In the context of bulk material sampling, a "centralized system" usually refers to a centralized sampling system that is automated and controlled from a central point. This system can monitor and control different locations or points in an operation, improving efficiency and minimizing human error.
A central sampling system could have the following components:
- Sampling devices: These are the actual devices that take the samples from the bulk material. Several sampling devices could be installed at different points in the plant.
- Control system: This is the "heart" of the central sampling system. It monitors operating conditions, controls the sampling equipment and collects data for analysis. It can also trigger alarms when problems arise.
- Communication system: This allows communication between the sampling devices and the control system. It could be wired or wireless.
- Analyzers: In some cases, the central sampling system could also include analyzers that analyze the samples and provide data for process control.
- Sample containers: These containers collect and store the samples until they are analyzed.
The exact configuration of a central sampling system may vary depending on the specific needs of the operation. For example, it could contain additional components such as sorting machines, shredders or sieves to prepare the samples for analysis.