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Experts assess the Pionus software program as unique and professional

Van Beek started the design of Pionus, its own business software program, many years ago. Independent specialist Skopos was asked to examine the functionality and future prospects of the system. The conclusion was favourable: “The big advantage of the system is the integration of the package with the technology”, says Gerrit Vixseboxse, director at Skopos. “That is really unique.”

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Screw conveyors quick to clean with Van Beek Hypreme

Thanks to Van Beek’s innovative cleaning techniques screw conveyors can also comply with the most stringent hygiene standards. In some segments of the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries screw conveyors were previously not seen as an option, but the Hypreme products SpeedClean and EasyClean have changed all this.

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Van Beek director new chairman of Machevo

The director of Van Beek Schroeftransport, Perry Verberne, is the new chairman of the Machevo & Bulk Association. Tom Pruymboom (director of Ziemann Holvrieka) transferred the chairmanship to Verberne during the network event Machevo Connect on 4 December last.

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Van Beek welcomes four interns

Van Beek again has four new, talented interns in house: Rick, Max, Patrick and Bennie. The students are diving into a number of issues that Van Beek has and are hoping to come up with a solution by the end of their internship.

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Our Twister wins PIP 2018 industry award and public award

Van Beek has won both the industry award and the public award of the Process Innovation Prize (PIP) with our new groundbreaking screw heat exchanger. Our director, Perry Verberne, had to come forwards twice on Wednesday 3 October to receive the awards. The award ceremony was held at the Industrial Processing Trade Fair in Utrecht.

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Liner Filler makes container perfect for bulk transport

20 ft containers zijn in veel gevallen ideaal voor bulktransport. Hun vierkante vorm maakt ze efficiënt in ruimtegebruik en ze zijn eenvoudig per vrachtwagen, spoor of schip te vervoeren. Er was echter een nadeel: hoe krijg je een 20ft container snel gevuld? Als die vraag u ervan heeft weerhouden deze containers te gebruiken, lees dan verder. Wij hebben namelijk het antwoord gevonden.

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‘Twister’ nominated for Process Innovation Prize

With the ‘Twister’, our latest type in the line of Celsius screw heat exchangers, we have been nominated for the Process Innovation Prize (PIP). The Twister is a vertical screw heat exchanger and was specially designed for processing viscous products in the food and petrochemical industry. The award of this prize is an initiative of the Machevo & Bulk Association and will take place on 3 October next during the Industrial Processing 2018 trade show of WoTs.

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Van Beek gives preparatory secondary vocational education students (vmbo’ers) a peep into the future

On 20 June last students from the Willem van Oranje College in Wijk en Aalburg were introduced to their possible future job during a visit to Van Beek. This was done during the second edition of the secondary vocational educational Work Experience Day (vmbo Doe Dag), an initiative of Van Beek, Breman Zuid and Van Delft Group.

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Bouman and Evoluon refine the atmosphere for fourth edition of Solids Select Lunch

The sleek and humorous presentation of economist and journalist Mathijs Bouman, provided a good atmosphere on 30 May last at the Solids Select Lunch. It was the fourth time that Van Beek and the trade journal Bulk had organised this special lunch for their partners and clients. As many as 52 interested people came together in a relaxed atmosphere to talk to people in the same field of work.

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Dino has a dust solution for any load

The Dino mobile bulk truck loader is mobile to use and can load quickly, simply and safely. But how does it actually perform as regards preventing dust forming during loading? Does a mobile bulk truck loader actually have solutions for this? Van Beek has decades of experience as regards loads and over that time the company has developed numerous innovative solutions.

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Better design drawings thanks to welding course

To increase our knowledge of different welding techniques our Van Beek Academy organised a theoretical welding course. Participants also included employees who draw designs in the office.

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Bag compactor now also for big bags

In order to process empty bags in as efficient, cheap and environmentally friendly a way as possible, Van Beek designed the bag compactor. Did you know that our bag compactor will from now on also be able to compact big bags easily?

