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Bentonite

Macawber Denseveyor Pneumatic Conveying System for Bentonite

IN BRIEF

A company running a bentonite mining operation in Wyoming decided to replace their high maintenance bucket elevator with a Macawber pneumatic conveying system. Bentonite, a clay made up of minerals, is utilized in many different products from animal feed and cosmetics to casting molds and cement. The system purchased included an 8/8-5 Denseveyor® along with a 5” pinch type switch valve and pneumatic controls.

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MATERIAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Material: Bentonite
  • Bulk Density: 65.9 lbs./ft3
  • Temperature: ≤ 212°F
  • Moisture: ≤ 11.8%
  • Condition: Moderate flowing

SYSTEM OBJECTIVES
1. Reduce maintenance
2. Create operational savings
3. Decrease downtime 

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE

  • Transfer Capacity: 15.00 T/hr.
  • Conveying Distance: 200 ft.
  • Reception Points: 2

IMPROVEMENTS ACHIEVED
1. Maintenance cost was reduced significantly
2. Generated savings
3. Downtime lessened with less moving parts and system reliability