General Information for Vertical Augers
Augers are sized in increments of 1/16″ and are usually stamped on the drive stem. A number 16 auger will be 1 inch in diameter; a number 32 will be 2 inches in diameter and so on. Augers used in filling machines will have various connections to their drive mechanisms. The most popular is the bayonet style.
Free Flow / Straight Augers
Free Flow augers are typically used to feed a dry product that does not stick together or to anything it may come in contact to. Products like sugar, salt, sand, rice and popcorn are examples. The auger tooling that is used with free flowing products will consist of a straight auger design, a spinner plate to stop the material flow, a straight funnel and some type of collector.
Non-Free Flow / Self Feeding Augers
Non-Free Flow augers are typically used to feed a dry product that is sticky and will not flow on its on. Products like cake mix, pancake mix, non-dairy creamer, grated cheese and soup base are examples. The auger tooling that is used with non-free flowing products will normally consist of a self feeding auger design and a lip funnel.
Special Auger Designs
While there is an enormous quantity of standard augers available, the results of your filling machine operation depend entirely on the proper auger design for your product. An incorrect auger design can result in inferior product in terms of quantity and/or quality. One of the services that sets us apart from the rest of the field is our unique problem solving capability. We have built our reputation on our ability to respond to our customers’ specific needs.
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