Equipment & Technology

Taking the guesswork out of bulk handling

The Australian manufacturer’s latest feeders are designed for weighing and dosing in the food, quarry and mining industries. 

Melbourne-based manufacturer Tecweigh is helping bulk handlers manage their materials through accurate and reliable weighing equipment.

Barry Gamble, business development manager at Tecweigh, said that companies are increasingly looking for more control over their processes.

“Whether it’s in a mine, quarry or food manufacturing facility, businesses want real-time information about how many tonnes per hour are being handled,” he told ABHR. 

“That information takes the guesswork out of many processes and improves the overall efficiency of a plant.

“It can also highlight if something has gone wrong along the process, or simply help find ways to improve the plant.”

Tecweigh designs and manufactures equipment to help bulk material handlers improve their operations with accurate weight measurement.

Founded in 1973, the company specialises in three product ranges – belt scales, weigh belt feeders and volumetric feeders.

Gamble said these products can significantly assist the bulk handling process.

“Weigh belt feeders in the grain industry can make truck loading easier or control the conveying of potatoes such as in in a French fries manufacturing process,” he said.

“In addition, a volumetric feeder can control the addition of either salt or seasoning to the finished consumer product.”

Tecweigh can build weigh belt feeders for almost any application, with throughputs from 100kg per hour to more than 1000 tonnes per hour. Models range from medium to ultra-heavy duty for blending, loading or truck filling.

The single or dual weigh idler systems have also been designed so they are easy to calibrate and to provide consistent accuracy. Stainless steel, hermetically sealed IP68 load cells provide accuracies of ± 0.5 or ± 0.25 per cent for the company’s belt scales and feeders.

Tecweigh’s volumetric feeders can accurately accommodate feed rates of up to 30,000 litres per hour. 

Gamble said the belt scales are manufactured to match the existing conveyor and material throughput.

“Our team will work with a client to prepare a weighing solution that is custom-tailored to the site’s requirements,” he said.

“They can guide clients through our range of high-quality weighing-in-motion equipment and metering products.”

The products are manufactured in Melbourne, with materials such as powder-coated mild steel or stainless steel chosen to suit the food industry. 

Gamble said the equipment has stood the test of time, with some customers looking to refurbish belt feeders that have been in the market for more than 25 years.

“The powder-coated protection of the frame and exceptional manufacturing quality has allowed our equipment to withstand harsh industrial environments,” he said.

“Tecweigh offers local after-sales support and maintains a significant stock inventory for its conveyor belt scales, volumetric feeders, and weigh belt feeders.

“Our team has more than 100 years of combined experience in providing bespoke bulk weighing solutions, and we’re aiming to maintain our growth to support the industry.” 

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