The FlowOptimizer is a special distribution rotor integrated into the flaking chamber of a knife ring flaker, enabling “3D distribution” of the material flow. The axially blown-in chips enter the inner chambers of the distribution rotor, are set into rotation and are guided via centrifugal forces through the openings at the front and rear side of the system toward the main rotor. This achieves optimum distribution over both the knife ring width and the entire knife ring circumference, allowing the optimum and uniform use of the entire knife length.
FlowOptimizer retrofits (Image credit: Dieffenbacher)
In this way the FlowOptimizer solves the material distribution problems of knife ring flakers and ensures optimised flake quality while simultaneously reducing operating costs per ton of material produced.
Since its presentation at the Ligna trade fair in May 2017, Maier has received more than 20 orders for FlowOptimizer retrofits or new knife ring flakers with FlowOptimizer technology, and several are already successfully in operation. Up to 25 per cent higher throughput and up to 20 per cent lower specific energy demand have been achieved in practice. In addition, the FlowOptimizer enables longer knife ring service lives and a reduction in wear costs, thus contributing to increased plant efficiency.
FlowOptimizer presentation at Ligna 2017 (Image credit: Dieffenbacher)
The FlowOptimizer is available as a standard component for Maier MRZ knife ring flakers and as an upgrade for existing flaker systems.