Flexible batch blender
Published: 20 December 2011 - Michelle Lea
Due to increased demand for a low throughput, flexible blending system, TSM has designed and built the Optimix 50 batch blender. With a throughput range from 1 to 200 kg/hr, it utilises four easily removable hoppers with individual integrated slide valves for fast material changes. In addition, the blender incorporates the TSM reverse-flight auger mixer which provides exceptional material blend homogeneity.
Combined with high accuracy material dosing up to +/- 0.1% of set point, the Optimix can provide a consistent, quality end-product with excellent masterbatch savings.
Compact with a low height profile, the blender is ruggedly constructed of heavy gauge steel to withstand the most rigorous of operating conditions and the load cell is overload protected and guarded from physical damage. The mixing chamber is completely removable for cleaning and the complete structure is protected with impact-resistant powder coating. The dosing valves are made from heavy duty stainless steel with a teflon guide.
Incorporating a remote colour graphical touch-screen interface that simplifies recipe change and selection, the user-friendly display provides intuitive prompts. Up to 100 pre-programmed job recipes are instantly accessible, enabling rapid ‘on-the-fly’ order changes. A new job can be loaded instantly, including blend percentages or job size. As the job progresses the operator can view ‘set’ and ‘actual’ blend recipes, material weights and kg/hr throughput values, plus a full reporting facility.
The removable electronics module contains an ethernet interface as standard and option of can or modbus. Featuring USB plug-in software downloads and SD-card memory, operators can benefit from email alerts and reports and remote access by TSM anywhere in the world.