Automated Systems can provide higher productivity for your Lancaster Mixers or other processing equipment.
Lancaster Products designs and manufactures automated systems to control and automate your material storage, transporting and batching processes. Bulk material storage and automatic batching require less manual movement of materials and produce faster batching times, which means better labor and equipment utilization.
ADVANTAGES OF AUTOMATED SYSTEMS
Our systems result in a lower cost of materials, as bulk bag or truckload material prices are generally lower and the cost of purchasing and disposing bags is eliminated. Bulk material storage and handling usually requires less space than manual bag handling methods.
Automatic batching produces a more accurate dispensing of materials and is more reliable than manual methods. It also can provide full batch traceability.
Finally, a Lancaster System means less , less labor, less dust emissions into your plant, and less direct contact between your employees and materials – all providing a healthier, more pleasant, and more productive place to work.
Lancaster Products can custom design an automated system to meet your material storage, transporting and batching processing needs. A custom system may be as simple as a day bin with a screw feeder and weigh hopper for the batching of a major ingredient. Other systems may be as complete as a multi-story batching tower with bulk silo storage, pneumatic material conveying, individual batching of all materials, real time inventory, and a computer printout of every batch for complete traceability for quality control.
The photo above is a Lancaster System ready for transport from our manufacturing facility. Although most systems are assembled on the customer’s site, some systems can be fully assembled and shipped from our facility.
Many fertilizer processing facilities were originally setup with 5 or more large pieces of processing equipment systematically connected with conveyors for a minimum of 9 pieces of equipment to convert raw materials into fertilizer. The amount of work, energy, and maintenance that goes into maintaining a complex system like this is very costly.
Lancaster Products can optimize existing fertilizer pelletizing plants or establish new fertilizer processing facilities. Our counter-current, high shear mixers have several product and operating advantages over the complex, traditional systems.
Since the introduction of the original K-series mixer in 1986, Lancaster Products High Shear Mixers have been designed to produce the best mixing and pelletizing results for our customers. Lancaster Mixers superior performance is due to our multi-tool configuration, counter current mixing action and variable tooling speed capability.
Multi Tool Configuration
Lancaster Mixers can be configured with three independent variable speed mixing tools: the mixing rotor, the plow and the rotating pan. These three tools work in concert to provide the best mixing results. The primary mixing tool is the high-speed rotor. The plow and rotating pan both work to move material into the main rotor’s path. The three mixing tools are so efficient at mixing, there are no dead spots inside of the mixing cavity and every piece of material passes through the mixing rotor every few seconds. Additionally, a sidewall scraper is positioned against the pan sides to prevent caking and buildup of material on the pan itself.