Barton Fabrications, one of the leading UK silo suppliers to the plastics industry, has launched a new static cone blender. The new product, which is also retrofit-able on customers' sites, is targeted at companies who are using both virgin and recycled plastic feedstock. The business reports significant interest reflected in early orders for the new design.
Commenting on the penthouse feature for high specification sugar and flour silos, Mark Barton, Barton Fabrications' Managing Director said:
Photograph shows new static cone blender supplied by Barton Fabrications
"The problems of feedstock homogeneity will be well recognised by plastic moulders. With the increased interest in the use of recycled material, we saw an opportunity to develop an improved static cone blender. Development work started in mid 2008 and, following successful completion of trials, we are delighted to confirm that orders for a number of the new blender silos and on-site retrofit blenders have already been secured.
"Every customer requires a slightly different solution as each type of plastic feedstock material has its own flow characteristic. This property relates to a number of factors including particulate density, morphology and coefficient of friction. To optimise the design of new silos we produced a scale trial unit in which we can alter the blender cone dimensions and angles. In this way we can ensure we obtain the best mixing result. In addition, as the unit is made of clear acrylic, we can dynamically demonstrate, using different coloured feedstock, how effective the mixing is."
Free field trials at customers' sites can be arranged and any plastic moulder who wishes to review the latest technology to improve their in-silo feedstock mixing is invited to contact Barton Fabrications via its web site www.bartonfabs.co.uk