Van Beek is the specialist in the field of screw conveyors. The core business of the company, set up in 1939, consists of the sale, design and manufacture of screw conveyors. Van Beek customises every screw conveyor. The company has over 35 employees.
Van Beek is a niche player. The organisation specialises in high quality customised stainless steel screw conveyor systems and delivers them all over the world. Over 80% of production is exported. The chemicals, pharmaceuticals, environmental and food industry in particular are grateful to use Van Beek’s expertise.
There is a separate machine line for bulk truck loading machines. Under the trade name Dino, Van Beek is the world market leader in this equipment. More information about this can be found on www.dino.nl
Checking your product during processing is very important to maintain quality. But how do you safely take a representative sample without having to shut down the whole process? Van Beek has developed the Sample Screw for this purpose: an innovative sampler that is easy to clean.
This machine is ideal for taking representative product samples from containers, hoppers or in-line (for example after an outlet or in a discharge pipe). Using a small screw conveyor a sample of the material is taken safely from the product stream without disrupting the process. Even materials with poor running qualities can be controlled in this way because a screw is used.
Easy to clean
Stringent hygiene requirements are not a problem for the Sample Screw. The sampler is easy to dismantle for quick and complete cleaning. It can be used in the dairy, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Samples can be taken for example of powders, flocks, granules, flakes, pellets and slurries. The sample size and frequency can be adjusted.
Easy to insert
Our sampler is driven by its own air motor or electric motor (with gear unit) and is easy to insert in your production line. Whether this involves bunkers, silos, hoppers or bulk transfer, in most cases little or no adjustments have to be made to your system. Only a small passage through the wall is enough to pass through the non-driven side of the Sample Screw. And should a minor adjustment be needed, then our years of experience in the process industry guarantees customised advice.
We are happy to help you if you still have questions about this type of screw conveyor or if you are looking for different solutions for your bulk handling.
The bulk truck loader is deployed as the most effective way to load a truck with bulk goods. The Dino® can be used for goods stored in BigBags and even goods that are loaded with a shovel aren't a problem.
The basic capacity of the Dino® is 40 m³ an hour (can be increased to 80 m³). The Dino® is certified under CE, ARBO regulation, ARAB, TUV etc.
Companies that have decided to purchase a bulk truck loader are asking themselves how they coped before. A bulk truck loader is not only a tool that saves time, also the safety of the employees is improved considerably.
The bulk truck loader looks like a standard device, but that is not true. The main power of van Beek is the flexible way they build their machines. Every machine is built according to specific customer specifications. Of course every bulk truck loader complies with all safety regulations.
Van Beek big-bag discharge stations are customised and designed for the problem-free discharge of packaged bulk goods (big-bags/FIBC/bulk-bags). Dust-free, hygienic, user-friendly and free of production losses!
Van Beek dosing systems are suitable for the volumetric or gravimetric dosing of bulk goods and are therefore frequently used in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food sector. In a batch process our dosing systems are ideal for the dust-free filling of small packagings/bagged goods and big-bags. This application is not only limited to dosing free-flowing powders and granules. With the right adjustments our dosing systems can also be used for products with poor flow qualities. You can quickly and easily dismantle the screw for thorough cleaning and inspection. As a result our dosing systems are extremely suitable for processes with regular product changes. The screw revolutions determine the volumetric dosing capacity, where one or more screws can be used. During their long life our dosing systems only require minimum maintenance.
The trouble-free elavation of powders and granules: Van Beek's screw elevators are built especially for this. Exhausting and risky dragging of bags on ladders and platforms belongs to the past. With the screw elavator the material lands dust free on the right spot. You will decide how high the machine should reach and what should be the exact desired content of the hopper. Van Beek's screw elevators are made exactly the way that suits you best. An additional advantage is that you do not need to worry about the engineering, cleanability, working conditions requirements or the safety aspects (CE-requirements).
