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Guttridge is capable of customising any of its standard machine range to provide a solution to a range of customer requirements.

The company has customised its standard Bulkflo hopper-loader to suit three very different applications for three different markets — food production, rubber processing and powdered drinks.

The standard Guttridge Bulkflo is a large-capacity mobile loading hopper with an integral hopper discharge screw and an adjustable elevating screw, making it suitable for easy clean-down.

Case studies

Food production

A well-known frozen food manufacturer needed to streamline its breadcrumb coating line and eliminate spillage in the production area. The machine was specified to handle a granular breadcrumb mix for coating meat and fish products.

Specific features:

  • Oversized hopper takes the entire contents of a Bulk Bag
  • Integral forklift channels ensure safe and easy lifting
  • Sensor-controlled vibrator motors ensure that the breadcrumbs flow consistently
  • The elevating screw swivels to a horizontal position for easy disassembly for cleaning
  • Polished stainless steel finish throughout ensures hygiene

Rubber processing

A client manufactures thermo plastic elastomer. Its requirement was for an intermediate storage hopper post extrusion/cooling and a conveying system to feed the product into the downstream packing line. Talcum powder is added to the product to act as a coating and to ensure the granules do not adhere to each other.

The Bulkflo featured an extremely slow running screw and a purpose-built agitator. The agitator created a combined levelling and gentle mixing action to maximise storage capacity inside the hopper and ensure that the granules come into contact with the cooling jacket.

Specific features:

  • Integral cold water jacket to the product temperature following extrusion — this additional feature reduces the risk of clumping
  • There is a blockage sensor at the elevating screw outlet
  • There is also a metal detector/ejector after the elevating screw outlet
  • Extended length hopper ensures bulk capacity

Powdered sports drinks

A client manufactures sports drink powders for muscle building and general nutrition, for sale to commercial gyms. In this case, an oversized Bulkflo was required to provide buffer storage between a batch blender and the packaging line.

The blended powder had unknown handling properties. Sophisticated powder test facilities were used to measure the flow characteristics, from which Guttridge was able to predict minimum arching dimension and specify hopper wall angle. This ensured a right-first-time solution with the final machine designed and built to order.

Specific features:

  • A shorter, taller machine was chosen to suit the blender discharge outlet
  • Large clean-out doors ensure easy clean-down
  • Sight glass enables the user to observe the material level inside the hopper

Guttridge

Guttridge Ltd is a flourishing company, globally respected for delivering well-engineered bulk materials handling solutions, yet still evolving to meet today’s fast-changing industrial needs. Based in Spalding, Lincolnshire, Guttridge were founded in 1962 and tackle applications in every industrial sector, from grain to aggregates and cement, from food to pharmaceutical.

Guttridge Ltd is a flourishing company, globally respected for delivering well-engineered bulk materials handling solutions, yet still evolving to meet today’s fast-changing industrial needs. Based in Spalding, Lincolnshire, Guttridge were founded in 1962 and tackle applications in every industrial sector, from grain to aggregates and cement, from food to pharmaceutical. The company work at the forefront of bulk materials handling technology supported by close connections with the UK’s leading research establishments and University based solids handling experts. Most importantly, Guttridge are committed to anticipating and meeting their customers’ evolving requirements for higher throughput, maximum cost efficiency, lower energy consumption and exemplary reliability.

Guttridge specialise in the design and manufacture of:
– bucket elevators
– chain conveyors
– screw conveyors
– belt conveyors
– FIBC bulk bag dischargers
– mixers, bins and other ancillary bulk materials handling equipment

Guttridge can offer not only standard machinery but also custom built equipment to suit our customers varying requirements and are accredited with ISO9001 and Investors in People (IIP) and are members of SHAPA – the Solids Handling and Processing Association.

Spares for bulk materials handling equipment are always available from Guttridge with many parts kept in stock for quick supply.

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