How The Optifeed™ OES-VPI Works
The Optifeed™ OES-VPI uses a high performance powder suction pump that vacuum conveys from 3 to over 200 pounds per minute of any powder or solid.
For materials that are easily dissolved or suspended, the OES-VPI discharge could then be sent on to the next step in the process. If materials require shear to properly disperse, deagglomerate or emulsify, they can be recirculated through a batch tank with in-tank high shear mixer. Alternately, the material can be processed through a DynaShear or Boston Shearmill for in-line high shear mixing, without the need for a batch mixer.
Basic Rules for Use
- Maximum viscosity before or after ingredient introduction is 2500 cps.
- Maximum allowable head on discharge side is 10 psi. If head loss exceeds recommended levels, a booster pump on the discharge piping should be installed.
- Minimum incoming flow rate for the system is 35 GPM.
If soy protein, carrageenan, starch or similar products are used, a Fastfeed system may be necessary.
One significant point for all users of powder induction equipment to be aware of: It is very difficult to control with absolute precision the volume of the entrained material and its instantaneous ratio to the motive liquid. Most often, powder induction systems are mounted in a batch mixing process to insure the desired recipes are achieved.