PACS closeupThose who devote their time and skill to bulk material handling know how much they depend on a material flow that isn’t slowed by pluggage and build-up. This becomes particularly true if you’re working with wet or sticky material such as sand or cement.

Consistent production and customer service require that chutes, bins, hoppers, silos and bunkers be free of obstruction. Achieving this flow is the ideal – as well as the challenge.

When the material flow starts to slow or back up, you have to spend valuable labor and time correcting the problem. On top of that, pluggage and build-up often waste product and raise the risk of equipment damage. Personal safety can become an issue as well.

At many plants, operators may use pneumatic vibrators for stuck material, but this too can crack system components. Industrial air cannons (air blasters) might also be used to break accumulation with straight, powerful bursts. However, industrial air cannons don’t stop build-up from forming again; they only deal with the issue as it arises.

As your partner in better bulk material handling, Benetech addresses what stands in the way of more-profitable production and service. We know what you’re up against with material build-up, and we develop the bulk material flow aids you need to resolve it.

Benetech Pneumatic Air Cannon System (PACS)

Benetech understands how to keep your material flowing because our engineers have researched, designed, tested and applied the solution.

Benetech pneumatic air cannons use an automatic radial system with standard plant compressed air at 80–100 psig to clear pluggage and build-up. Unlike industrial air cannons, which don’t prevent build-up, PACS keeps your chutes, bins, hoppers, silos and bunkers clean by not letting material clump and stick in the first place.

Pneumatic Air Cannon System on a transfer chute

To implement your system, we remove existing vibrators and install precisely positioned pneumatic-cannon air nozzles on the side wall. From there, PACS does everything for you without the need for constant checkups – just let the system run.

Electronic controls trigger each wear-resistant nozzle to fire a precise burst of plant air at 360° for 0.1 second along the wall surface through a solenoid valve in a set sequence. The air burst hits the wall at an adjustable distance of two to three feet in diameter. Because the air moves in circles, material cannot layer on the wall and gravity carries constantly dislodged product back into the flow.

Beyond its highly efficient function, PACS offers your plant great convenience of operation and maintenance. Both the control station and the air tank are remote at ground level for easy access. You also can locate the control panel and the timers for user-friendly adjustment of air pressure and air-release sequencing. PACS even auto-cleans itself.

The bulk material flow aids do not require confined-space permits. In addition, because PACS frees personnel from having to climb into containers or under unloading ports to deal with material build-up, it helps to make your plant safer.

Benetech air cannons serve as reliable, powerful production assets for many bulk material industries such as cement, steel, coal, aggregate, sand, pet coke, mining and wood chips.

Benetech Pneumatic Air Cannons: More Business Benefits

In addition to resolving your immediate challenges with material pluggage and build-up, PACS provides you with Benetech’s skilled and attentive customer support.

Our field techs are highly trained to install and maintain your pneumatic cannon system onsite at your plant. With vast programming experience, our engineers can customize the system controls for each of your applications. They can also integrate PACS into a Distributed Control System and write programs to your requirements.

Break Up Production Obstructions Starting Now

The Benetech Pneumatic Air Cannon System contributes to a more efficient, profitable and hazard-free bulk material–handling business. Increase safety and efficiency while prolonging the life of equipment. Contact us at (630) 844-1300 today to speak with a Benetech specialist.

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