Van Beek is a specialist in this field and as such it has a lot of experience and knowledge. In the food, chemical, pharmaceutical and synthetic material sectors, screw elevators are often the answer. With a Van Beek screw elevator you have a dependable and reliable machine, which you will enjoy for many years. In short, an investment that will quickly pay for itself. This also applies to the practical suggestions that our employees can offer you.
Every company is different. Every production process is different. Every product is different. The trough conveyors are an evidence of this, since their finishing touch and their execution comply exactly with the customer's specifications. In the food, chemical, pharmaceutical and synthetic material industries there are many products with high hygienic requirements. In such cases, screw conveyors which can be cleaned quickly and efficiently, are the first requirement. For an efficient and quick cleaning of the screw, the lids can be fitted with hinges and toggle clamps. In this way, no valuable time is wasted.
Obviously, the importance of safety should not be forgotten. Therefore, the lids are equipped with circuit breakers that comply with strict safety requirements (CE standardization). The screw is completely welded on both sides on our welding robot. This guarantees a uniform welding that complies with the highest quality requirements. In most cases, the standard execution of the trough conveyor will be sufficient, with which you can elevate up to 35°. However, an angle of 90° can be reached by adjusting the shape off the trough and the lids.
To transport powders and granules, but also for coarse products like waste, in many cases a tube conveyor offers a simple and effective solution. The tube conveyor can elevate materials up to 90°. This makes it extremely fit for work situations, where a height must be bridged in a small space. Companies that want to transport hazardous goods, or goods with strong odors, or very thin material, can choose a gas-tight execution. In doing so inconveniences at the work place can be prevented.
The screw is completely welded by our welding robot. The resulting uniform welding guarantees an optimum quality. In some cases it is desirable or necessary that a screw can be cleaned regularly. In this case a tube conveyor with a removable screw would be the solution. Dismantling and assembly will not be the reason for a needless delay. Van Beek has also taken this aspect strongly into consideration.
Anyone looking for cooperation abroad does not immediately think of Spain. The economy is not known as robust and Spanish companies do not often look for cooperation outside their own borders. However Van Beek has already been working successfully for two years with its Spanish agent Codols, a company specialised in handling and processing solids (in particular powders and granules).
The challenging economic situation in Spain acts as a driving force for Codols, explains managing partner of Codols Martí i Mateo. Companies want to improve their process but are reticent when it comes to investing. "It is therefore important to show the client that an investment in such product processing quickly pays for itself."
What are the market expectations in Spain and Portugal?
"After a few years recession the market is now beginning to recover. Most demanding clients are now beginning to think about acquiring solutions that add value to their present way of working."
What challenges do you see in the near future?
"Our clients have increasingly extensive wishes. It is important that we provide a dynamic and complete vision of their challenge. It is clear to us, but it must also be clear to the client that our innovations lead to process optimisation. The most important thing remains that a challenge for the client is also a challenge for us and that we make valuable proposals for a process oriented market that is constantly evolving."
What are the needs of Spanish and Portuguese end users of your products?
"The most important wish of our clients is to get a reliable product, at an efficient price in relation to what the market is prepared to pay. This is why we do our utmost to deliver a sound product. For Codols it is essential to gain and keep the confidence of a company that we want to work with.
From the design phase we are one hundred percent focussed on being able to supply the client with exactly the right custom work. Our ultimate aim is to contribute to the client’s success. We do this by improving their process by increasing their efficiency, sustainability and reliability."
What are the dos and don'ts in business transactions in Spain?
"In Spain personal attention where warm contact with the relation is constantly maintained is highly valued. As a company you must always be ready to give advice. By knowing the client well, we know what his needs are and what intrinsic properties each project has. As a result we can help our clients take the right decision.
The solution we provide must meet the short term needs and the investment that the client makes must quickly pay for itself. Also the medium term needs must be met, although these are often unpredictable."
What in your view is the main difference between the Spanish and Dutch markets?
"The Spanish market is still very closed, certainly if you compare it with countries like the Netherlands, which are much more open. However, I do notice that generally more cooperation with other companies is looked for. More and more joint ventures are being entered into. The success of this cooperation and the growing opportunities for this contribute to this increase."
