.2014

Gericke Ltd, the UK arm of the Swiss parent company, recently supplied a fully automated and accurate batch mixing and continuous weighing plant for production of cereal bars at the Tollcross plant of confectionery manufacturer McVities.
2

Advantages of rupture disc + valve13.10.2014

Elfab points out that most modern process plants now use safety relief valves to manage variations in pressure within their systems and to prevent potential disastrous explosions caused by overpressurisation.
3

Glove-box FIBC discharge13.10.2014

AZO has recently perfected a bulk bag discharge system with vacuum docking which has been designed to discharge free-flowing bulk materials safely without generating dust.
4

O’Connell assumes executive control at Camfil APC13.10.2014

Alan O’Connell has been appointed executive vice president in charge of worldwide operations at Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC).
5

Food-grade hose connections13.10.2014

NORRES Schlauchtechnik has introduced various versions of its hose connections which have been adapted for use in food and pharmaceutical industries.
Week 1
1

Container mixer ensures fast recipe changes06.10.2014

The Henschel Mixing Technology business unit of Zeppelin Systems has extended its successful container mixer series with the introduction of the Type CMS.
2

Continuous guided level radar with point level detection06.10.2014

Fluidwell Instruments has launched the Guidense, a robust guided wave radar (GWR) for continuous level measurement and point level detection in solids and liquids.
3

Dustfree filling of small containers with integrated weighing06.10.2014

AZO has introduced a modular filling station which allows gravimetric filling of products in small to medium-size batches.
4

Precia Molen acquires Shering Weighing06.10.2014

Precia Molen completed the acquisition of Shering Weighing Ltd, which is based in Dunfermline, Scotland.
5

Further laser diffraction particle sizing enhancements06.10.2014

At POWTECH Malvern Instruments unveiled two new additions to the capabilities of its Mastersizer laser diffraction particle size analyzer to coincide with the third anniversary of the launch of the world-renowned Mastersizer 3000.
September - 2014
Week 4
1

Change of leadership at Matcon29.09.2014

Dave Cooper has with effect from 1st October taken over as managing director of Matcon, the globally recognised specialist in IBC-based systems for handling and processing powders, granules and tablets which in 2012 became part of US-based IDEX Corp.
2

TechnoPharm to be integrated into POWTECH from 201629.09.2014

POWTECH and TechnoPharm 2014, jointly organised by NürnbergMesse GmbH, took place from 30 September to 2 October in Nuremberg, Germany.
3

Radar sensor offers versatile and accurate level measurement of bulk solids29.09.2014

VEGA Grieshaber, the market leader in radar level measurement technology since the late 1990s, has introduced VEGAPULS 69: a sensor that takes a major step closer to the ideal of an all-round radar level measuring instrument for bulk solids.
4

Winkworth celebrates 90th anniversary with move to new premises29.09.2014

UK-based mixer manufacturer Winkworth has recently relocated from its Swallowfield headquarters near Reading to a new state-of-the-art facility in Basingstoke.
5

GEA acquires Scan-Vibro29.09.2014

GEA Process Engineering has taken over Scan-Vibro A/S.
Week 3
1

3D scanner for measuring solids inside vessels22.09.2014

Emerson Process Management has introduced the Rosemount 5708 Series of 3D solids scanners for the continuous measurement of level, volume and mass of bulk solids and powders in large vessels, bins and silos.
2

Dosing slide or dosing screw?22.09.2014

KSE Process Technology is to organise a webinar on 9 October 2014 which will compare the merits of dosing slides against those of dosing screws.
3

App identifies right hose for the task22.09.2014

NORRES Schlauchtechnik as a further innovation in its anniversary year is now offering a Hose Finder app which can be quickly and easily downloaded to customers’ smartphones.
4

Indonesian baby food blending line22.09.2014

Bangkok-based J-Tec Thailand recently supplied an advanced blending line to one of the Indonesian plants of a major international manufacturer of baby foods.
5

