Challenges with pneumatic conveying systems

Pneumatic conveying systems in production plants are used to move a variety of materials from fine powders to larger aggregates through a flow of gas. This bulk material is enclosed in pipes and moves through a unique system from receiving to process operations, and product loadout or bagging. With a less effective system, many issues can arise leaving you unsure about where to troubleshoot.

Improperly designed pneumatic conveyors can also lead to early wear of components, degradation of the quality of the product(s), dust emissions, low reliability of the system, or an inability to reach rated capacity.

All of these consequences directly impact your bottom line.

Operations that depend on pneumatic conveyors to transfer bulk materials face ever-increasing demands to reduce power consumption, improve system reliability, performance, productivity, and safety, often with shrinking maintenance budgets.

Pneumatic conveyors do not have a set of industry-approved standards like screw or belt conveyors. Engineers and operators do not have guidelines to optimize the material flow process and this can make designing and troubleshooting systems difficult. Material properties of a product must be carefully considered as part of the design process as even small differences can drastically affect the material flow and overall system productivity.

Your answer to designing, optimizing or troubleshooting

There is a solution. PneuCalc 7.0.0 is a comprehensive, easy-to-use software that has been specifically built to help engineers and operators design and optimize pneumatic conveying systems.

Whether you have a pressure or vacuum system, PneuCalc’s features and tools will help you realize the best design by displaying dilute, dense, and mixed modes of conveying, calculating material saltation velocity, automatic Geldart display material group classification, and detailed pipe segment display.

Drag-and-drop features, a dynamic visual interface, and a robust, time-saving material and gas properties database are all part of this exciting software that will help you achieve maximum results for your system.

PneuCalc enables the correct equipment to be built or optimized to fit the application. You can determine how different feed points, changes in direction, vertical pipes, system airflow, and pipe geometry/diameter will affect the efficiency of conveying certain materials in your system thereby achieving maximum efficiency.

Our software also provides a workflow to make the process of determining the correct parameters for your system easier and more efficient. Red flag alerts in the process will show you where design issues are challenged.

PneuCalc helps you evaluate technical proposals from third-party suppliers and provides all the technical tools necessary to fine-tune a solution by having the best information available to guide the decision-making process.

Design and troubleshoot pressure and vacuum systems

Calculate and display dilute, dense, and mixed modes of conveying

Debottleneck and verify design parameters instantly

Easy-to-use drag-and-drop features

Efficient and effective benefits

  • Systems are designed using a clear workflow with technological guidance where design risks are clearly flagged.
  • Can be used to design, optimize, or troubleshoot both vacuum and pressure systems.
  • Calibrates calculations based on real-life application data for accurate results.
  • Includes Geldart material group classification display and saltation velocity calculation tools.
  • Clearly displays dilute, dense, and mixed modes of conveying, at each point of the system, allowing users to clearly understand how the material behaves in the pneumatic conveying system.
  • Cost-effective and backed by more than two decades of proven performance.

“I have used PneuCalc 7.0 to help verify, set up, and troubleshoot various pneumatic conveying systems. It was quick and easy giving the guidance needed for each project. This software will be another great tool for anyone that wants to understand the specifics of their pneumatic system airflow.”

Kevin Solofra | Laboratory Manager, Bulk Solids Innovation Center, Kansas State University

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