Preventing Buildup of Limestone Dust and Calcium Carbonate

Preventing Buildup of Limestone Dust and Calcium Carbonate

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This article outlines the application and challenges involved in the production of calcium carbonate, and shows how 3D level measurement can be successfully used to prevent the accumulation of calcium carbonate and limestone dust. Figure 1 shows the production of calcium carbonate.

Calcium carbonate production

Figure 1. Calcium carbonate production

Calcium Carbonate Storage

The end product - calcium carbonate - is stored in silos prior to being shipped in packages or in bulk.

Challenges

Calcium carbonate is an extremely fine, powder-like material that produces a considerable amount of dust during the filling procedure. It also tends to stick to measurement devices and silo walls. The product’s sticky nature generates buildup on the walls of the silo, making it difficult to constantly track and accurately determine the amount of the stored inventory.

This influences efficient maintenance and impacts the end users’ ability to handle and control the inventories effectively. This prevents the process from being interrupted or stopped unexpectedly.

BinMaster’s 3D surface-mapping technology is a 3D visualization tool that enables accurate measurement of volumes, considering the buildup on the walls of silos. The tool provides a 3D display in real time, demonstrating the distribution of calcium carbonate within the silo, and enables the early detection of buildup on the silo walls.

This allows the end user to schedule timely maintenance within the silos, to prevent unanticipated process interruptions and the related losses in terms of time and money. The self-cleaning mechanism of the 3DLevelScanner enables it to work as a maintenance-free system in adverse environments (Figure 2).

BinMaster 3DLevelScanner

Figure 2. BinMaster 3DLevelScanner

Crushed Limestone Silo

Crushed limestone is stored in silos prior to the production process.

Challenges

Limestone creates a considerable amount of dust during the filling procedure and has a tendency to stick to the silo walls, generating uneven buildup and rat holes. Limestone is important in the steel production process, and the amount of raw material present in the silo should be measured to ensure nonstop production.

The dust-penetrating capabilities and the advanced surface mapping technology of the BinMaster 3DLevelScanner provides real-time volume measurements and creates a 3D display of the silo contents, enabling an early detection of buildup. This is important for scheduling cleaning and maintenance operations, and prevents unpredicted process interruptions and the associated losses in terms of time and money.

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