What advantages and disadvantages do you experience in cooperating with Dutch companies?
"We very much appreciate the added value of cooperation with companies from different countries. The synergy created by having a good team in the Netherlands cooperate with a good team in Spain can considerably improve the end result. In the Netherlands we work with Van Beek and Lindor (a company with years of specialisation in mixing machines) and in both cases we are very satisfied with the results."
How do you like working with Van Beek?
After over two years, I can say that entering into this commitment it was a very good decision. We are very proud of this cooperation. For example with the Dino bulk loader we can serve clients in all sorts of different sectors because the Dino can load a wide range of bulk materials.
Thanks to this type of reliable technology and the good cooperation between Van Beek and Codols we have already completed various projects to the benefit of everyone. We hope that we can continue to bring this technology to Spanish companies for many years!"
What advice do you have for Dutch companies who want to do business in Spain?
"Although the Spanish economic situation is only slowly improving, it is certainly advisable to get in now. Our economy has not yet fully recovered, but as can already be seen in the medium and long term there will be everything to gain."
About Codols Technology S.L.
Codols is was set up in 2009. The company from Barcelona supplies technological solutions for handling and processing solid granular and powdered products. The company supplies special equipment and systems for transporting, dosing, weighing, unloading, filling, mixing, grinding, drying or cutting these products.
Codols wants to meet the needs of its clients with the best technological solutions. Innovation, sustainability and profitability are the starting points for this. The employees have extensive experience in the process industry and in the development and integration of systems for handling granular and powdered products.
The company delivers its products to the chemical, pharmaceutical, minerals, plastics and food industries. Codols represents various international companies including Dino from Van Beek, Lindor, Matcon, Ingetecsa, Kason, Pallmann, Italvacuum, Advanced Cyclone Systems, Scholz, Micromacinazione, Extract Technology, Schrage, IIT and ICF-Welko Laborsave.
The new Van Beek website is clear, concise and application-oriented so visitors to the website can quickly find what they are looking for. Rene van Manen of Storm Solutions design agency played an important part in the process to develop the new site and gives tips for setting up a successful site.
Tip 1: Don’t put everything on your website
“Companies often tend to put everything they have to say about their products on their website”, says Van Manen. “Because of this urge you often get a huge amount of information on a website with numerous drop down menus. But this means the overview is quickly lost.”
“It is very difficult to answer all the questions that a customer may have about the products on a website and still keep it clear.”
Tip 2: Do not leave website visitor to their fate in a maze
The solution is literally simple. The website only has to give a summary of what is possible for a company. Then if there are any questions, a phone call is enough to get these answered. “A company like Van Beek wants to help its customers personally. Whether this is to give an explanation of a product or for help with after sales”, explains Van Manen. “A company that delivers customised work does not want to leave customers to their fate on a website that feels like a maze. “
Tip 3: People do business with people, express that
“In some companies you see an enormous involvement of the employees. In that case I think it is important also to show these employees because they make the company what it is”, explains Van Manen. “They are not there for the money, but because they want to do a good job and have a passion for their profession. On a website for a company with such involved staff do not just show products, but also employees while they are at work.”
Tip 4: Think solution- and application-oriented
Keep a website brief, clear and application-oriented. “Visitors to a site do not go there with the thought: ‘I need product A or B’, but with the thought: ‘How can I find a solution for my challenge?” says Van Manen.
“Too often websites force visitors to click on a number of products while they do not want to see products, but solutions. Start from the solution and then show the product.”
Are you curious how this approach has worked out in redesigning the site of Van Beek? Experience the website yourself on www.van-beek.nl.
From salesman to communications all-rounder
After training in advertising Van Manen worked as a sales assistant and label manager. After becoming the owner of two fashion companies he went to work with Suitsupply, where he worked as regional manager and sales director. Finally he became responsible for foreign expansion.
