Recirculating spreader-feeder

A NEW recirculating spreader-feeder from Flexicon has been designed to evenly distribute powder and bulk coatings onto food products as they pass between the unit’s longitudinal discharge hopper and its lower collection hopper.

The fully mobile unit is positioned so that a wire conveyor belt with items to be coated, passes immediately above the unit’s lower collection hopper, as a uniform curtain of the coating material descends from the upper discharge hopper.

A centre-less auger along the bottom of the longitudinal collection hopper feeds material into the intake adapter of a side-mounted flexible screw conveyor that moves the material at a 75 degree incline into a horizontally-oriented conveyor positioned above a longitudinal discharge hopper.

The horizontal conveyor has multiple discharge ports to apportion material across the length of the discharge hopper, and automatically starts and stops to maintain a preset fill level in the hopper.

A small-diameter rotating agitator along the bottom of the hopper promotes uniform discharge through an adjustable screen that spans a gap along the hopper bottom.

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