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360 degree camera ensures more efficient production process

Screw conveyors are customised. It is important for our engineering to clearly assess the location where our machine will stand. To improve this understanding Van Beek has a new tool: the 360 degree camera.

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Five interns on three projects

From this month Van Beek has five new interns in house: Lars, Django, Stijn, Mike and Robert. These students are working on three different projects in the field of IT, marketing and automation. All five hope to complete both their projects and their studies in the early summer.

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Lump breakers prove themselves at Shell

Using our lump breakers the ash-processing SARU units of Shell in Pernis are running at full speed again. “The lump breakers have proved they can meet the requirements of our plant”, says Mario Graca, process engineer at Shell. For big projects of this type Shell is of course playing it safe. The installation was preceded by detailed discussions and tests on site.

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High quality lime from eggshells with eggshell dryer

We have developed the eggshell dryer for drying crushed eggshells in a continuous industrial process. This dryer heats the eggshells to 130 degrees to give a pathogen-free, fine-grained and high quality lime with a maximum moisture content of 1%.

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I really am in the right place at Van Beek, right from day one

The intention was that Marleen would only work for three weeks to offer support, but after nearly leaving three times Marleen has now been working for Van Beek for 12 years.

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Vertical silo mixer creates mass flows within mixing silo

Van Beek has developed the vertical silo mixer for mixing and homogenising free flowing, dry substances of different sizes and with different bulk densities. The silo mixer creates mass flows within the mixing silo, its operation can be compared to that of a chocolate fountain. 

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Logistics assistant succeeded by transport robot

It won’t be any surprise: quite a few parts are needed for the production of our high quality screw conveyors. Our former logistics assistant Arie made sure that everyone in production had the material they needed to do their work to hand. But then Arie left to take his well-deserved retirement. What now?

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Interview with Roel Kneepkens alias Mr. Bulk Truck Loader

Sales manager Roel Kneepkens will be celebrating an anniversary next year, because it will be twelve and a half  years since he started working for Van Beek. He has a broad technical background so he can think along with his clients. 

Kneepkens now works three days a week in the office and two days a week on client’s sites. "They are mainly system integrators and bigger engineering firms who support end users such as Shell and DSM in setting up new production plants and lines."

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Feed Valid receives longest vertical screw conveyor

Sometimes we get questions that are out of the ordinary. For example, can we make a stainless steel screw conveyor of 17.5 metres in one piece? The Van Mourik Group needed two long screws to fill silos of Feed Valid (previously Covaco) from Poederoijen. So far we had never done this, but we quickly calculated that it would be possible and so we went to work.

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Reijnders loads coke with Dino quickly, safely and without dust

Initially started as a transport company and developed into a trading company in coal products, that is the history in a nutshell of Reijnders BV from Boxtel. The latest step in this development is the purchase of a Dino mobile bulk truck loader. “Thanks to the Dino we can do much more work for our clients”, says production planner Ruud van Kollenburg. But there are even more important benefits that make him a satisfied client.

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From first year trainee to Sales Support

Anyone calling Van Beek usually has a good chance of getting Birgit on the line. However in recent months she has been away on maternity leave. On 18 August she gave birth to a beautiful little girl called Maud.

Maud’s brother, Job, was 3 on 22 August. So it is not something entirely new for Birgit. From next 4 December she will be supporting our team again.

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Broad view of drying chain during NWGD excursion

On 25 October last, the members of the Netherlands Drying Working Group (Nederlandse Werkgroep Drogen, NWGD) visited our new site. During the tour we focussed on the great extent to which we automate our work processes. There were around 20 excursion participants who could see with their own eyes how CAD integration in our ERP system works in practice. 

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Joined forces for high-end LIW-feeder

In the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, we are seeing an increasing demand for accurate and reliable recipe dosing in the process line. In order to provide the very best in this field, we have partnered with weighing specialist PENKO, and have developed the LIW (Loss in Weight) feeder.

