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AZO COMPONENTER®: Batch and minor quantity automation

AZO GmbH + Co. KG

Automatic, highly accurate dosing, weighing, collecting and preparing of batches for mixer feeding

During the manufacture of food, pharmaceuticals, chemical and plastic products, precise adherence to the recipes is decisive for the product quality. As the producer, you must have absolute confidence in the exact supply of your raw materials. Each ingredient must be meticulously documented.

Reasons for the automation are:

• High precision for small and large weight units

• Product and operator protection through contamination-free solutions

• Reliable batch traceability and permanent documentation

• User-friendly control and visualisation

• Great flexibility, meaning weighing various weights from 10 grams up to several hundred kilograms, variable design possible, simple to expand, easy to change recipes

• Minimised non-productive times, e.g. through process-optimised collection of components results in high speed

• Sustainable, economic solutions with high energy efficiency

• Safety thanks to experience and fully developed technology

• Global service

We have the right solution for every requirement. The circular AZO COMPONENTER® is an affordable solution when there is a limited number of ingredients. This system is rec-ommended whenever a small number of ingredients is to be weighed automatically. With this principle, the surge bins, such as feeding hoppers for sacks, receivers that are fed pneumatically or small silos, are arranged in a circle above the collecting vessel. There is separate discharging, dosing and weighing for each ingredient. This makes parallel weighing operations possible. The AZO vibration bottom ensures reliable discharge even where flow-resistant minor components are involved. The dosing screw with a locking de-vice ensures high metering accuracy. The products are weighed exactly onto scales/tor-sion balances and discharged into a collecting vessel.Once all the ingredients have been weighed and the batch is complete, it is sucked pneumatically onto a conveying scales or, depending on the area of use, immediately transferred into a mixer. This type of AZO COMPONENTER® can be used when admixtures of related products are permitted.

The version of the AZO COMPONENTER® with a linear arrangement is ideal when there are many ingredients. The surge bins with product feeding and the separate discharge and dosing units are arranged opposite each other in rows in this case. Special docking options make it quick to switch over from big bags and containers at any time. Depending on the formulation, the accumulation method is generally used to weigh raw materials into scales that are transported below the metering points. Once all the constituents are in the conveying scales, the batch can be discharged at one or more discharge points (e.g. mixer or pneumatic conveyor).

If there is a requirement for contaminant-free solutions, the ingredients can also be me-tered straight into a container on a mobile scales. The floor scales move fully automati-cally to the specified dosing points. There is an additional option of adding micro quanti-ties with maximum accuracy by using AZODOS® negative weighing systems. Transfer of raw materials takes place without contact and there is little generation of dust thanks to a special gasket with aspiration in accordance with the raw material. As soon as the entire batch is complete, a batch report is generated and the container is transferred to the dis-charge point for further processing. The system works according to the accumulation method. It is more economical to carry out consecutive weighing processes than to weigh in parallel.

About AZO

The AZO Group is a German company, headquartered in Osterburken. AZO special-ises in the planning, manufacture and assembly of machines and facilities for auto-mating production processes in storage, discharge, screening, conveying, dosing and weighing of bulk materials and powdered components well as for dispersing, mixing and homogenizing of liquid and semisolid products. With over 1,000 employees, the AZO Group has locations additional to its Oster-burken Headquarters in Neckarsulm, Hannover and Neuenburg am Rhein, as well as being active worldwide with subsidiaries in Belgium, China, France, Russia, Thailand, the USA and the United Kingdom.

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