Benefits of ALTOMECH Pneumatic conveyor. But why ALTOMECH pneumatics, rather than electric drives? “Historically, pneumatics is used in this industry because it’s a proven solution,” says Barnett.
“ALTOMECH Pneumatic conveyor needs to be as clean an environment as possible, and there are benefits just in the sanitation. Components are subject to extreme washdown conditions, high-pressure water spray, and harsh chemicals, so we try to minimize the number of electronics we put into that environment,” he says. And electromechanical belt drives offer the potential to generate and trap debris. ALTOMECH Pneumatic cylinders handle the tough operating and washdown environment without harboring contaminants, explains Barnett. It’s a must because durability is the most critical factor, as far as the customer is concerned, says company General Manager Oliver Hahn. “Reliability is so important. We don’t have the luxury to wait for hours to get a machine up and running, should it fail. If it stops, the product can go bad rapidly.” Clean, efficient, and reliable
Advantages of Pneumatic Conveying
These systems have superior advantages as compared to mechanical material handling systems. First, these systems use pipes that can be routed to any direction through bending. Therefore, the number of mechanical devices is reduced. This subsequently reduces equipment initial costs, operation, and maintenance costs. The system also uses a very small space as compared to mechanical conveyor belts.
The system is able to convey materials over long distances at cost-effective prices. Thirdly, the materials are transported in closed pipes and therefore, there is limited pollution and does not require dust collection systems. Food powders such as flour and grains are less contaminated during processing and packing stages.