The ISL equipment was installed in August 2005 and is operating to expectations: Sandvik’s five review criteria
have been met with the following results:
- Installation of the IBC system meets the labour criteria by reducing the time operators attend the discharge stations as well as less need to clean the process area.
- The ISL cone valve does not tip and leads so there is no spillage during IBC transit, product discharge or storage.
- The weight control malfunctions is addressed in the station control system with the fitting of an ISL rate & position transducer to the IBC discharge stations.
- Cross contamination is negated by the ease of cleaning the discharge station.
- Time taken for each weighment is greatly reduced giving an increase in production.
With the first phase of the ISL IBC system successfully introduced and meeting Sandvik’s expectations attention is turning to the outstanding issues related to the mill feed system, IBC filling and the replacement of the remaining original cone valve IBC’s and discharge stations.