Matcon Manual Cone Valve
Renowned for their innovative Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) Systems, Matcon has launched a new product to their range – the Manual Cone Valve (MCV). It tackles a major problem in the industrial product design stage. Designed specifically to help customers in the Food, Beverage and Chemical sectors overcome the problems of mix segregation, commonly associated with butterfly valves, the manually-operated Cone Valve promotes mass-flow discharge of free-flowing powders, preventing segregation of powder mixes and ensuring product quality.
Not only is it tested and proven as an effective butterfly-valve alternative, the Manual Cone Valve can be easily retrofitted to any existing flanged IBC outlet, providing a cost-effective way of delivering superior powder handling capabilities to an entire IBC fleet.
How the Matcon Manual Cone Valve Technology works
Positioned within the IBC outlet, it is lifted by pushing on a lever handle. As the Cone Valve rises inside the IBC, an annular gap is created, enabling powders to exit under mass-flow. As the powdered material moves simultaneously, there is no particle rolling and hence no mix segregation. Common problems such as bridging and rat-holing are eliminated too. In addition, depending on the desired product discharge flow rate, the operator can lock the lever in an open (100mm height) or closed position with a locking handle, or at any intermediate position in between.
Each unit has a nominal internal diameter of 250mm and is designed to fit a vessel or process with the same outlet size for discharging free-flowing bulk material.
A typical example of discharge time achieved when discharging 1,000kg of salt from a 1,000-litre IBC is only 90 seconds.
Key features of the Manual Cone Valve
- Simple hand operation
- 100mm stroking Cone Valve
- Variable stroke-position locking
- Fast assembly and disassembly
- Promotes mass flow powder discharge
- Prevents segregation of free-flowing powder mix
- 250mm nominal internal diameter
- Designed to fit a vessel or process with equivalent outlet size
In applications involving sticky, cohesive powders or where automation is required, the Classic Matcon IBC System is recommended.