Setting Up a Powder Transfer System for Success

Setting Up a Powder Transfer System for Success

There are so many considerations that go into setting up your powder transfer system for success. But, first let’s define what a successful system is. Everyone has their own definition based on their goals, but generally we can all agree that a successful system is safe and safeguards your product and operating environment from contaminants, and results in efficient production, less waste and measurable bottom-line improvements. The short version is a system that maximizes production and maintains a safe operating environment.

Sounds like a tall order, but building or re-engineering a powder transfer system’s success is easier if you start with the end goals in mind and work with an integrator who solves challenges you might not have thought of before. For example, the challenge of keeping cost of a powder transfer system in check. One of the biggest mistakes we see made is putting cost above all else. Cost of your system is of course a huge factor, but it should not be the driving factor. Doing so ends up costing more money in the end by way of inefficiency, safety and the downtime required to deal with those problems.

What should your powder transfer system be based on? Three things:

  1. The type and nature of the powder to be conveyed
  2. The conveyor’s intended use
  3. Any environmental factors that will or might influence the conveyor’s design

Once these three factors are determined, then decisions can be made wisely about how to keep costs in check.

Partnering with a true integrator to set up your powder transfer system greatly improves your chances of success compared to working with a supplier. The difference between the two is like night and day. Suppliers rely on you to present your specifications. They take that information to fill your order.

On the other hand, Magnum Systems is an integrator, designing and engineering bulk material handling systems from the ground up or identifying new ways to solve challenges through equipment integration and automation. Having worked in bulk material handling across key industries, we are able to take what we learn about your unique operations, pinpoint and solve for issues you know. And, more importantly, the ones you might not see coming down the line.

Every plant and operation are unique; however, there are some basic factors that go into designing a successful powder transfer system, such as:

  • Designing the equipment for the conveying distance the powder will travel and your optimal conveying rate
  • Ensuring pipe size is appropriate for the powder’s density and amount, distance to be conveyed and conveying rate, while keeping in mind inlets, outlets, and bends for design
  • Including fans and filters, especially for toxic or dusty powder materials, to safeguard employees and the system itself
  • Adding the appropriate control system that offers superior power over operation and capability to troubleshoot errors and issues
  • Your precise needs, requirements and goals, as well as your facility’s size and layout

Whether this is the first time you’re setting up a powder transfer system or you want to upgrade your existing system, Magnum Systems is your partner in creating a successful one that ticks all your boxes and even exceeds your expectations.

We are one of North America’s leading designers and manufacturers of material handling and packaging systems for dry bulk materials. We earned that spot with our collective engineering knowledge and application experience. We’re not all that flashy, but customers who process bulk materials, like powder, value our ability to solve their bulk material handling challenges.

Contact us today to get started on your project!