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Third Dino for logistics service provider, Wessem

Logistics service provider Wessem Port Services Group in Stein, have bought their third Dino mobile bulk truck loader from Van Beek. There is a good reason for this, says Wessem's commercial director; Peter van Gemert. “We are very pleased with it, because of its flexibility, ease of cleaning, the relatively low investment and its value retention.”

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Always working towards an outstanding end result

It takes years to learn to hone the skill, which explains the extraordinary talent of our welder and fabricator; Eric van Eijma. Born in Curaçao, he first picked up the electrode as a 6-year-old boy. Eric saw his neighbour welding fences and thought: "I can do that too!"

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XXL Projects

We manufacture screw conveyors of all types and in all sizes, but, did you know that there is also a big difference in the number of screws for each job? An XXL project may consist of 20 to 40 screw conveyors that we fully align with each other and customize according to the client’s process. In addition to transporting bulk goods horizontally, at an angle and vertically upwards, these screws can also contribute to the actual process by weighing, dosing, sieving, compressing, buffering, mixing, heating or cooling products during transport.

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Screw conveyance in the meat sector: cleaner, more efficient and safer

A screw conveyor is not always the first thing that many companies in the meat sector think of when they want to transport their meat product from one process machine to another. But our screw conveyors have more than proved themselves in the meat processing industry. They have quite a few advantages compared with the alternatives such as conveyor belts and elevators.

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Mayor and aldermen visit Van Beek

Mayor Jan Hamming and the aldermen of Heusden visited our company last week. Our move to our new premises had aroused the curiosity of the Municipal Executive and we were of course pleased to talk about our approach. The first enthusiastic posts appeared on LinkedIn almost immediately afterwards.

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Van Beek opens its doors to the future

This year for the first time the pre-vocational school (VMBO) organised ‘Doe Dag’ (Do Day). This initiative of the companies Breman, Van Delft and Van Beek invited pre-vocational school students to come and look at the company for a day. This took place last month. In addition as part of the ‘Friends of De Overlaat’ project a group of students from De Overlaat school in Waalwijk came along. The aim of the project is to ensure that companies become more involved in education.

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New German agent to meet increasing demand for Dino

Transport companies are increasingly often being asked whether they can take over the storage and transshipment processes for their clients. Germany, Austria and Switzerland are no exception in this area and we are seeing an increasing demand for our mobile bulk truck loader: the Dino.

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A used ‘Van Beek’ also does very well

Trading company Surplus Select from Swifterbant has quickly grown into a well-known trader in used machines for the bulk industry. Owner Rick Soepenberg has gained a lot of good experience with our screw conveyors. “Most customers from high-tech industries are familiar with Van Beek. But if they are not, they become interested in them as soon as they see the Van Beek machines in our warehouse.”

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Royal interest in Smart Dino

His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn asked for detailed information on the use of Smart Industry on our Dino bulk truck loader at the Hannover Trade Fair on 24 April last month. We were very flattered by this Royal interest. At the trade fair Prince Constantijn visited the Holland IT & Smart Industry House. There he got into conversation with Eveliene Langedijk, director of UVS Industry Solutions. Langedijk used our screw elevator (visible in the photo behind Prince Constantijn) to explain how smart maintenance can be carried out on our Smart Dino using software and big data.

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Efficient reduction with cryogenic screw heat exchanger

Van Beek has developed the cryogenic screw to prepare bulk goods for grinding in a process. On leaving the screw the bulk goods are ready for grinding for example in a pin mill. This screw heat exchanger is also suitable for processes where it is important that the products must cool in a short time (quickly), for example in the food industry or in chemical processes to give certain product properties.

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Discover how the Dino is hatched

There is a lot involved in bringing a powerful Dino into the world. This film shows you at a glance what happens from start to finish in the creation of our mobile bulk truck loader: the Dino. All the different facets, from consultation with the customer to production and acceptance, are set out in this brief but fascinating film.

