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Cone Valve Technology

Invented, patented and developed by Matcon for safe, contained discharge of powders, tablets and bulk materials.

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Powder Cone Valve System

A superb discharge device, it overcomes all the typical powder handling and flow problems of bridging, blockages, mix segregation, flushing and core flow that are commonly associated with butterfly valves. It offers automatic and controlled discharge of virtually any powder type, winning where other systems have failed.

Cohesive materials can be stimulated to flow, by virtue of the integral cone vibration at the top of the lifting cycle.

This means no more ‘bin rash’ & hammers to release powder, resulting in improved product integrity and no damage to equipment.

Control Your Powders With Cone Valve Technology

On the other hand, very free-flowing powders can be controlled without the need for additional feeders, by using the variable lift height capability of the valve.

To find out how Cone Valve Technology can benefit your business - contact the Matcon team.

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Matcon Cone Valve

We Solve Your Powder Handling Problems

Matcon's powder handling equipment includes our unique Cone Valve Technology, which ensures that we can overcome all manner of powder flow and containment problems.

Powder Bridging Diagram

Powder Bridging

Solve and prevent poor flow that is caused by powder bridging.

Powder Rat holing inside silo

Rat Holing

Ratholing can lead to costly powder flow problems.

Powder Containment Inside Silo


Meet hygiene and safety requirements and remove the risk of cross-contamination.

Powder Mix Segregation from container

Powder Mix Segregation

Overcome the segregation of your powder mix to ensure you achieve mass flow.

Expert Guidance, Help and Advice

If you’re experiencing any of these powder flow problems or have similar challenges with bulk solids, visit ‘powder handling problems solved’ where we discuss typical causes for each powder flow problem and provide practical advice to help you solve those problems.

Powder Handling Problems Solved

Contained Powder Transfer

Dust-free powder and materials handling is achieved because the system remains closed (contained) at all times.

By virtue of the outer 'lip seal' on the discharge station and the 'alpha-beta' coupling mechanism the Matcon powder handling system is closed at all times which helps to contain the product and removes the risk of dust hazards.

Accurate Powder Dosing

Butterfly and Slide-Valve IBCs cannot close effectively once the flow of materials has started. But because the Cone Valve opens & closes vertically it can be shut off at any time to stop the flow of product completely. The valve closes under both gravity and the weight of material overhead, in the direction of powder flow.

Because of this, dosing straight out of the IBC can be achieved to accurate metered feed volumes for batch dosing. This removes the need for secondary screw feeders which can be cumbersome to clean and hold up changeovers.

Matcon Cone Valve

Eliminate Powder Bridging, Rat-holing and Segregation

Achieving and maintaining a homogenous blend is vital to getting the right mix of ingredients in the final pack to the customer.

Many blended powder recipes suffer from segregation as particles move around during the transfer process. This results in poor product quality or scrapped batches.

Protect Your Powder Blend With Mass Flow

The Matcon Cone Valve protects blends during the discharge process by creating an annular gap at the outlet of the IBC which enables the material to move under mass flow. This means that all the product in the IBC cross-section moves at the same time. There are no dead zones, no particle rolling can occur, hence no segregation. All materials have a uniform residence time with first in, first out.

All of this means you get a perfectly homogenous mix right to the end of the batch, vital to ensure a top-quality product and fully satisfied customers.


The improved product quality and reduced cleaning needs of the Matcon equipment has led to us saving 1000 man hours for cleaning and 5000 hours in processing & maintenance.

Andres Rodriguez, Technical & Production Manager / Hero Baby Food





IBC Cone Valve Technology

With the Matcon Cone Valve technology you can overcome any powder handling issues including bridging, blocking and powder mix segregation.

Cohesive materials can be stimulated to flow, whilst free-flowing powders can be controlled.

In fact, the variable lift height of the cone means that dosing can be achieved straight out of the IBC without the need for additional feeders.

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IBC Cone Valve Technology Brochure

Powder Handling Expert Advice and Opinion

Learn more about Matcon's Cone Valve Technology and Powder Handling Solutions with our useful guides and literature.


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The Original Cone Valve IBC Manufacturers

At the heart of the Matcon system you will find the Cone Valve - invented, patented and developed by us. We help manufacturers overcome issues of mix segregation, containment and bridging that are inherent in traditional powder handling systems. Discover our unique approach to powder handling and the innovation that underpins all that we do.

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