INTRODUCING

Powder Handling from Matcon

Through the decoupling of manufacturing processes, we are able to create flexible, agile production facilities that enable manufacturers to produce better products with a wider variety and batch sizes, all factors that ultimately make Matcon equipped manufacturers more profitable and successful.

IBCs

Matcon IBCs are efficient, dust-tight powder containers, manufactured to the highest standards for all industry applications.

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Formulate

Formulate powder recipes directly to IBCs with accurate, automated filling and add into your batch processing flow as required.

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Blend

Mix powder recipes of all sizes any time using an IBC Tumble Blender. Improve loading times, cleaning and remove bottlenecks.

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Pack

Accurately discharge your powder-based products without segregation. Optimise throughput with automated, reliable packing solutions.

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Clean

Remove bottlenecks and factory downtime with safe, repeatable washing that can be fully automated and performed 'offline'.

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POWDERS, HANDLED

Powder Problems We Solve

With industry leading technical standards and our patented Cone Valve Technology we can overcome all manner of powder flow problems.

Bridging

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

Rat Holing

Ratholing can lead to costly powder flow problems.

Containment

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

Powder Segregation

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

Help and Advice

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

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TECHNOLOGY

Industry Leading Technology

At the heart of our Powder Handling System is an IBC fitted with our patented Cone Valve, a unique discharge valve that eliminates typical powder flow problems.

IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Containers)

What is an IBC?

An IBC or Intermediate Bulk Container is a precision engineered, high-grade stainless steel container that enables manufacturers to blend and transport powders between manufacturing steps.

What does it enable?

IBCs enable manufacturers to decouple processing stages so that multiple processing steps can be undertaken simultaneously without pausing the production process.

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The Cone Valve

What is a Cone Valve?

A Matcon IBC has a ‘passive’ cone seated within the outlet of the container. When located on the Discharge Station, an ‘active’ probe assembly lifts the cone which creates an annular gap causing material to discharge using mass-flow.

Why it is Important

It is a superb discharging device overcoming all manner of powder flow problems. The lifting action of the cone breaks up bridged product and prevents material from rat-holing and causing material segregation.
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Quality Standards

To ensure that products perform to the highest standards, we follow a series of industry directives including:

What does it enable?

  • Health & Safety Legislation and the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.
  • Manufactured in line with EHEDG guidelines.
  • Rigorous Quality Management demonstrated by our ISO 9001 certification.
  • Type approval for most ATEX classifications
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Technology in action

Learn how the IBC and cone valve work together to precisely and quickly discharge powders.

See how the Cone Valve prevents issues such as rat-holing, bridging and powder segregation.

Watch the decoupling process and how easy it is to move IBCs through each process stage.

To find out how our technology is suited to your specific products and blends, arrange a visit to one of our global testing centres.

PROVEN CAPABILITIES

Global Testing Facilities

Materials, environment, humidity and powder characteristics all play a huge part in influencing how powders will behave during blending, packing or even in transit. Our state-of-the-art test centres give you the opportunity to experiment with your product mixes in our equipment.

Test Centres

Our state-of-the-art Test Plants are designed to simulate actual working conditions using your individual recipes, giving you peace of mind that your test results represent real world operations.

United Kingdom

Full-scale equipment capabilities including Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, allergen swabbing & lab testing equipment.

USA

Full-scale equipment capabilities including blending, formulation & cleaning.

China

Full-scale equipment capabilities including blending, formulation & cleaning.

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Proven Track Record

Handling Powders for 35 years

Technology is hugely important if you are to remain competitive in today’s climate but technology is not sufficient without the knowledge and experience of how to apply it.

Matcon is in the enviable position of being able to offer both, 35+ years’ experience and the technology. Over the last three decades, we have specified, designed, engineered and installed powder handling systems for clients across the globe. And as the originators of the Cone Valve, we understand the technology better than anyone.

We have the experience and resources to carry out engineering studies and full-scale testing which is invaluable in reducing the risk of purchase. And being part of the IDEX Corporation, Matcon has the global reach you’d expect from a market leader.

When we say ‘powders, handled’ your powder handling requirements really are in safe hands.

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APPLICATIONS

Supported Industries

Over the last 35+ years there aren’t many powder handling problems we haven’t solved, but what many people don’t realise is how many industries we’ve successfully supported over this period.

Sports Nutrition

Helping manufacturers keep pace with the changing market needs.

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Beverages & Mixes

Ensuring integrity of the mix for a quality product every time.

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Flavourings

Effectively handling allergens & preventing cross-contamination.

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Bakery

Providing manufacturing flexibility to handle product diversity.

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Infant Nutrition

Hygienic manufacturing systems for reassuring consumer safety.

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Animal Nutrition

Preventing blend segregation for quality output every time.

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Pharmaceutical

Designing optimised systems for improved productivity & quality.

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Chemical

Overcoming difficult powder challenges with the Cone Valve.

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Here to Help

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HERE TO HELP

Resources

With 35 years behind us we’ve solved numerous powder handling challenges. Explore our resources section for advice, insights and recommendations all drawn from our experience helping powder handling manufacturers across the globe.

Case Studies

Learn about the challenges we’ve helped our clients overcome, the equipment we’ve specified and the outcome of the process.

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Resources

Explore our content resource which contains whitepapers, infographics, checklists and calculators to help you with your day to day powder handling challenges.

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Blog

Every week we publish articles on a variety of powder and industry related topics. Browse the articles or subscribe to have them emailed to your inbox.

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