Laboratory IBC blending systems, available from Matcon IBC , are specifically designed to blend powders in small IBCs.
The geometry, blending speed and time of the IBCs is similar to that of larger production IBCs. The blending system includes a blender and controls, IBCs, support frames an IBC handler if required.
Laboratory IBC blenders are stand-alone, floor-mounted units that incorporate single rotating, cantilever shafts onto which a series of interchangeable IBCs can be placed for blending.
The control system is essential to the main drive housing, with standard controls including a digital timer displaying completed and remaining blend times. Rotation speed of IBC blenders is fully adjustable by frequency inverter (Min 5 RPM, Max 25 RPM). The controls also include automatic return of IBC to vertical and a button to invert IBC.
The laboratory powder blenders can be manufactured in stainless steel or carbon steel and is available in three model sizes to suit the different sizes of IBCs being handled.
IBCs standard sizes are 10L, 25L, 50L, 100L, 150L, 200L, 250L and 300L. IBCs are attached to the laboratory IBC blenders by means of a common size bracket on the side of the IBC, which is attached on an asymmetric axis to ensure optimum blending of contents.
It should be noted that when selecting IBCs, between 15% to 35% free air volume is typically allowed for material to flow inside IBC during blending.
Each IBC has a removable, gasketed lid for filling, sampling and emptying. The bottom outlet is flanged and fitted with a blanking plate (no valve as standard).
When not on the laboratory blender, IBCs should be placed into a support frame to support IBCs at a convenient height.
Small IBCs are manually lifted from laboratory blender to support frames while larger ones should be carried by a manual mechanical IBC handler.
A safety interlock is pre-wired into the lab blender controls as standard, and Matcon can provide a safety cage in either carbon steel or stainless steel on request. The safety cage can be electrically interlocked to prevent operation of the system unless closed. The user may provide a suitable safety screen, chains, and light beams which are connected into the standard electrical interlock.
The control panel on the laboratory blenders includes an emergency stop button.
Standard units are for safe area use. ATEX rated units can be supplied on request.