A horse feed producer needed an assist with a process need at its facility with the production of forage cubes. Upstream in the process, bales of hay are broken down and minor ingredients are added before the raw materials are formed into cubes.
Once formed, the approximately 75 to 100 mm square cubes are transferred into cloth silos. Below each silo, a common belt conveyor transfers forage cubes to a packaging line, where they are loaded either into 50 lb bags or into bulk bags.
In spring of 2018, Vortex and Rate Technology, Inc., a Vortex equipment sales representative, consulted with the horse feed producer to assist with the process.
Vortex and Rate Technology were tasked with identifying a solution for discharging forage cubes out of the cloth silos, down onto the belt conveyor. Primarily, the client is concerned with forage cube quality and thus, the cubes cannot be damaged upon gate closure.
Upon careful analysis of the application, the Vortex Roller Gate (see video above) was recommended.
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