In the evenings Van Manen studied business administration at the HES in Amsterdam. In 2009 he brought his experience talent together in Storm Solutions. The company is a one stop shop in the field of communication, photography, film productions, graphic design, concept development, project support and management solutions.
In the new ammonium sulfate plant that DSM is building in Geleen (the Netherlands) there will be as many as 17 Van Beek screw conveyor systems. These conveyor systems play an important part in the production of ammonium sulfate. This is a substance that is mainly used as artificial fertilizer, but can also be used as a raw material for medicines and foodstuffs.
The building of the much more energy-efficient new plant started back in 2012 under the project name ‘Next Generation Sulfa’. Ammonium sulfate in solution is a by-product of DSM’s caprolactam plant (caprolactam is a raw material for nylon 6). The ammonium sulfate plant was due for replacement after over 40 years’ service. The caprolactam plant produces a constant stream of ammonium sulfate solution, so by building the new plant directly alongside the caprolactam plant, the constant stream of ammonium sulfate can be processed immediately.
The ammonium sulfate treatment process
The feedstock for the new plant is pumped to a crystallizer, where the mixture is evaporated. This causes supersaturation, with the result that ammonium sulfate crystals are produced (solid ammonium sulfate). These crystals grow in size until granules of solid ammonium sulfate are produced. Then a centrifuge separates the liquid and crystals from one another and the product is dried, screened and stored.
But where in the process are the 17 Van Beek screw conveyor systems located? Twelve of the seventeen screw systems (trough conveyors) form part of the transport route for the still wet crystals from the various crystallization units to the dryer. The other five screw systems form part of the transport route for the dry product to storage and transfer.
Not the blacksmith round the corner
Even during our first contact with Van Beek and our visit to the company, Peter Steegs, Engineering Manager at DSM Fibre Intermediates, was immediately struck by a number of positive things: “Technically Van Beek meets the requirements; among other things SS and CS are kept well separated in the shop and there was no problem in meeting the implementation of the client’s ‘hygienic design requirements’. Due to the way in which the organization is set up – clear structures and communication lines and with a sound documentation system – Van Beek seems to have things under control. In view of the size of the order and the importance for DSM of prompt delivery, we decided not to give the order to the blacksmith round the corner but to a mature company that supplies good quality equipment and has often worked with this type of orders and requirements from its principals.”
Joram van der Heijden, Sales Engineer at Van Beek and intensively involved in the ‘Next Generation Sulfa’ project, is very satisfied with the cooperation with principal Tebodin and end client DSM Geleen. “Tebodin was our client and managed this part of the project as regards engineering and purchasing for DSM. I found both parties to be experienced professionals, demanding companies, which in my opinion are a perfect fit within our definition of `the Van Beek client’.”
Peter Steegs adds: “We also found the cooperation a pleasant experience because with Van Beek we were sitting at the table with the right people; partners who helped us think and could solve problems and not just salesmen with no substantive knowledge. Their structured way of working really struck me, because a project of this size requires a structured approach.”
DSM’s Next Generation Sulfa project requires a huge quantity of documents such as manuals, construction books and certificates. Van Beek manages its information and documentation flows in a CRM system it has developed itself and which is therefore unique. As a result information is quick and easy to retrieve, for both Van Beek staff and the client itself, not only during the production process, but also after delivery and during servicing operations in the future.
Management, operation and use
If ammonium sulfate comes into contact with moisture it becomes aggressively corrosive. This is why in the new plant all the installations, piping and the screw conveyor systems were made of SS316L. The screw conveyor systems are of the trough conveyor type and convey the ammonium sulfate horizontally or at a slightly inclined angle. The dimensions of the screw range in diameter from 300 mm to 500 mm inclusive and in length from 3 metres to 12 metres inclusive. The longer systems are made with special intermediate bearings (made of SS316L) and special gaskets and inspection hatches. Four of the seventeen screw conveyor systems are used for raw material production for the foodstuffs industry. Here the screw conveyors have a ground finish. In addition application-specific options are incorporated, such as level detection, moisture measurement and the fitting of sampling points, CIP piping and spray nozzles. Van Beek makes high demands of itself as regards the technical documentation for maintenance and use. For each screw conveyor among other things drawings, manuals, spare parts lists, motor data, tag numbers and certificates are supplied.
