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National Bulk Equipment, Inc: Fully-automated, self-contained bulk material handling system has 12,000-lb. capacity

National Bulk Equipment’s fully automated, self-contained, bulk material handling system completely manages material from the introduction stage, through discharge and conditioning, to downstream supply of finished material into manufacturing operations with limited human interaction.

Operator interaction is limited to container loading and removal. The NBE lift-and-seal carriage receives each 1,450-lb. container and precisely aligns and seals it to the custom, stainless-steel discharge hood using an automatic centering system. The 2,000-lb. capacity lift carriage raises and rotates the container 180 degrees, ensuring complete material discharge. The 100 cu.-ft. capacity, stainless-steel receiving hopper with integrated agitator pre-conditions the material. A 9-in. diameter auger feeds pre-conditioned material to a high-capacity, dual-shaft size reduction crumbler for final conditioning of the material prior to pneumatic conveying to downstream process operations. High-capacity, chain-drive, live-roller conveyors and 90-degree rotation turntables provide container indexing and accumulation. Electrogalvanized, zinc-coated, carbon-steel conveyor rollers provide corrosion resistance and extended duty cycles in the harsh environment.

Complete process automation engineering and integration, including controls, sensors, monitoring, and data reporting are all centralized to a single, menu-driven touch screen HMI, built by NBE. Legacy upstream and downstream equipment automation integrates with NBE automation to the facility’s SCADA center.

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