Digital Re-print - May | June 2012

The world of modern bulk weighing

Grain & Feed Milling Technology is published six times a year by Perendale Publishers Ltd of the United Kingdom. All data is published in good faith, based on information received, and while every care is taken to prevent inaccuracies, the publishers accept no liability for any errors or omissions or for the consequences of action taken on the basis of information published. ©Copyright 2010 Perendale Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior permission of the copyright owner. Printed by Perendale Publishers Ltd. ISSN: 1466-3872


Fast, reliable and flexible:
the world of modern bulk weighing
by Ray Vrtiska, Vice President, Bulk Material Handling Sales Intersystems, USA


ulk weighers are designed for continuous weighing of bulk material. The fast, reliable and flexible systems can provide an accuracy of 0.1 percent or better. Features of the computerised control system can include colour display, menu driven operation, a wide variety of printer options, programmable keys to operate other equipment, power-loss protection, manual backup controls, self-diagnostic and self-trimming. Systems can also incorporate a RFID tag reader for automatic programming of rail cars and can interface with central control PLCs. The unit can be linked to a host computer and can also be used to update an existing weighing system. Installation of factory-assembled systems is simple and quick. Intersystems

factory-assembled bulk weighers are available from 1,000-100,000 BPH (2600 MTPH) and are prewired, preplumbed and preconfigured.

En-masse conveyor characteristics
Designed to be totally enclosed, the en-masse conveyor is equipped with roller chain and polyethylene flights that move inside and convey the material. Conveyors can be stainless steel, painted or galvanized housing. A variety of side and bottom abrasive resistant steel liners can be easily removed and replaced. These conveyors can be installed with intermediate discharges for applications where you are going over more than one drop point. The electrically operated intermediate discharge diverts the material into a selected bin. Loading can

be made at any point on the conveyor. Unloading is done through the intermediate discharge gates or at the end of the conveyor. Intersystems en-masse conveyors are very adaptable and may be configured in a series of horizontal and/or inclined segments (up to 90 degree incline) with conveying capacity available from 20 to 1500 MTPH.

Self-cleaning conveyors
The Intersystems Kleen-Drag conveyor features en-masse capacity with cleanout that is superior to the typical round bottom or screw conveyor. This self-cleaning en-masse conveyor is designed especially to prevent ‘pockets’ of material inside the conveyor where an intermediate discharge is required. When changing materials (type, sort, grade), the conveyor

26 | may - June 2012

&feed millinG technoloGy

Photo courtesy of Intersystems

Intersystems self-cleaning Kleen-Drag conveyor

FEATURE The material is loaded onto the upper helps to avoid partial mixing of current (working) section of the belt and moves and subsequent materials. The conveyor is equipped with self- along the conveyor. The lower section of cleaning, flush-mount intermediate gates to eliminate material nests as well as polyethylene The newest products in Intersystems flights to minimize carry-over. material handling The tail section has a rounded line are distributors shape that follows the path of (pictured), micro the moving flights, providing a ingredient systems full sweep of the conveyor. and bolted bins ment. Material loads through one or more inlets located on the conveyor. Unloading of the conveyor can be made at the end of

Enclosed belt conveyors

Enclosed belt conveyors require significantly less horsepower than a drag or screw conveyor. The increasing need to move materials in larger volumes and at faster rates makes reduced horsepower very beneficial. The enclosed design contains the dust emissions inside of the conveyor, eliminates cleanup of spillage around the conveying equipment and protects workers from moving parts. Conventional belts have been used for many years to move a variety of commodities, but they were never totally enclosed. Now you can enjoy the existing benefits of belt conveying plus improved sanitation in their operation.

Photo courtesy of Intersystems

the belt is for return (empty). Thus, the belt is both a carrier (carrying the materials) and traction (traction transmitting) ele-

the conveyor in the drive section (standard), in the middle of the conveyor, or with intermediate discharges. The enclosed belt

ite we b s ou r Vi sit www.
VIGAN manufactures dry agribulk materials handling systems:
• Portable pneumatic conveyors or grain pumps (100 - 250 tph); • Pneumatic Continuous barge & Ship Unloaders (160 - 800 tph); • Mechanical Continuous Ship Unloaders (up to 1,500 tph); • Mechanical loaders (up to 1,200 tph). as well as complete storage systems in ports and the agricultural industries.
From project design to complete turnkey bulk handling solutions and port terminals with mechanical and/or pneumatic reliable and cost effective equipment.

Latest references
South Korea 1 NIV 400 tph On rails with cable reels

Syria 2 Mobile T200 2 x 250 tph

Poland (BUNGE GROUP) 1 Loader 600 tph

An affiliate company of VAN DE WIELE group.

