Weigh belt feeders
Weigh belt feeders are used for the smooth and even feeding of powdery and peasant materials. The leading parts of the dispenser are:
- storage tank;
- Conveyor belt, used as a carrier and a pull belt for all materials to be transported.
The dosing station is generally based on a robust steel support structure. Weigh belt feeders stations are commonly used in production facilities, mines and storage facilities, among other things. This practical equipment is primarily used for the transport of materials during the subsequent stages of production, selection of raw materials, transfer of aggregates and their loading to transport vehicles.
As a result, weigh belt feeders are very valuable and appear to be an indispensable part of most production lines. Depending on the weight type, these devices may also have portioning and dispensing functions.
They then have a transducer that sends a signal to adjust and control the conveyor speed to achieve and maintain the desired flow rate. Therefore, the process is fully automated and does not involve operators in production.
Typical belt scales, as the name indicates, are primarily used for material handling and usually do not meet the precise weighing requirements. By analyzing their defects, we have developed special weigh feeder designs to further increase the accuracy of the measurement over the long term of use.
We ensure that the belt, scraper, gravity tension and belt tracking system are properly selected. Therefore, depending on the type of material, hopper baskets are selected (also for aerating materials). The load-bearing components are made with the utmost precision and are protected from adverse external conditions. The control systems and drives used in the tape weigh belt feeder can be used for a very large range of applications (min.:max. up to 1:50) and can be used for batch (batch) or continuous dispensing depending on demand. They can also be used only to measure the material flow.
Our range includes two types of weigh belt feeders ranging from 20 [kg/h] to 1000 [t/h]. For food customers, we recommend the DTU weigh belt feeder, which, due to its high hygiene and minimal size, meets the high requirements of the industry. DTC weigh belt feeder is an advanced and versatile solution, especially for heavy-duty materials that need to be dosed with high accuracy.
High accuracy (maximum error less than 0,5% relative to the set point) achieved over a long period of time is to be considered. It puts our weigh belt feeders in the forefront of other devices on the market.
DTU weigh belt feeder
The DTU belt weighfeeder is a unique solution in our offer. Due to its high precision, it finds a particular application in feeding delicate products or in low and medium bulk density. In particular, thanks to the hygienic construction, which allows for an extremely easy cleaning, and the manufacture of fully certified materials and stainless steel is suitable for the food industry. Its uniqueness lies in compact dimensions and very high accuracy. The built-in scale, depending on the control system, allows dosing in batch mode or continuous mode, it can also only be used to measure flowing material. The feeder can be both in the open and closed version – in a dust-proof housing.
- relatively well- or medium-flowing materials with fine grain size, low and medium bulk density, powders, granules or pellets. Perfect for fragile products that may be damaged during feeding. Perfect for the food industry.
- measurement error <0,5% (in selected cases <0,25%),
- feed rates from 20 to 40 000 [l/h],
- belt width: 300 or 600 [mm],
- made of stainless steel 1.4301 (AISI304) or 1.4404 (AISI316L),
- polyurethane belt with FDA approval in size 300 and 600 [mm],
- dustproof housing or open version,
- gravity belt take-up,
- internal and external scrapers,
- belt deviation control,
- quick belt change system.
DTC weigh belt feeder
The DTC belt weighfeeder is the most versatile solution for feeding bulk materials with medium and high bulk density. The device has been designed to work in the most difficult conditions, in particular in heavy industry. High quality workmanship and durable materials allow for long-term and trouble-free operation, while ensuring the required accuracy of dosing. The feeder is made in terms of customer requirements, with different overall dimensions. Various variants of charging hoopers allow for proper work on theoretically difficult to feed materials – strong abrasive, aerating, flowing or pounding. An additional mechanism counteracting the belt’s deviation will reduce the risk of its damage, and the constant weight guaranteed by the gravity take-up will significantly extend its life and increase the accuracy of the measurement.
- hard-flowing materials, highly abrasive, easily aerated with a tendency to uncontrolled flow. Perfect for working in difficult conditions.
- rigid construction made of painted carbon steel, powder coated (on request also stainless steel),
- feed rates from 1 to 1000 [t/h],
- belt width: 650, 800, 1000, 1200 or 1400 [mm],
- end roller spacing: from 1500 to 8000 [mm] (every 500 [mm]),
- measurement error ±0,5%,
- the option of installing a legal-for-trade belt scales (OIML class 1),
- belts made of rubber or plastic, PVC, as well as with side flounces,
- additional belt gravity take-up system,
- belt deviation control,
- internal and external scrapers,
- feeding bulk materials in the range of 10-100% of the set value,
- various designs of charging hoppers adapted to the characteristics of loose material, also for easily aerated materials, with a tendency to uncontrolled flow,
- the possibility of using hard-wearing materials to protect elements particularly exposed to abrasion,
- Penko or Siemens control system allows you to handle both a single dosing line and to create a mixing node according to given recipes (e.g. fertilizer mixing lines).
FLEX 2100 with BLT software
For belt weighfeeders, we offer the Flex 2100 (or Flex) controller, which is equipped with a touch screen with process visualization, special software created by us in Polish and extensive communication capabilities (RS232 / 422, Ethernet, Profibus, Canbus). The driver enables, among others control of belt slip, reading from sensors – speed and weight, selection of gravimetric and volumetric mode, control of material feeding speed by means of so-called prefeeder (device fixing the layer of material on the scale) and a preview of 3 dosing counters. The software can also be modified to control the remaining elements on the production line.
How does it work?
The belt weighfeeder is a conveyor whose construction has been designed primarily to measure the flow of bulk material. This means that not only does it have a built-in belt scale, but all of its elements are made extremely precisely. For proper operation, the control system needs signals: belt speed and material mass on a precisely defined belt segment. It is then about continuous dosing, with the regulation of material flow. Dosing can be done in two ways: by feeding a fixed layer of material at an adjustable speed, where the material layer is formed by the outlet of the hopper – the so-called a layer or by means of adjustable material feeding on a weighing conveyor through a preceding device (pre-feeder). In the basic application, the material can be fed with the speed set by the operator, but after activating the PID control option, the weighing controller gains the ability to determine the speed of the belt or feeding device to the desired flow.
The belt feeders consist of a belt conveyor with a built-in scale together with the control electronics. The high quality of materials used to build our feeders makes them suitable for use even in the most challenging conditions, where expectations for failure-free operation are greatest. Each of our feeders has a strictly defined length of the weighbridge. Thanks to this, the weighing controller collects information about the weight of material only from a particular section of the belt, and there is no need to weigh the entire feeder, which significantly increases the accuracy of the measurement. Also, the modern designs of weight feeders that we offer consist of several systems that help you maintain, improve efficiency and extend its life. The use of pulses with a large number of pulses allows the speed to be read even at low rates and the feeder reacts quickly to changing feed, changes in the physicochemical properties of the material or a temporary lack of it. The belt guiding systems and gravity tension guarantee longer work without the need for correction in the tension and minimize weight errors associated with changes in the characteristics of transmission belts under the influence of the environment or wear. Depending on the requirements for flow, material or type of industry, we select the type of feeder, width, and length of the belt and the type of hopper. For applications with increased production cleanliness, we recommend dustproof covers or cases.