How it Works
Transfer non-flowable products out of the mix vessel quickly and efficiently.
Any process is only as fast as its slowest operation. ROSS Discharge Systems used with change-can design mixers significantly improve production speed, efficiency, cleanliness and plant safety.
Benefits of Choosing a ROSS Discharge System
What does a ROSS Discharge System do?
A Discharge System eliminates wasted hours of scraping heavy or sticky materials from a mix vessel. With push-button simplicity, the system can automatically discharge several hundred gallons of product in minutes — into bulk containers, filling or packaging equipment, or any downstream process. Yield from every batch is maximized because typically, only a thin layer of product remains on the vessel bottom.
How does a ROSS Discharge System work?
A Discharge System consists of a platen that is lowered hydraulically into a mix vessel. The platen is fitted with an O-ring which rides against the vessel wall. As the platen pushes down on the batch, sidewall surfaces are virtually wiped clean by the O-ring. Product is forced out through a valve on the side or center bottom of the vessel, or through the top of the platen. The platen may be jacketed to maintain batch temperature during discharge.
Features at a Glance
Why choose a ROSS Discharge System?
Semi-continuous Processing - Same-size vessels from multiple mixers can be rolled to a Discharge System for emptying, and then rolled away for cleaning as the next vessel is positioned underneath the platen. This flexibility can boost production on several process lines, all working with a single Discharge System. The discharge platen may be wrapped with a disposable plastic liner to keep it clean and always ready for the next vessel.
Safety - A Discharge System improves plant safety because it lowers the risk of injury while scraping heavy materials from the mix vessel. It also reduces operator exposure to a hazardous batch, minimizes the release of harmful vapors into the plant atmosphere and decreases the amount of cleaning solvents required after every mixing cycle. For additional pinch point protection, an optional Lexan/stainless steel hinged door can be supplied around platen with a dual-contact safety switch to disable platen movement until the doors are closed.
Customizability - Discharge Systems are built in either standard floor mount or elevated designs, from 1 pint through 500 gallons capacity. For mix vessels equipped with a cove plug valve, different size adaptors are available for direct filling into syringes and cartridge tubes. For more accurate filling of containers by weight, auto-tare scales, PLC-based metering controls and other special customizations may be supplied. Sanitary models are built with stainless steel enclosures for use in critical and hygienic operating environments.
Discharge systems are available in a variety of designs to meet your requirements. Standard features include:
- Rugged steel support frame
- Hydraulically operated platen for accurate discharge control
- Hydraulic power-pak which can be mounted and plumbed, or supplied for remote installation
- Stainless steel type 304 platen
- Mix can positioning devices
Platen-style discharge systems used with change-can design mixers can significantly improve production speed, efficiency, cleanliness and plant safety.
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