VIGAN Engineering s.a. • Rue de l’Industrie, 16 • B-1400 Nivelles (Belgium) Phone : +32 67 89 50 41 • Fax : +32 67 89 50 60 • Web : • E-mail :

Ann A5 victam 0212.indd 1 Grain feed millinG technoloGy


21/02/12 27 may - June 2012 | 15:37:04

FEATURE can be designed for inclines or reversing applications. pass gate, service platforms and standard screens for corn, wheat and soybeans. A high-capacity internal by-pass saves the cost of building an external by-pass and saves height in installation. The Intersystems 40,000 BPH Gravity Screener with a 60,000 BPH internal by-pass was developed in response to an industry demand for larger screening capacity and higher capacity throughput. cars, tubs, bulk-bags and other methods, avoiding dust and spilling of material. Standard construction for the truck probe stand, mast and boom is heavy carbon steel and all are equipped with a rugged hydraulic power unit. An automatic control system provides comfortable and quick sampling and transports the samples to the collection point for further classification. Intersystems’ compartmentalised or core model probe assures uniformity of representative samples.

The Intersystems way
The Intersystems enclosed belt conveyor offers a solution to the problems of dust emissions and spillage that exist with most conventional belt conveyors. Commodities are conveyed on a totally enclosed belt that runs on ‘spools’ and then returns on a slider bottom made of anti-static UHMW. Any carry-over of material is pulled back to the tail where a unique tail design reloads the material back onto the moving belt. The conveyors are equipped with spiral wing pulleys that

Sample selection
The process of extracting a sample and moving it to the collection cabinet can be performed automatically and fully controlled by the operator through the control system. In-line automatic samplers provide representative sampling grain and any other free flowing material including liquid from gravity flow or from the discharge section of an enclosedbelt conveyor. Sampling is performed automatically at regular intervals or on command of the operator and the required amount of product is passed into a container for collecting samples. Excess sample is returned to the material stream. Depending on the product characteristics and application, Intersystems can supply various models of crosscut and gravity samplers for operation in-stream with different slopes and capacities. Truck probes allow for representative and repeatable sampling from trucks, rail

Gentle handling
Bucket elevators are designed for gentle material handling while carrying grain and other materials in a vertical direction. Bucket elevator assembly includes head, boot and elevator legs constructed of stainless steel, painted or galvanized housing. Material is passed through the boot hopper to the elevator buckets or is taken out of the bottom of the boot by the elevator buckets and carried up to the head section to discharge the buckets. Material is fed to the boot with the help of a conveyor or by gravity flow. In the elevator head, there is a rotating drum with buckets. The material transportation, primarily, is performed by buckets which are fixed to the elevator belt that is moving up inside the elevator legs. Each Intersystems bucket elevator is equipped with NFPA compliant explosion panels on the top of the head as well as with a break mechanism to eliminate return movement of the elevator belt.

“Each Intersystems bucket elevator is equipped with NFPA compliant explosion panels on the top of the head as well as with a break mechanism to eliminate return movement of the elevator belt”
reload carryover material back onto the top belt to eliminate build-up in the tail section. Intersystems belt conveyors provide a carrying capacity up to 2,600 MTPH. Along the entire length of the housing, as well as at grain dust outlets, special reels support the belt and shape it as necessary for moving the material without carryover. Belts can be PVC, rubber or food grade. Gravity screeners feature a lined internal by-pass, manual or electric control for the by-



Intersystems 9575 N 109th Ave Omaha, NE 68142 USA
Tel: +1 800 2281483 Email: Website:

Largest bulk weigher to leave Intersystems’ Omaha, Nebraska USA facility: 70,000 bushels per hour/87,360 cubic feet per hour.

Photo courtesy of Intersystems

28 | may - June 2012


&feed millinG technoloGy


&feed millinG technoloGy

may - June 2012 | 29

This digital Re-print is part of the May | June 2012 edition of Grain & Feed Milling Technology magazine. Content from the magazine is available to view free-of-charge, both as a full online magazine on our website, and as an archive of individual features on the docstoc website. Please click here to view our other publications on

• See the full issue

In this issue: •
NIR in practice Rice and contract terms New weighing software for UK co-operative

May - June


The New Reference Method for Mycotoxin Analysis

Visit the GFMT website Contact the GFMT Team Subscribe to GFMT

Mould control
in grain and feed preservation

• •

Fast, reliable and flexible:
the world of modern bulk weighing

• •

A subscription magazine for the global flour & feed milling industries - first published in 1891
GFMT12.03.indd 1 22/06/2012 08:48

To purchase a paper copy of the magazine, or to subscribe to the paper edition please contact our Circulation and Subscriptions Manager on the link adove.


Article reprints
All Grain & Feed Milling Tecchnology feature articles can be re-printed as a 4 or 8 page booklets (these have been used as point of sale materials, promotional materials for shows and exhibitions etc). If you are interested in getting this article re-printed please contact the GFMT team for more information on - Tel: +44 1242 267707 - Email: or visit