If you run pneumatic conveying systems you know the challenges.
Drill down into all of these and you find common root causes. Pneumatic conveyors are run on theoretical calculations and best guesses.
Bottom line....when the pipes plug, people crank up the gas/air speed. When product damage, maintenance requirements and energy costs increases, people crank down the air speed.
It works...sort of. But this isn't consistent with the rigor that engineerinng teams bring to their manufacturing processes.
It's time for a better solution, but nobody wants to beta a new technology. That's where Auburn's particle velocity measurement instruments fit in.
With non-intrusive exterior ring sensors, the field proven triboelectric detection technology which has measured low density particle activity for more than two decades can now accurately measure particle velocity of products moving through pneumatic conveying systems.
There are a number of potential applications. Examples include: