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Measuring Material Level in Dusty Talc Applications for Luzenac America

SITUATION:
“Ultrasonic systems from two leading manufacturers don’t work because of the heavy dust. The older weight and cable style doesn’t work well because of high maintenance. I need a reliable solution.”

EXPLANATION:
Luzenac supplies the pulp, paper and board industry with talc for use as a pitch control agent and a runnability aid, a coating pigment in both rotogravure and offset, and a functional filler. In certain specialty papers, e.g. colored papers, labels, Luzenac talc’s special properties help to improve quality and productivity. Talc also has application as an additive to ceramic, rubber, plastics and even roofing materials. Talc is about 50lbs/ft³ and very dusty. Older electromechanical weight & cable devices couldn’t live up to the rigors of the application, neither could ultrasonic systems that were blinded by the heavy dust.

SOLUTION:
The Monitor Technologies SiloPatrol® smart cable-based sensor system with 4-20mA output was being used successfully on this difficult application at the Luzenac plant in Sappington, Montana. The Three Forks plant needed a solution and decided to try the SiloPatrol inventory monitoring system to reliably keep track of their finished goods inventory. In this tough application the SiloPatrol proved to be the best solution. The sensor is unaffected by the dust and internal bin structures. The SiloPatrol sensor uses a powerful direct drive motor and 270lb. tensile strength cable along with state-of-the-art microcontroller based electronics.

Luzenac prefers the SiloPatrol system to other equipment they have tried. This is evidenced by their usage at the two plants in Montana and one plant in Houston, TX. They have dozens of units in place that continue to work reliably for them.

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