A slow speed agitator blade bolts to the fillers slow speed spindle assembly. The agitator blade is designed to best facilitate product flow into the pump rotor towards the center of the hopper where the auger is located. The blade rotates in the opposite direction as the auger and is cut to size depending on the size of the auger so that no product inside the hopper is stagnant. Flaky products such as oregano, which have a lighter density, may require the use of a flake blade rather than a traditional slow speed blade. Flake blades rotate within the inner dimensions of the hopper allowing the product to fall inward towards the auger flights. The most common reason for using the flake blade is because the standard slow speed blade often turns the mass of the product, meaning the blade cannot cut through the product so it all turns together.

Agitation Blades

STANDARD AGITATOR BLADE

A standard agitator blade is useful for most powders and granules. The agitator blade is attached to the spindle of the auger filler and it allows the agitator blade to turn in the direction opposite (clockwise) of the auger (counterclockwise) in most cases. The function of the standard agitator blade is not to mix the product but rather to facilitate product flow to the auger ensuring that it does not starve to deliver great results volumetrically or by weight. The standard agitator blade has a short upper ear, and it is beveled on the leading edge as it rotates around the perimeter of the cylindrical hopper. The blade is cut specifically for each auger and the blade can be very crucial to the success of filling some products.

Agitation Blades

FLAKE BLADE

The flake blade is a variation of the standard agitator blade and most useful when attempting to agitation products that are light in density and typically leafy. The flake blade is designed to facilitate product flow to the auger by cutting through the center of the hopper. The use of a standard agitator blade on light density and leafy products will cause “the mass to turn.” The standard agitator blade will cause all of the product in the hopper to move at once and not promoting any product flow to the flights of the auger. The flake blade does not travel along the perimeter of the cylindrical hopper, it parallels the auger shaft and spins in clockwise direction (same as the standard blade) just outside of the auger.

Agitation Blades

D BLADE

The function of the D-Blade is to push very difficult non-free flowing products downward towards the flights of the auger. The D-Blade is typically used in conjunction with the standard agitator blade for products that contain a lot of oil and/or fat. The D-Blade can be run upside down or right-side up depending on the application. It is a secondary method to promoting product flow to the auger complimenting the standard agitator blade. The D-blade attaches to the auger ahaft thus spinning in the same direction as the auger and opposite of the standard agitation blade. The D-blade slides onto the auger shaft and is locked into place using a bolt against the auger shaft. The distinguishing feature of the D-Blade is a series of two small or large “wings” that extend from the central collar.

Agitation Blades

A3 BLADE

Similar to the D-Blade, the A-3 Agitator blade is secondary method for promoting product flow to the auger. Rarely used, but very important for the right auger filling application, the A-3 clamps to the auger shaft in the same way that the D-blade does. The primary difference between the A-3 Blade and the D-Blade is the “wire” or “hook” that extends from the central collar rather than the D-Blades unique wings.

Agitation Blades

HIGH SPEED AGITATION "A" BLADE

The high speed agitation “A” blade is used to cut through the mass of product and aids in feeding the auger.

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