Kamengo Labs was established in the early 1980s to investigate the root causes of uneven feed and bin plugging, as well as to further the development of scientifically-grounded methods for designing storage bins and feeders. The Kamengo research program established a legacy of test equipment, test procedures and new ways of approaching the design of storage and feed equipment for difficult flowing fibrous and cohesive bulk materials. Today, Kamengo Labs offers testing and consulting services to clients seeking specialized advice on designing for difficult flowing bulk materials. 

Our Commitment

Provide reasonable
actionable advice
 

When correctly translated, material flow properties identify the minimum geometric parameters required to achieve reliable material discharge from a storage bin. In interpreting material flow properties, it is important to not be overly conservative such that the identified minimum bin and feeder parameters are physically and financially unreasonable to act upon. Kamengo Labs believes that recommendations on bin and feeder geometry need to be reasonable, and that uncertainty is best mitigated through pilot scale testing as well as drawing lessons learned from equipment successfully handling materials with similar flow properties, under similar conditions.

Provide direct answers
in plain English
 

The theory and math required to translate material flow properties into bin geometries is complex. Further, the language and notation traditionally used to describe material flow properties and minimum bin parameters can be confusing and frustrating to navigate. Kamengo Labs believes that for its recommendations to be acted upon with confidence, they need to provide clear and direct answers on what the minimum bin and feeder geometry should be for the proposed application.

We want you to understand the theory and physics behind our recommendations

Good bin and feeder design for difficult flowing materials requires specialized knowledge, including:

 

a) material discharge flow patterns

b) bin shapes

c) the fundamental root causes of uneven discharge and bin plugging

d) the theory linking flow properties to bin and feeder geometry

 

Kamengo Labs believes that it is its role to ensure clients have a complete base of knowledge from which to understand its recommendations and make good decisions.

Kamengo Labs was established in the early 1980s to investigate the root causes of uneven feed and bin plugging, as well as to further the development of scientifically-grounded methods for designing storage bins and feeders. The Kamengo research program established a legacy of test equipment, test procedures and new ways of approaching the design of storage and feed equipment for difficult flowing fibrous and cohesive bulk materials. Today, Kamengo Labs offers testing and consulting services to clients seeking specialized advice on designing for difficult flowing bulk materials. 

Our Commitment

Provide reasonable
actionable advice
 

When correctly translated, material flow properties identify the minimum geometric parameters required to achieve reliable material discharge from a storage bin. In interpreting material flow properties, it is important to not be overly conservative such that the identified minimum bin and feeder parameters are physically and financially unreasonable to act upon. Kamengo Labs believes that recommendations on bin and feeder geometry need to be reasonable, and that uncertainty is best mitigated through pilot scale testing as well as drawing lessons learned from equipment successfully handling materials with similar flow properties, under similar conditions.

Provide direct answers
in plain English
 

The theory and math required to translate material flow properties into bin geometries is complex. Further, the language and notation traditionally used to describe material flow properties and minimum bin parameters can be confusing and frustrating to navigate. Kamengo Labs believes that for its recommendations to be acted upon with confidence, they need to provide clear and direct answers on what the minimum bin and feeder geometry should be for the proposed application.

We want you to understand the theory and physics behind our recommendations

Good bin and feeder design for difficult flowing materials requires specialized knowledge, including:

 

a) material discharge flow patterns

b) bin shapes

c) the fundamental root causes of uneven discharge and bin plugging

d) the theory linking flow properties to bin and feeder geometry

 

Kamengo Labs believes that it is its role to ensure clients have a complete base of knowledge from which to understand its recommendations and make good decisions.

Lab Resources

Flow testing equipment 

In addition to possessing a 3” diameter Jenike shear tester, Kamengo Labs has a 10” diameter Portishead shear tester capable of characterizing the flow properties of larger particle materials. Kamengo has also developed a proprietary tester for performing quick-and-dirty tests to compare a material’s shear strength with the shear strength of other known bulk materials. 

Library of Material Flow Properties 

Over the past 35 years, Kamengo Labs has tested the flow properties of a variety of difficult flowing bulk materials. Our rich library of test results enables Kamengo Labs to compare the flow properties of your material with the flow properties of other materials, including materials with similar flow properties 

that are being successfully handled by equipment operating under similar conditions as your application. 

Pilot Test Equipment 

Fifteen years of hands-on research has instilled in Kamengo Labs an understanding of the value of proving theoretical bin and feeder geometries at-scale. Kamengo Labs possess pilot scale bins and feeders that it uses to prove design concepts and provide peace of mind to clients. 

 

Download Brochure 

To learn more about Kamengo Labs and the basics of material flow testing and material flow properties, please download our brochure.