Gericke celebrates 120th anniversary22.09.2014

Gericke this year commemorates 120 years of successful trading since it was established in Zurich in 1894 by Walter H Gericke, initially to service local flour mills.
Week 2
1

Flexicon headquarters to double in size15.09.2014

Flexicon Corporation has begun a major expansion of its Bethelehem, PA, headquarters which are set to become twice as large as at present.
2

EuroBulkSystems in Moscow15.09.2014

EuroBulkSystems editorial staff were on hand at POWX2014, the 1st International Forum for the Technology and Processing of Bulk and Powder, which took place over three days in early September at the Expocentre Fairgrounds in Moscow.
3

Filled bags palletised and loaded to trucks by single machine15.09.2014

FLSmidth Ventomatic has developed the Flying Fork-Lift (FFL), a new and revolutionary patent-pending truck loading system.
4

New managing director at Fike Europe15.09.2014

Frank Oosterlinck has been appointed managing director of explosion protection specialist Fike Europe.
5

Compact drawer magnets safeguard stretch film production15.09.2014

Bunting Magnetics Europe recently supplied a series of magnetic separators to the Leominster factory of BPI Minster Films, a producer of agricultural and industrial stretch film with three sites in the UK and one in Belgium.
Week 1
1

Starlinger-Sahm builds new North American HQ01.09.2014

Greenville-based American Starlinger-Sahm, Inc (ASSI) is expanding and in the final week of August held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of its new North American headquarters.
2

Sieving of blood plasma powders and haemoglobin powders01.09.2014

Frewitt Fabrique des Machines has recently supplied its ConiWitt conical sieve mill to a company with an established reputation as a worldwide leader in the area of livestock feed additives produced from blood components.
3

Kit for fitting small aeration pads01.09.2014

Solimar Pneumatics has announced a new method of installation for its 2in diameter Mini Fluidizer discs.
4

Flameless venting for bucket elevator dust explosions01.09.2014

RSBP will be introducing on Stand 4-431 at POWTECH its new FLEX flameless explosion relief equipment, an effective and economical solution to protect indoor mechanical vertical conveyors such as bucket elevators and tubular chain conveyors.
5

Gentle touch mixing of coffee, cocoa and tea08.09.2014

Lindor will be exhibiting at COTECA, 24-26 September, in Hamburg (Hall 4, Stand 420)
6

Single supplier for second production line at Wonder Cement, India08.09.2014

Aumund India has won a five-million-euro contract to supply all machines needed for the construction of a second production line at Wonder Cement’s plant at Nimbahera, District Chittorgarh within the Indian state of Rajasthan.
7

New manager for Haver Southern Africa08.09.2014

With effect from beginning of August, Demelza Mulligan has taken over as head of Haver Southern Africa.
8

Removing difficult-to-detect contaminants from foodstuffs08.09.2014

S+S Separation and Sorting Technology will be showing an enhanced version of its RAYCON BULK X-ray product sorting system on Stand 4A-125 at POWTECH, along with magnet systems and inductive metal separators for applications in the bulk materials industry.
9

Double-flange slide valve08.09.2014

Process Components has launched a new series of Mucon DSV double-flange slide valves following the success of its low cost SV range of single-flanged slide valves.
10

Increasing the capacity of spray drying towers01.09.2014

Dinnissen points out that the enormous initial investment costs and high energy consumption of spray drying towers can result in the drying of liquid products such as milk extracts, whey, flavour concentrates, and wet-mix products becoming a very expensive exercise.
August - 2014
Week 4
1

High-containment bag discharge/filling25.08.2014

Dec Group (Dietrich Engineering Consultants), has recently introduced the Isocharge system, a low-cost method of both dispensing and charging bags into reactors or receiving hoppers via the company’s PTS Powder Transfer System.
2

Sample probe for bagged products25.08.2014

Bürkle has recently introduced the QuickPicker which collects samples quickly and channels them directly into the sampling bottle.
3