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The ‘Smart Dino’, a logical step in cost saving

As you know, we are working on making our Dino mobile bulk truck loader ‘smart’. We equip the Dino with sensors for example to be able to predict when maintenance is necessary. To prevent us having to invent the wheel again ourselves, for this we work with a partner who shares our vision and already has a lot of experience in this area: UVS Industry Solutions. Eveliene Langedijk, Director of the company, explains why it was decided to develop the Dino 4.0.

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Filling cabinet for safe loading and dust-free work place

Do not underestimate the amount of fine dust that is released when loading bulk goods, whether this is done with a scoop, from a bag, big bag or shovel. Our filling cabinet is an ideal solution for safe loading in the work place and to reduce fine dust. In addition a filling cabinet not only protects against dust emissions, it also increases production capacity and minimises product loss.

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Counter-current screw for heating liquid

In the development of a new type of screw heat exchanger for liquids we have literally thought in the reverse direction. In this new screw heat exchanger the screw is in fact used to delay the movement of the product instead of conveying it. To develop this reverse innovation faster we received subsidy of 30 thousand Euros from the Foundation Stichting Metal Valley.

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Interview with George Sterrenberg, Head of Logistics

The first contact for people reporting to Van Beek’s shipping department has for many years been George Sterrenberg. He keeps an eye on whether orders are confirmed and delivered on time, receives and checks incoming goods, keeps a supply of stock in the warehouse and ensures that everything is neat and tidy.

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Dino makes value added logistics possible for RL TRANS

The Finnish logistics service provider RL TRANS just like many other transport companies has been through a development in which the purchase of our mobile bulk truck loader Dino is almost a given. As an extra service to their client the company is now arranging the storage and transhipment of bulk goods and a Dino is a perfect solution for this. “We are very satisfied with the performance of our Dino”, says Andreas Lindedahl, Market Manager at RL TRANS. 

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Will a robot soon be assembling the screw conveyors at Van Beek?

Can a robot tighten the screw connections of a customised machine, for example a screw conveyor? That is the central question of a broad research project in which Van Beek is participating. Among others TNO, coöperatie Brainport Industries and the Fontys and Avans Colleges are involved in the project entitled ‘(G)een moer aan’.

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Van Beek lump breaker pulverizes lumps very quickly

Van Beek has developed a robust lump breaker for reducing clumps, lumps or agglomerations in the food or chemical industry. For a growing number of manufacturers the lump or clump breaker has now become a vital component at the start of their process line.

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Van Beek supplies superfast filter system for bulk powder to Wide Scope

Van Beek has made an important contribution to a superfast filter system for bulk powder. Wide Scope in Ghent in Belgium developed this loading and filter system and was looking for a partner to implement it. "Cooperation with Van Beek has led to a very good end result", says plant manager Gert Bert.

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Controlling mass flows in screw conveyors

Thanks to unique cooperation between Van Beek Schroeftransport and weighing specialist Penko Engineering, real time monitoring of how much product the screw is transporting is now possible. This offers huge possibilities.

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"It is only for a while", he added.

He had in fact already retired at the age of 60, but 76 year old Adri Eekels still works for Van Beek. "Not long after my retirement I dropped by, then the director/proprietor took me to one side to ask if I would like to work half days. 'It is only for a while', he added."

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Customised feed screw convinces milk powder manufacturer

It is not usually difficult to adjust the feed for a vertical dosing screw. Because of the very limited space a big milk powder manufacturer in Switzerland did however need a little of the expertise that only Van Beek Schroeftransport can provide. "Van Beek was really helpful in thinking through practical solutions with us", says Jeroen van der Velden of Premier Tech Chronos.

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Inclined elevation of sludge concentrate child’s play for screw conveyor

For its new wastewater treatment plant, mushroom processor Prochamp was looking for a way of conveying sludge concentrate to a container at an angle of 40 degrees. Their regular screw conveyor supplier was not able to guarantee that a screw conveyor could do this. Van Beek Schroeftransport took up this challenge with both hands. "We do in fact have a lot of experience with similar situations in previous projects ", explains sales engineer Peter Verhoeven from Van Beek.

