Esteve's test center

This station has been designed to be both representative of industrial processes installed at customers, but also flexible to adapt to the variety of tests that can be conducted. It thus consists of an empty big-bag station, a pneumatic conveying system and a metering station around which can be installed various mobile devices to configure the system according to the specifics of each test.

The big-bag station can support products delivered either in big bags or in smaller packaging with an emptying hopper for bags.

The products can then be transferred to a metering station by a pneumatic conveying equipment operating both in pressure or vacuum. Inline elements such as a magnet or a sieve can be inserted. The air speed can be adjusted to suit the nature of the products and sought transfer mode.

The metering station consists of a weighed cyclone filter "all options". Accessible via a wide platform, it has been further provided with portholes and a quick opening hatch for easily visualizing the behavior of the products.

The station also offers the opportunity to test the feeding of micro-ingredients with a full range metering devices (SCD/MCD/DVT) operable by both batch and continuous downweighing.

The control of all of these facilities are centralized in main control cabinet incorporating a PLC and a control panel with new design allowing a natural and intuitive navigation.

Finally, we also find an array of small equipment for the characterization of powders with a vibrating screen for measuring particle size and fluidization column.

The Esteve company has a dedicated tool for the continuous improvement of its processes conveying and metering of bulk materials. Designed to serve its customers this tool can also be decisive for the selection and validation of a method in the pre-study.