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Pneumatic conveying isn’t necessarily one of those turns of phrase that rolls off everyone’s tongue. However, it’s an important sector of transportation technology that makes it possible for us to eat, drink, and live the way we do.
In Nebraska, we’re lucky enough to have one of the premier pneumatic conveying technology companies in the world headquartered in York, where they have been located since 1988. For over forty years, Cyclonaire has been one of the leading manufacturers of pneumatic conveying systems, components, and accessories.
Before we move to Cyclonaire, specifically, here’s a quick intro to pneumatic conveying technology for those who aren’t familiar with it already. The goal is to transport bulk solids materials: think concrete, toxic gases, or even flour. There are two ways to do this. One is by using a vacuum system and the other is by using pressure (you can see diagrams of what that looks like here).
Cyclonaire offers conveying equipment for both methods, but it depends on both what type of material you wish to convey, as well as understanding the three basic categories of conveying:
- Dense: Dense phase pneumatic conveying uses a low-speed system. Friable materials, like chalk, stone, or dried clay need this system to reduce damage to the particles as they’re being transferred.
- Semi-Dense: Products in an aeratable state, like cement or fly ash use a system in which only a portion of the material is suspended in the air stream during transportation.
- Dilute: This is the system you’d use with flour or cornstarch, materials with a light density. The material is constantly suspended in the airstream, and it requires a high airflow to keep the particles suspended.
“Our clients come to us with the toughest jobs, and we deliver solutions every time, bringing a passion for excellence to every job,” Cyclonaire explains. “In fact, our team welcomes these challenges and enjoys finding results, no matter how difficult.” This “can-do” attitude serves the company well in their work with a wide variety of industries: an astonishing variety, as a matter of fact. Food processing, automation, government, manufacturing, minerals, plastics, rubber and more have all worked with Cyclonaire to find solutions to their transportation problems.
Take food processing, for example. We often take for granted that our food won’t be contaminated or tainted in any way when we receive it, and that’s why it is so important to have safe, secure, and tightly manufactured systems that will keep food safe while it’s being transferred in bulk amounts. Cyclonaire has designed systems to transport corn flour, corn starch, peanuts, salt, sugar, wheat germ, and wheat flour to ensure that the food reaches its destination safe and sound.
A well designed material-moving system can also have a substantial impact on quality of life: “For example, our equipment has been used during a dam construction project to allow for the reduction of noise complaints in local neighborhoods. Cement deliveries were restricted to certain hours on weekdays, and Cyclonaire ensured that the deliveries could be offloaded quickly enough to meet all project demands, while keeping the local area relatively free of traffic and noise pollution.”
To learn more about careers with Cyclonaire or how to work with them on a pneumatic conveying project, click here!
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