Engineered powder carbon black is produced globally and in massive quantities for its multiple uses in various industries. For example, its applications range from an electricity conductor in electronics to rubber for car tires, and even food coloring (a function that’s prohibited in the U.S.). More than 10 million metric tons of carbon black is produced each year to satisfy demand. The large quantities and endless destinations for this hard-to-flow bulk solid product require important handling considerations.

Health Considerations

As a best practice, ensure that equipment operators and product handlers have suitable protective gear.

Plan to prevent powder carbon black from flying into the immediate work environment. It is possible to contain it in an enclosed pneumatic conveyor during the loading and unloading processes.

Texture Implications

Powder carbon black is highly cohesive in nature. This characteristic complicates the transporting and unloading processes. The problem is that the product tends to pack in transit, which makes it difficult to unload at the destination.

Bulk-Flow’s Tilt-Less Liner addresses these issues well. Documented tests and current real-life use prove that the Tilt-Less Liner solution successfully eliminates the humidity that damages powder carbon black, makes it useless for producers and very difficult to manipulate. This tilt less solution keeps it from caking.

Watch a video of the Tilt-Less Liner in action!

Also, since one of carbon black’s primary characteristics is its clingy nature, anticipate that it will stick to the surface and walls of any storage space.
Nonetheless, proper storage conditions will prevent the product from becoming clumpy for up to 12 months. Consider prioritizing the dispensing out or distribution of carbon black by releasing the stored product load in the order that it came in – first in, first out (FIFO).

Cross-contamination

In a sealed liner, such as the Tilt-Less Liner, there’s no chance for cross-contamination. The powder carbon black doesn’t touch the container and remains sealed in it until it is unloaded into the client’s production line or silo at the shipment’s destination.

Toxic fumes, undesirable smells, messy dust, and other unwanted bi-products are contained securely while loading, transporting, and unloading powder carbon black in a Tilt-Less Liner. This decreases the possibility of leaving traces behind that could affect future products transported in the same maritime container.

Extend the Benefits of these Solutions to other Hard-to-Flow Bulk Solids

Other hard-to-flow products with similar properties to powder carbon black are also reaping great results from the Tilt-Less Liner application, like titanium dioxide.

The Tilt-Less Liner is an exciting new alternative available in the market now!
It is a cost-saving alternative that also provides flexible applications to properly handle your hard-to-flow commodities. The chemical industry for hard-to-flow products like carbon black is projected to expand with additional offerings created in specialty variations. Uses of these materials will grow and so will the handling, transportation and storage requirements for this type of cargo. This is the ideal time to prepare in anticipation of those market needs.

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