Barton Fabrications, the leading UK silo supplier to the plastics industry, reports growing interest in its static cone blender which uses no power and is maintenance free. The blender unit, which is also retrofit-able on customer’s sites, is targeted at companies who are using both virgin and recycled plastic feedstock.
Mark Barton, MD of Barton Fabrications said:
" The problems of feedstock homogeneity will be well recognised by plastic moulders. With the increased interest in the use of recycled material, we saw an opportunity to develop an improved static cone blender back in 2008. Since then we have supplied over 40 blender units.
"The blender benefits from zero power usage and requires no maintenance, as it works using a cleverly designed static mixing unit within the silo. Every customer requires a slightly different solution as each type of plastic feedstock material has its own flow characteristic. This property relates to a number of factors including particulate density, morphology and coefficient of friction. To optimise the design of new silos we produce a scale trial unit in which we can alter the blender cone dimensions and angles. In this way we can ensure we obtain the best mixing result. In addition, as the demonstration unit is made of clear acrylic, we can dynamically demonstrate, using different coloured feedstock, how effective the mixing is."
Free field trials at customer’s sites can be arranged and any plastic moulder who wishes to review the latest technology to improve their in-silo feedstock mixing is invited to contact Barton Fabrications via its Web site.