Speaking with an engineer at the factory, we identified that there was a problem with an ultra-sonic sieving machine unloading into a bin without any flexible connection to the bin below it.
The problem was dust and a contamination risk.
The solution was a bespoke flexible connection custom made for the requirements by KIWI Engineering.
After detailed discussion we understood the problem and potential implications and that a tailor-made flexible connections would provide an efficient, effective solution.
Our experienced engineer suggested a urethane flexible connection made from FDA approved material, fabricated in our in-house RF (radio frequency) welding department.
The solution was produced to an agreed design, whereby the flexible connection tapered from 155mm diameter out to 680mm, with a vertical drop of 250mm. Rubber tensioning bands encapsulated within the urethane to provide a dust tight seal on both the sieve and the bin below. To retain the sleeve in place, we suggested either stainless steel retention bands or ratchet straps be used.
The polyurethane material used provided a strong and durable connection; dust tight and wear resistant and the solution is well able to cope with the vibration from the sieve.
Added benefits for the customer were that the custom made flexible connections are easy to clean and can be re-used as they have high stain resistance.
The result of this scenario was a stop to product loss for the customer, elimination of a dust hazard and no possibility for any contamination from an outside source to the product. A potential health & safety problem was solved by one flexible connection, and the company made savings financially – from putting a stop to product loss.
Other case studies for flexible connections
Read our case study about flexible connections for a sieving machine manufacturer and our case study about flexible connections for a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer to see what our clients say about our work in this area.