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Impact weighers are designed to measure free-flowing dry materials like various powders.

Industrial operations cover a wide range of facilities, processes, materials and requirements. As such, there's no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to industrial equipment. Organisations need to carefully select the right machinery to meet their specific needs. That extends to machinery like conveyor belt scales, feeders, level measurement instruments and weighers. Every piece of equipment should be tailored to a particular application and, in some cases, specific facilities and workflows.

When considering available options, industrial operators may look at impact weighers as viable solutions for their work sites. This is highly specialised equipment, however, and not suitable for all applications. When is it appropriate to use impact weighers, and what benefits do they offer?

How impact weighers function

Impact weighers are designed with free-flowing industrial applications in mind. In particular, this machinery is adept at measuring dry materials like powders, particulates and other fine substances that need to be processed, collected or transported from a mining site to another location. One example might be the residual dust left over in an industrial kiln or other equipment that heats materials to incredibly high temperatures.

Accurately measuring such substances presents a number of logistical challenges. For one, standard equipment might have difficulty adjusting to the continuous movement of fine particulate matter and maintaining precise measurements. Impact weighers are able to get accurate readings even as the flow of dry materials shifts.

Another issue is the impact that tare weight, material buildup, sensing plate wear and other forces have on readings. Even slight deviations could completely throw off industrial readings. Impact weighers work around these concerns by using impact plates that can only move horizontally. By doing so, the equipment only measures horizontal impact force, ignoring other factors that might affect measurements.

Industrial sites that need to measure fine particulates stand to benefit from impact weighers.Industrial sites that need to measure fine particulates stand to benefit from impact weighers.

Best applications for impact weighers

Industrial facilities that gather, process or transport dry powders stand to benefit immensely from installing impact weighers. That's especially true when operators need to closely monitor the flow rate of these materials and capture particulate measurements with a high degree of accuracy.

Because impact weighers are often relatively compact in size, they can be very useful in facilities where space is limited and larger measuring equipment would be impractical to instal.

Another point to keep in mind is that impact weighers can be customised to fit virtually any conveying system. Air slides, rotary valves, bucket elevators and screw feeders can all be outfitted with impact weighers to improve the measurement of dry materials.

Find the right impact weigher solution for your site

As with any equipment purchase, it's important that industrial operators select impact weighers that closely align with the conditions of their facilities and meet their specialised requirements. The best approach may be to work with an expert equipment provider that understands the nuances of various industrial fields and can select machinery that perfectly suits your needs.

SRO Technology can assess your industrial site to determine which machinery will provide the best results and improve productivity. Our expert team is able to customise any solution to seamlessly integrate with existing equipment and fit into industrial workflows. Reach out today to find out how we can help.