Volkmann Inc

Bristol,  PA 
United States
  • Booth: 2136

Enhance the new technology of additive manufacturing machines when handling metal powders or toxic materials. Consisting of three elements, the Volkmann PowTReX addresses the need to transfer material to the machine - both in a normal air environment or under an inert gas - recover the unused material, screen it, and finally return the material to the machine or a container for future use.


 Press Releases

  • (Bristol, PA) Volkmann, Inc., a market leader in vacuum conveying, will showcase its Additive Manufacturing Material Handling System (AMMHAS) at Rapid + TCT Exhibition at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX from April 24-26, 2018. The Volkmann AMMHAS is designed specifically to enhance additive manufacturing technology when handling metal powders or toxic materials.

    The AMMHAS system consists of three elements to recover any unused material, screen it, and finally return the material to the machine or a container for future use. It is available as a mobile unit or a fixed floor-mounted assembly. Developed with Volkmann’s pneumatic vacuum technology, it offers contained transfer of material from pick-up locations to the manufacturing unit, and then through the capture, integrated screening and return-to-use stations. This high level of containment meets potential environmental issues, and addresses operator safety in all applications.

    It has successfully been used in operations using metals and materials such as tungsten, cobalt, silver powder, iron, stainless steel, alumina, nickel chrome, copper, chrono K20, carbide dust, corundum and G.62 with bulk densities ranging from 93 to 341 lbs/ft3.  The unit works in both a normal air environment and under an inert gas. Where inert transfer is required, the system is designed in a “closed loop” so that inert gas is both contained and reused, avoiding the additional cost of large volumes of inert gas. In this version, a special configuration gas-tight electric pump is used to maintain system temperature and containment.

    “We are very pleased to offer this system to the additive manufacturing industry,” notes Volkmann president, Nick Hayes. “Having the ability to safeguard facilities with vacuum transfer of material as well as reclaim and reuse these expensive materials, gives the industry cost savings that make its end product even more viable.”

    For more information call 609.265.0101 or visit VolkmannUSA.com.

    About Volkmann

    Volkmann engineers and manufactures high quality, high performance vacuum conveyors, additive manufacturing material handling systems, bag dump stations, unloaders and equipment for the safe, sanitary and trouble-free handling of fine chemicals, granules, pellets, tablets, food particles and small components. Volkmann vacuum conveyors can supply packaging lines, mixers, filling machines, tablet presses or any other kind of process equipment or vessel (containers, silos etc.) on demand.

  • The next generation additive manufacturing material handling system offers safe metal powder transfer, recovery and extraction

    Bristol, PA, April 13, 2018:  Volkmann, Inc., a market leader in vacuum conveying, will introduce its next generation additive manufacturing handling system, PowTReX, at the Rapid + TCT show in Fort Worth, Texas, booth 2136. PowTReX is designed specifically to enhance additive manufacturing technology when handling metal powders or toxic materials by providing safe transfer, recovery and extraction and return-to-use of materials with high bulk densities at high rates.

    Recognizing the need to improve efficiencies in the additive manufacturing environment, Volkmann’s PowTReX eliminates needless waste of costly metal powders while maintaining a safe, contained environment for product transfer. Operating at throughputs of above 1100 lbs/hr for stainless steel, and above 660 lbs/hr for aluminum powder, PowTReX keeps the additive manufacturing operation running at peak efficiency.

    Developed with Volkmann’s pneumatic vacuum technology and Mulitjector® vacuum pump, PowTReX consists of:

    • Vacuum Receiver with HEPA filter to separate and collect the powder and release it to the buffer while maintaining high exhaust air quality
    • Powder Buffer to collect the metal powder before releasing it ot the screener, making unloading independent of the screening rate
    • Powder feeder that optimizes the amount of metal powder going to the screener
    • Ultrasonic Screen with a basic screen size of 63 μm offering ultrasonic agitation of the sieve to prevent binding and outlets for the separation of acceptable and rejected product
    • Collecting Bin or Pick Up Hopper with feeding element
    • Options in buffer and screen sizes are available to meet the application.

    PowTReX is capable of handling metals and materials such as tungsten, cobalt, silver powder, iron, stainless steel, alumina, nickel chrome, copper, chrono K20, carbide dust, corundum and G.62 with bulk densities ranging from 93 to 341 lbs/ft3.  The unit works in both a normal air environment and under an inert gas. Where inert transfer is required, the system is designed in a “closed loop” so that inert gas is both contained and reused, avoiding the additional cost of large volumes of inert gas. In this version, a special configuration gas-tight electric pump is used to maintain system temperature and containment.

    “Now that the additive manufacturing industry is becoming more production oriented it is time to operate efficiently and cost effectively,” notes Volkmann president, Nick Hayes. “Having the ability to safeguard facilities with vacuum transfer of material and production rates, as well as reclaim and reuse these expensive materials, gives the industry cost savings that make its end product even more viable.”

    For more information call 609.265.0101 or visit VolkmannUSA.com.


 Products

  • Additive Manufacturing Material Handling System
    Volkmann additive manufacturing material handling system (AMMHAS) enhances additive manufacturing technology by recovering, screening and returning metal and toxic material to production via contained pneumatic vacuum transfer....

  • Volkmann's AMMHAS system consists of three elements to recover any unused material, screen it, and finally return the material to the machine or container for future use. It is available as a mobile unit or fixed floor-mounted assembly. Developed with Volkmann’s pneumatic vacuum technology, it offers contained transfer of material from pick-up locations to the manufacturing unit, and then through the capture, integrated screening and return-to-use stations. This high level of containment meets potential environmental issues, and addresses operator safety in all applications.

    It has successfully been used in operations using metals and materials such as tungsten, cobalt, silver powder, iron, stainless steel, alumina, nickel chrome, copper, chrono K20, carbide dust, corundum and G.62 with bulk densities ranging from 93 to 341 lbs/ft3.  The unit works in both a normal air environment and under an inert gas. Where inert transfer is required, the system is designed in a “closed loop” so that inert gas is both contained and reused, avoiding the additional costs.