Most pneumatic conveyor designs, unlike manually transferred powders, create a closed system – a system that prevents the product from becoming airborne and entering the environment.
This equates to many things, but basically:
- Your product isn’t contaminating the environment (critical if your product is hazardous)
- The environment isn’t contaminating your product (especially important if your product is oxygen sensitive)
Regardless of your process being batch or continuous, the creation of a closed system is the surest way to keep your facility, employees, and product clean. By sustaining a dust-free environment exterior contaminants are eliminated as is the need for expensive personal protective equipment (PPE). The removal of these contaminants will not only improve your systems cleanliness, it will also reduce external corrosion and thus prolong the life of your equipment.
Powder handling solutions designed by DDPS incorporate the Powder Pump, an apparatus that features an easily accessible dust filter element to enable hassle-free cleaning, inspection, and change out. This user-friendly design makes it more manageable to uphold a good housekeeping regime, plus maintenance personnel and operators can appreciate the significant decrease in dust and powder spills. Additionally, less labor is required to clean and maintain cleanliness so the cost-performance ratio of the system is improved, providing significant savings over other transfer methods.
Bottom line: Whether it is housekeeping requirements for sanitation or general cleaning between batches, pneumatic transfer systems need less maintenance and offer a cleaner way to transfer than manual and mechanical methods.