About three years ago, during the summer of 2012, I discussed an application with a palm oil producer who needed to clean and dry palm fruits as part of their oil production process. I remember the application well because I knew nothing about palm fruits and came to learn of their popularity on other continents.
Now, years later and again from another continent, our South African distributor has a similar need. However, rather than removing the cleaning residue from the outside of a palm fruit, this application needed to address the control and collection of the extracted palm oil on a production line.
The need in this application is the collection of spilled and residual oil that is filled into large containers and provided to culinary facilities. The end user needed a way to keep any spilled oil from contaminating the process downstream, and a method to collect the oil once it was within a controlled space/container.
To block the oil from travelling any further into the process, we recommended a series of 316 Stainless Steel Super Air Knives aimed at the conveyor belt, blowing opposite the direction of container travel. This setup operated at the right pressure can not only keep the oil from any downstream components, but also blow the oil into a specified container.
Once the oil is removed from the conveyor and collected in a hopper, trough, or similar container, it can be removed with a High Lift Reversible Drum Vac. Our High Lift Reversible Drum Vac is suitable for viscous fluids such as oils, coolants, and paints up to 1400 centipoise. The High Lift Reversible Drum Vac can then be used to pump the oil into a final container, or back into the process for cleaning and recycling.
Its always great to pull from a previous application when speaking with an EXAIR customer. And, with our full team of Application Engineers, we have plenty of applications to reference.