“Finally I can say that Van Beek screw conveyors fit within the state-of-the-art plant that DSM is building”, concludes Peter Steegs, DSM Fibre Intermediates. “We will certainly recommend Van Beek within DSM for any future projects.”
Goods can now be screened at the last moment before transfer
Two new versions of the Dino® bulk truck loader now make it easier to load taller (square) storage silos such as railway wagons and containers. These XL and XXL Dinos from Van Beek were initially developed at the request of two customers. They do however seem to be the solution that so many customers were looking for that the Dinos have been added to the standard range.
The XL and XXL Dinos are an extended version of the Dino that Van Beek has been producing for some time already. The standard Dino has a delivery height of 4.2 metres, but the XL can reach up to 5 metres and the XXL even to 6 metres. It is now also possible to screen a product after passing the outlet side. Because of the extra height obtained there is in fact also room to fit a vibrating screen or rotary screen.
Filling tall square silos an interesting challenge
The new Dinos were developed to meet two customer requests. A site of Katoen Natie in the US needed a mobile loader of this type to load plastic granule pellets into railway wagons. The cube shape of the wagons meant that the frame of the inclined feed screw of the normal Dino would collide with the upper edges of the wagon. For this reason a higher outlet of the Dino was needed. The parent company, Katoen Natie in Antwerp, has had good contact with Van Beek for many years and asked if they could come up with a solution.
This was an interesting job for Van Beek. “Dinos were already used for loading for example square containers, but never in this specific application, which requires a greater delivery height”, explains Roel Kneepkens, Sales Engineer at Van Beek. The XL Dino ensures that the wagons can now be loaded without problems. This Dino is also suitable for loading other taller tanks or silos.
The different power grid in the US was not a challenge for Van Beek. The company has already supplied hundreds of Dinos worldwide and so knows what they are doing when it comes to making adjustments for a different power grid. The XL Dino is supplied with a gear motor that is suitable for the American power grid (575V 60Hz).
As for the XXL Dino, the extra height is achieved by extending the screw. The frame with the wheels on which the construction stands can as a result remain low on the ground, so these Dinos are just as accessible, easy to clean and easy to maintain as their smaller brothers.
High, higher, highest
The XXL Dino was developed for Nuttens Services in France, a service provider in the area of packaging, processing and transporting food in powder form. Nuttens wanted a screen with several screen layers, a vibrating screen, to use on the outlet side. By suspending a screen under the Dino the ultimate discharge point is lowered. To keep the discharge point at the same height, the Dino therefore had to be raised.
“By fitting this screen as late as possible in the loading process you know for sure that no foreign bodies can get into the bulk wagon”, explains Kneepkens. The XXL Dino is used to load gluten and the screen must remove any impurities that do not belong there. “This may be anything from nails and pieces of wood to cigarettes.”
Because the Dino would fall over due to the weight of the screen, a separate bridge-shaped platform has been developed for the screen that is connected to the Dino. The whole assembly is still mobile and the operator can also stand on this platform to check the top of the bulk wagon and open manholes.
Big loading capacity and easy to clean
Both machines have a loading capacity of 40 m³ per hour and are made from SS304. If required the seals and sealing rings can be FDA approved. The Dinos then meet the requirements of the food industry. A cover on the top of the screw makes inspection and cleaning of the inside very easy. Extension rims enable a big bag to be placed on it directly so that the fork life truck driver can immediately go off to fetch a new big bag.
Warm welcome for new Dinos
Van Beek expects the new members of the Dino family to get a warm welcome. “Anyone who wants a screen on the outlet side is best to use an XL or XXL”, says Kneepkens. “That also applies for users who are not loading round bulk wagons but containers or railway wagons. They are nice reliable machines for transferring loads from big bag, bagged goods or shovel (bulk) to bulk wagons or containers.”
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