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Van Beek dosing screw fills everything perfectly

For filling packagings, bottles, bags or tubs during the process the Van Beek dosing screw has for decades been a favourite option with manufacturers in the chemical and food industry. Based on the experience acquired in hundreds of factories Van Beek has developed a standard model. This model can be used in virtually any situation thanks to the options that can easily be installed.

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Screw conveyors undergo durability test at Veolia Polymers

Veolia Polymers in Vroomshoop has been subjecting Van Beek screw conveyors to the ultimate durability test for over two decades. The screws operate day and night to transport and homogenise plastic grinding stock. Van Beek has recently overhauled tens of its own screws in the plant.

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Assurance for District Water Board

It is not an option for the Hollands NoorderKwartier District Water Board (HHNK) for their sludge drying plant to be shut down for a lengthy period. This is why clear agreements have been reached with Van Beek to prevent this. Meanwhile the plant has already been operating at full speed for 5 years.

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Van Beek’s Liner Filler fills container liners very fast

We developed the Liner Filler for very fast loading of bulk goods into 20ft containers. This screw conveyor, also called a container filling screw, is very fast; a container liner is 85% full in less than half an hour!

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Let this summer come!

The summer is just round the corner which means that the holiday period is nearly with us once more. We are also at your service daily during the holiday period in July and August!

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ARN saves thousands with screw conveyors

ARN has been very successfully recycling shredder waste from end-of-life vehicles in a brand new factory in Tiel since 2011. The process in a new factory never runs smoothly immediately and ARN was no exception: the Z elevators installed wore out much faster than anticipated and this resulted in huge maintenance costs. This problem has now been rectified since the belt conveyors were replaced by Van Beek screw conveyors.

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Smart Industry makes Dino bulk truck loaders smart

A Dino bulk truck loader that transmits a signal itself if a component is not working properly or if maintenance is required. In modern language there are various terms for this: Smart Industry, the internet of things or Industry 4.0. Van Beek shows that this new development makes it possible to take the lead again with a trusted machine that has long existed: called the ‘Dino Wireless Monitoring System’.

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Celsimix: developed for various difficult mixtures at a controlled temperature.

Celsius developed the Celsimix for applications that standard mixers in the food and chemical industry cannot cope with. It started as a project for mixing caramel and nuts, but in the meantime the chemical industry has also been grateful to use this special mixer.

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Van Beek bag compactor ideal for cheap and efficient disposal of empty bags

Production companies often use raw materials in bags in their processes. If a company does not incorporate the handling of the emptied bags into the process, the empty bags threaten the progress, safety and appearance of the plant. Van Beek has designed the bag compactor so that the empty bags can be handled as cheaply, efficiently and in as environmentally friendly a way as possible.

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Dino bulk truck loader conquers Czech Republic via new agent Hennlich Engineering

More and more production plants associated with the West are being built in Eastern European countries. A logical consequence is that in these countries more and more bulk transport is taking place and the need for a mobile bulk truck loader like the Dino is automatically growing. Van Beek is therefore delighted to announce that a suitable agent has been found to sell the Dino in the Czech Republic.

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Van Beek remains on the board of Machevo

Perry Verberne, general manager of Van Beek, has joined the board of the Machevo & Bulk Association. He follows in the footsteps of the director owner of Van Beek, who thought it was time for new blood on the board. The change in the board took place during the General Members’ Meeting of the association on 7 December last in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht. Verberne sees many opportunities for Machevo that he would like to utilise.

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Looking for the best way to take a sample of your product?

Checking your product during processing is very important to maintain quality. But how do you safely take a representative sample without having to shut down the whole process? Van Beek has developed the Sample Screw for this purpose: an innovative sampler that is easy to clean.

