Matcon IBC has introduced cone valve technology that replaces traditional butterfly valves on IBC's and gives the user the ability to better manage discharge flows.
The Pharmaceutical industry traditionally used basic, manually-oriented methods of solids transfer from process to process when preparing solids material used in the production of tablets, capsules and granules.
Small containers, drums and polyethylene bags are often manually “poured” as an open transfer to the process hopper inlet. Otherwise traditional dispensing methods for direct compression or granulation used a vacuum transfer system to elevate the material to the process inlet.
‘Open’ transfers are dusty, operator reliant and run the risk of product cross contamination.
Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) were initially introduced after granulation to transport single batches from the granulation process to compression via vacuum or gravity.
Improvements in production processes then allowed two or three batches of dried granulate to be discharged into one larger IBC resulting in savings in product quality, cleaning, IBC movement, labour and validation.
Increasing need for improved containment, batch integrity or traceability and plant automation, saw the introduction of IBCs earlier in the process chain, from the dispensary.
However the growing use of direct compression blends resulted in IBCs struggling to cope with poor flowing, cohesive solids and highlighted the limitations of butterfly valve IBC technology.
The introduction of Cone Valve technology provides IBCs with the ability to promote and control discharge of cohesive and free flowing solids at any process step without segregation or degradation of product and whilst maintaining a high degree of containment and batch integrity/traceability throughout the entire process chain.