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Ceramic Backing

Ceramic backing is used on the inlet weldment of Vortex pneumatic diverters. Its purpose is to provide an additional layer of protection against continuous wear and abrasion, which is typical in dilute phase pneumatic conveying applications. Once materials have worn through the steel weldment, thick layers of ceramic remain to prevent material leakage and maintain conveying pressure. In essence, ceramic backing allows a pneumatic diverter to continue operations in the midst of wear and abrasion, rather than constantly replacing components in troublesome areas.

To avoid turbulence or friction against material flow – which could damage product or accelerate wear to the ceramic – the layers of ceramic are smoothed in the direction of material flow. On average, ceramic backing will enhance steel durability for a 30-40% longer service life.

Technical Specifications:

• Conveyance type: Dilute phase pneumatic conveying applications
• Compatible Vortex products: Wye Line Diverter, Fill Pass Diverter, Multi-Port Diverter

Ceramic/Epoxy Coating

Ceramic/epoxy coating is used on the inlet weldment of Vortex pneumatic diverters. Similar to ceramic backing, the purpose of ceramic/epoxy coating is to provide an additional layer of protection against continuous wear and abrasion, which is typical in dilute phase pneumatic conveying applications. The primary difference is that ceramic/epoxy coating is intended to protect against fine particle abrasion only; it is less effective when handling larger particle sizes. Once materials have worn through the steel weldment, thick layers of ceramic/epoxy remain to prevent material leakage and maintain conveying pressure. In essence, ceramic/epoxy coating allows a pneumatic diverter to continue operations in the midst of wear and abrasion, rather than constantly replacing components in troublesome areas.
On average, ceramic/epoxy coating will enhance steel durability for a 20-30% longer service life.

Technical Specifications:

• Conveyance type: Dilute phase pneumatic conveying applications
• Compatible Vortex products: Wye Line Diverter, Fill Pass Diverter, Multi-Port Diverter

Reinforced Inlet Weldment

An alternative to abrasion-resistant coatings is to construct a pneumatic diverter with a reinforced inlet weldment. In essence, a reinforced inlet weldment is a standard inlet weldment with the addition of a thick, triangular piece of welded steel. Once materials have worn through the standard steel weldment, thick layers of welded steel remain to prevent material leakage and maintain conveying pressure. In essence, a reinforced inlet weldment allows a pneumatic diverter to continue operations in the midst of wear and abrasion, rather than constantly replacing components in troublesome areas.

On average, a reinforced inlet weldment will enhance steel durability for a 10-20% longer service life.

Technical Specifications:

• Conveyance type: Dilute phase pneumatic conveying applications
• Compatible Vortex products: Wye Line Diverter, Fill Pass Diverter, Multi-Port Diverter

Spin Knobs

Several Vortex diverters feature a removable access panel. For quick and easy interior access without tools, the removable access panel can be secured with spin knobs.

Compatible Vortex products: Seal Tite Diverter, Flex Tube Diverter, Aggregate Diverter, Titan Lined Diverter, Pivoting Chute Diverter

Food-Friendly Modifications

For especially sanitary applications, Vortex offers many additional food-friendly modifications. Such modifications include electropolishing, specialty roughness average (RA) finishes and continuous welds to reduce surface imperfections; quick-lock access doors to meet the highest safety standards; and additional removable access panels for enhanced interior access.

Contact us to discuss further details.

NEMA & IP Ratings

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