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Van Beek’s innovative SpeedClean in the race for Accenture Innovation Award

Van Beeks innovative SpeedClean screw cleaning method is competing for a prize in the Accenture Innovation Awards. The concept that drastically speeds up the cleaning of screw conveyor systems has been accepted in the category of smart manufacturing.

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Seizing opportunities in the emerging Spanish economy

Anyone looking for cooperation abroad does not immediately think of Spain. The economy is not known as robust and Spanish companies do not often look for cooperation outside their own borders. However Van Beek has already been working successfully for two years with its Spanish agent Codols, a company specialised in handling and processing solids (in particular powders and granules).

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Railway wagons and tall containers easy to fill with new Dino XXL

Two new versions of the Dino® bulk truck loader now make it easier to load taller (square) storage silos such as railway wagons and containers. These XL and XXL Dinos from Van Beek were initially developed at the request of two customers. They do however seem to be the solution that so many customers were looking for that the Dinos have been added to the standard range.

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Screw conveyors from Van Beek fit within DSM’s new state-of-the-art plant in Geleen

In the new ammonium sulfate plant that DSM is building in Geleen (the Netherlands) there will be as many as 17 Van Beek screw conveyor systems. These conveyor systems play an important part in the production of ammonium sulfate. This is a substance that is mainly used as artificial fertilizer, but can also be used as a raw material for medicines and foodstuffs.

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High quality craftsmanship

In a dark workshop ‘old Mr Van Beek’ worked on an imposing machine. We are talking about Sprang-Cappelle in 1958. Van Beek Sr. built on a unique screw roller, composed of materials that he had collected from demolition yards. A truck gearbox, bearings from a tram and gearwheels from a tank. Untrained and without any theoretical knowledge he constructed a colossal innovation, thought up entirely on his own.

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Doing business with the Asian process industry

The European process industry has in recent years steadily lost market position to Asia. This is partly due to that fact that since the end of the 20th century rapid industrialisation has been taking place in this continent. In Asian particular the “Asian Tigers”, like Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong have in the past 30 years made great industrial progress. But also for example Thailand, Malaysia, India and above all China are working hard to industrialise their economy. Van Beek has already been working successfully for 15 years with its Chinese agent, Compass Bulk Handling System Pte Ltd, for deliveries to the Asian process industry. We visited Mr. George Lee, managing director of Compass Bulk Handling System Pte Ltd, in Beijing and asked him a number of questions. You will probably also be interested in his answers and we would like to share them with you.

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Van Beek wins Graydon Award

Van Beek Screw conveyor systems has recently won the Graydon Award. Financial services provider Graydon presents this award to companies who are among the top financially healthy companies in the sector. Mr Bobby Schuitemaker of Graydon Nederland BV presented the award personally to Perry Verberne, Managing Director at Van Beek.

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Optimum hygiene for screw conveyance by patented ‘SpeedClean’ concept

Hygiene standards for the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and meat and food processing industry are being continually tightened. The cleaning of machines is a priority to meet all the stringent hygiene and aseptic requirements. The aim is to strive continuously and carefully for higher speed cleaning to save costs and claims. Van Beek has designed a patented innovative screw cleaning method for these specific sectors: the ‘SpeedClean’ concept that drastically speeds up and improves the cleaning of screw conveyor systems and makes them more ergonomic.

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Customer-specific TwinFeeders for Hosokawa

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.

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Exotic Dino® bulk truck loader for A&MCC in Curaçao

For transfer of blast furnace cement from big bags into bulk trucks, Argos & Mijnmaatschappij Cement Company (A&MCC) in Willemstad in Curaçao, looked all over the world for a mobile installation for loading blast furnace cement from big bags into bulk trucks. After careful selection the Van Beek cement Dino® seemed to have the best configuration. Although this came at a slightly higher purchase price, “The fast payback time of the Dino® and good after care by Van Beek were the deciding factors for us in the end” according to Maarten van de Laar, Technical Service Manager at A&MCC.

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