The laboratory is centered around separate 4 and 6 inch (10 and 15 cm) Tubular Cable Conveyor circuits with drive systems and tensioners which can be demonstrated as stand-alone systems. Both circuits are also configured with metered and non-metered inlet adapters, and valved and full-flow discharges that allow for rapid connection to a variety of full size upstream and downstream bulk handling equipment also produced by the company.
"The diversity of interchangeable equipment enables Flexicon to simulate customer installations and verify system performance using the customer's actual material which, together with Flexicon's Lifetime Performance Guarantee, takes the risk and guesswork out of ordering these systems," says Gill.
Using customer supplied bulk materials, engineers and laboratory technicians verify system performance prior to final equipment design and fabrication, and demonstrate newly constructed equipment for visiting customers prior to shipment. In addition, Flexicon engineers utilize the laboratory to study the performance of new designs.
The Tubular Cable Conveyor uses high-strength polymer discs affixed to a stainless steel cable to slide fragile bulk foods and non-foods within smooth stainless steel tubing routed at any angle, gently, quietly and dust-free, over short or long distances.
The company also maintains comparable test laboratories for its line of Flexible Screw Conveyors and PNEUMATI-CON® pneumatic conveying systems, allowing the relative merits of each to be compared in terms of conveying over short and long distances, moving problematic materials, preventing the separation of blends, and meeting other application-specific requirements.
FLEXI-DISC® tubular cable conveyors can be readily configured with full size upstream and downstream equipment to simulate customer processes, and tested using customer-supplied materials to verify performance.
Six and four inch FLEXI-DISC® tubular cable conveyors shown with Tubular Discharge Valves for selective discharging of material into downstream equipment.