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Stainless steel pneumatic conveying system for candy manufacturing

Pneumatic Conveying Systems: Feeding Bulk Material In - Discharging Bulk Material Out

When discussing pneumatic conveying systems, handling the "ends of the line," both the feed end (where material enters the system) and the discharge end (where material exits the system), is essential for efficiency, reliability, and maintaining product quality. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to approach both ends, focusing on the initial feeding of material into the line and the effective removal of solids from the conveying gas at the discharge.

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Introduction to Acoustic Cleaning with Sonic Horns

Sonic Horn Acoustic Cleaning History

The use of sound vibrations produced by sonic horns, as a means of fluidizing unwanted dust and agglomerated particulate in industrial process equipment, has been a well accepted practice for years. Sonic horns have been used to clean filter bags in baghouses in the carbon black and cement industries since the 1950s. These early sonic horns proved that acoustic energy could improve filter bag cleaning in conjunction with the primary reverse-air cleaning however their benefit was not fully realized throughout the industry as they are today.

Sonic horns began their present popularity in the 1980’s after the utility industry started using sonic horns to help reduce baghouse pressure drop, which was limiting plant generating capacity. Sonic horns became extremely cost effective in improving bag cleaning, thus increasing the power plants megawatt generating capacity.

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Wireless IoT Devices for Smart Plant Management

Today we’re talking about IoT devices - specifically wireless devices. This is a request that seems to be increasing a lot from our customers. You have a lot of measurables at your plant, signals, digital and analog that you can make a difference in how well your plant is working. There are new, low cost ways to measure this kind of information, and it's with wireless IoT enabled devices.

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Cement Plant Maintenance Pyramid

Virtual Reliability Manager: How to Become a SMART Cement Plant

Cloud-based IoT control systems remotely monitor not only dust collector conditions, but universally monitor emissions, airflow, vibration, humidity, high temperature or any other data set, from anywhere on most any equipment around the globe. This increases the use of predictive maintenance.

Joe Haney, Product Manager for Fine Filtration and IAC's SMART Plant Remote Monitoring Technology, gave a presentation at the 2023 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Conference on the topic of utilizing IoT technology to connect cement plant processing systems to monitoring software which allows cement plant personnel to remotely monitor machine operations, thus saving valuable maintenance time and reducing the potential for unexpected down time. 

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Using Sonic Horns for Dairy Production

Sonic horns, also known as acoustic cleaners, have become increasingly popular in various industries due to their ability to efficiently and effectively clean equipment and surfaces. In the milk powder production industry, sonic horns have proven to be an essential tool for enhancing productivity and improving product quality. Here are some of the benefits of using sonic horns for milk powder production.

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Glossary of Rotary Dryer Terms

Rotary dryers play a pivotal role in various industrial sectors, providing a highly efficient and cost-effective solution for drying bulk materials. The intricate design of these industrial rotary dryers enables them to handle a wide range of materials, including aggregates, biomass, minerals, and waste products. This advanced technology has revolutionized the drying process, ensuring optimal performance, versatility, and reliability. Delve into this comprehensive glossary to gain insights into the cutting-edge engineering and innovative developments shaping the future of rotary dryers, and explore their potential to transform your business operations.

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EPC Project Owner and Construction Manager

Negotiating EPC Contracts: Can Project Owners Save Money by Procuring Materials?

IAC works with many industrial construction clients in the very early stages of their capital projects. We often help with preliminary design and budgeting. Clients like the appeal of saving money by procuring  many of the larger ticket items themselves. Are the clients really saving money though?

Let’s look at the ricks and challenges of EPC procurement from a couple of different angles and see if it is worth the client purchasing items or if it is better for the EPC contractor (or General Contractor) to purchase them.

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