Sanitary airlocks machined from stainless steel25.08.2014

DMN-Westinghouse will present the new SAL sizes 50 and 65 on stand 1-425 at POWTECH.
4

Active ingredients homogenised under sterile conditions25.08.2014

amixon GmbH reports that a pharmaceutical company has recently integrated an amixon® vertical mixer-drier into its production line to homogenise active agents under highly sterile conditions.
5

Advanced versatile weigh processor25.08.2014

Rice Lake Weighing Systems Europe (formerly Master Engineering) will present a new approved weight indicator for tank-, hopper- and batch weigh systems on Stand 4-228 at POWTECH.
Week 3
1

Improved surface polish enhances vibratory conveyor hygiene18.08.2014

Key Technology is offering a rotary polish as the new standard finish on its vibratory and horizontal motion conveyor beds.
2

Largest circular vibratory screener yet built18.08.2014

Kason Corporation Europe has introduced the model K100-2(IRC)-SS circular vibratory screener which, with a diameter of 254cm, is believed to be the world’s largest machine of its type.
3

Wide range of hammer mills with emphasis on multi-tasking18.08.2014

Dinnissen Process Technology has introduced a new range of hammer mills designed for grinding and screening even the most difficult ingredients.
4

Powders in FIBCs protected from weather by PVC-clad structure18.08.2014

Smart Space has supplied a temporary building to Northwich-based Resin Handling Services (RHS) to provide storage for bulk bags containing polymers and other perishable powders.
5

Weighing terminal provides PROFINET IO connectivity18.08.2014

Mettler Toledo reports that its popular IND780 weighing terminal is now available with an optional PROFINET IO® interface and most existing weighing installations using IND780 can be upgraded to PROFINET IO connectivity.
Week 2
1

Batching/feeding innovations from Italy11.08.2014

Nol-Tec Europe will feature on Stand 4-346 at POWTECH among various technologies for the bulk material handling its Wonderbatch® system: a revolutionary concept of inline formulation that offers a total solution for batching and powder handling for light-duty applications.
2

Enhanced intensifier for IBC blending11.08.2014

Matcon will feature on Stand 4-220 at POWTECH its revolutionary IBC Blender Intensifier. This same device will also be shown on the company’s stand (D33) at the UK’s PPMA Show which takes place at the same time.
3

PCME acquired by Environnement SA11.08.2014

Environnement SA, a leading global supplier of environmental monitoring equipment acquired PCME Ltd, a specialist international supplier of continuous particulate monitors for industrial processes.
4

Quantum leap for vibratory separation11.08.2014

Sweco Europe will be introducing its revolutionary new Proteus separator on Stand 4-244 at POWTECH.
5

Latest advance in wax and resin granulation11.08.2014

Sandvik Process Systems will use this year’s TurkChem to highlight the benefits of its most advanced granulation system to date, the Rotoform 4G.
Week 1
1

Rotary packing of small bags04.08.2014

Haver & Boecker, Machinery Division, has chosen POWTECH for the worldwide launch of its new ROTO-PACKER® small-bag packing machine.
2

Bag discharger with automated pallet handler04.08.2014

Dinnissen Process Technology has developed a new bag emptier with an integrated automated pallet handler especially for companies looking to process large numbers of bags.
3

Screw blowers for low-pressure applications04.08.2014

Kaeser Kompressoren will be showcasing its new EBS series of high-efficiency screw blowers for the low pressure sector at POWTECH (Stand 4-123).
4

Gentle feeding/gravimetric batch blending04.08.2014

Coperion K-Tron will present a BSP-135 bulk solids pump feeder on a pivoting base as well as a gravimetric batch blender with integrated vacuum receivers and powder feeder at this year’s Fakuma (Hall 6, Booth A6507).
5

Robust belt bucket elevators handle Kenyan minerals04.08.2014

Aumund Fördertechnik delivered eight belt bucket elevators to Base Titanium Ltd in Kenya through the intermediary of Ausenco, the global engineering and project management contractor.
  
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