Recently Van Beek was again able to supply a ‘state of the art’ TwinFeeder to Hosokawa Micron in Doetinchem. Hosokawa uses this type of TwinFeeder as a feed screw for their Drymeister flash dryer. Because of the constantly changing designs that Hosokawa Micron needs, it remains a challenge for Van Beek to adapt the TwinFeeder each time for this specific customer. Van Beek has succeeded in this to Hosokawa’s full satisfaction, shown by the fact that relationship between the two companies already goes back more than 25 years. This relationship is based on quality, knowledge, expertise and involvement of the employees.
The TwinFeeder is used by Hosokawa Micron to supply their flash dryer, the ‘Drymeister’ (DMR). This dryer combines drying, grinding and wind sifting and can produce an ultrafine powder directly from moist material with a very narrow particle size distribution. With two rotating screws, driven by one motor and gear, the TwinFeeder feeds different products to be dried such as fish waste, starch, rice flour, brewers grains, vegetable and fruit pulp and calcium carbonate into a continuous process. The capacity of the TwinFeeder therefore varies considerably. A TwinFeeder for a laboratory application requires for example a capacity of 40 litres per hour, while a production machine for organic crystals actually processes 7600 litres per hour.
Roel Kneepkens, Sales Engineer at Van Beek, says: “We have been working since time immemorial with Hosokawa Micron. But it is still a challenge for Van Beek to achieve the different designs that Hosokawa Micron needs. I enjoy working with Hosokawa Micron as a critical client that only accepts each machine when the dimensions and level of finish have been checked by an inspector. We also attach great important to this, because Van Beek stands for quality and reliability”.
Wouter van den Bergh, purchaser at Hosokawa Micron B.V., adds: “Our relationship with Van Beek goes back more than 25 years. We like working with Van Beek not only because of the quality of the screw conveyor systems, but also because of the ready knowledge and expertise of the employees. Van Beek as a partner helps us think in technical terms. For example Van Beek ensures that the designs that Hosokawa Micron needs do not get out of step with previous designs”.
The TwinFeeder may be a relatively small machine, in which the seals, bearings and sealing unit are incorporated compactly. As an option a large buffer or stilling bin is mounted on the inlet. Depending on the required capacity the diameter of the screws varies between 100 and 250 mm. For the seal Van Beek selects a special V-ring seal or a gland packing. An axial outlet ensures that the product is dispensed directly into the DMR and so enters the process directly.
The design is of SS304 or SS316, possibly with a hygienic finish such as electrolytically polished or high gloss polished (RA >0.8 µm). An Atex design of the TwinFeeder and certification is possible. Another option is a heavy duty design of the machine so that the TwinFeeder is suitable for 10 bar epsr (explosion proof shock resistant).
About Hosokawa Micron B.V.
Hosokawa Micron B.V. in Doetinchem forms part of the Hosokawa Micron Group from Japan and specialises in the design and manufacture of machinery and complete systems for the mechanical and thermal processes of dry and wet powders.
NAUTA-MIX in Haarlem, set up in 1923, has for years maintained close links with Hosokawa Micron in Japan, which in 1982 resulted NAUTA-MIX being acquired by Hosokawa Micron Japan. A year later, in 1983, Machinefabriek VRIECO joined the Hosokawa Micron Group and in 1987 Hosokawa Micron BV Nederland came into being. Working from Doetinchem
Hosokawa Micron BV has new and up-to-date premises which also accommodate the most advanced test facilities.
Hosokawa Micron BV specialises in the powder processing industry with their core-business being: Engineering, design, delivery and service of systems and complete plants for (High shear) mixing, drying, granulation, grinding, classification and filling and weighing of powders and combinations of the above-mentioned processes in the pharmaceuticals, (fine) chemicals, food, cosmetics, plastics and metals and minerals industry.