Parallel Processing

Eliminate waste with flexible and agile powder handling using Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) and be able to rapidly respond to customer's needs.

Parallel processing means decoupling each of the manufacturing steps so that formulation, blending, packing and cleaning take place simultaneously.

IBCs are used to transport material between manufacturing steps, which means each is independent of the other so no time is wasted in waiting for the previous step to complete before moving on.

total autonomy

One recipe can be packed, at the same time as one is being mixed and another being formulated, whilst used IBCs are cleaned.


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no lost time in blending

Typically Blending can be a bottleneck. With in-line systems such as pneumatic conveying or close coupled mixing towers a hold-up in one area affects the whole chain.

With IBC systems there is no waiting at the blending stage. Containers are filled off-line and since they are also the blending vessel they are loaded on & off the blender immediately.  

As soon as one IBC is removed the blender is ready to receive the next prepared container.
No cleaning is required between batches or recipe changes.

improve Manufacturing efficiency

This is in stark contrast to fixed mixer systems which can take a couple of hours to fill the mixer and then several hours to empty by feeding to packing lines. 

With an IBC powder handling system, there is no need to create WIP/WIQ to overcome bottleneck issues.

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no lost time in cleaning

As the IBC is the blending vessel it doesn’t need cleaning between recipe batches. Contrast this with an in-line system, where the whole line has to be shut-down for hours.


Key benefits of parallel processing

  • Increased productivity
  • Make to order capabilities
  • Production flexibility for rush orders
  • High Overall Equipment Effectiveness rates
  • Reduced process Inventory
  • Production flow

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We have helped many global companies increase their operational flexibility, so that they are able to move from one production stream to another at a minutes’ notice. We have seen vast improvement gains in efficiency, without the need for more floor-space or inventory.