SHAPA are the UK's leading specialist association for the solids handling and processing industry

All our members are established specialists within their fields, and have the experience and commercial standing to provide quality, cost-effective solutions for all aspects of mechanisation for bulk materials handling and storage, conveyors, dust collection and control, instrumentation, mixers, big bag handling, sampling systems, sieves, valves and weighing systems and equipment.


Rupert House
London Road South
SK12 1PQ
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1625 412000
Fax: +44 (0) 1625 412001



MUCON branded products are produced by Process Components Ltd (PCL). PCL manufactures and provides a broad portfolio of products and services ranging from the original and world-renowned MUCON Iris Diaphragm Valve (IDV) through to spare parts and consumables for all manner of food, pharmaceutical and chemical processing equipment.

For over 60 years the MUCON brand has been synonymous with producing high quality, dependable and easy to maintain process valves, discharge aids and level probes. PCL also offers an outstanding level of technical and customer service support to its large and diverse customer base. 

MUCON Valves

The Iris Diaphragm Valve (IDV), provides a simple method of efficiently controlling the flow and isolation of bulk solids. Its extensive range includes the simple Series H bin discharge Iris valve, through to the easy clean hygienic Series K with its injection-moulded diaphragm used in the food and pharmaceutical sectors.
· Mucon also boasts a range of swing Gate Disc Valves. The disc and the face to which it seals are angled to prevent the valve jamming in the closed position. The valve can be operated manually, by pneumatic or electric linear actuators.

· Butterfly Valves are grouped into two categories; ’Hygienic’ and ‘General Purpose’. The Mucon stainless steel Hygienic ranges offer light weight, compact, quick disconnection and easy clean attributes, while our General Purpose Butterfly valves provide a more conventional range, better able to cope with extreme environments and high pressures.
· The Mucon also includes a wide range of Slide Valves. These include bespoke square and rectangular as well as round outlets. Slide Valves and Roller Gate Valves can be manually, electrically or pneumatically actuated.

All valves can be supplied to ATEX

MUCON Discharge Aids
Flow promotion products complete the Mucon range. They include,
Ø The Promoflow Discharge Aid
Ø Turbine Vibrators
· The Promoflow Discharge Aids provide a retro-fit solution to bin or silo discharge problems. The Promoflow is virtually silent in operation and "only shakes the contents, not the bin". It even comes in a Mini range for very small hoppers and cones.
· Turbine vibrators, when installed correctly, provide a tried and tested method for improved powder flow by vibrating the hopper.

Contact us for more information.
Tel: +44 (0) 1625 412000 or visit our website

Technical Expertise

The success of PCL – MUCON can be attributed to

· It’s large, reliable and easy to operate and install product ranges.
· Its in-house engineering capability is able to provide customers with outstanding be-spoke designed solutions.
· Its experienced sales and engineering personnel work very closely with customers in a consultative manner. This allows the PCL and MUCON sales teams to fully understand their customers applications their processes, problems and needs and so be able to offer their customers the most cost effective and efficient solutions.

Industries served include,

· Food Processing
· Cement
· Glass and Ceramics
· Pharmaceutical Processing
· Plastics / Polymer
· Rubber
· Mining / Minerals
· Chemical Processing

Process Components is proud of its long history in supplying products and application expertise to its growing number of customers involved in powder and dry bulk solids handling around the world.

Process Equipment Spare Parts

PCL offers spare parts and machine maintenance services encompassing everything you will need to efficiently operate,

· Centrifugal Sifters
· Universal / Hammer Mills,
· Air Classifier Mills,
· Cone Mills,
· Kibblers / Nibblers,
· Ribbon Mixers, Plough Shear Mixers,
· Blenders and associated basic control equipment.

Our available spare parts resource for these machine types is extremely extensive; contact us for more information. Tel: +44 (0) 1625 412000 Email:

Sifter Screens

Mesh screens and wedge wire baskets used in the food, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors are available in;
· Nylon
· Polyester
· Anti-static nylon
· Woven wire screens in carbon or stainless steel.
PCL can offer aperture sizes from 10µm up to 5,000µm, in all manner of shapes and sizes to suit all the top sifter brands.
Sieving requirements are becoming ever more stringent, with ever-reducing mesh sizes being specified by end users; so it is vital that we are able to assist our customers by not only manufacturing their screens, but also helping them to predict the effect any change is likely to have on their sieving throughput rates.
Many customers have begun to move away from traditional mesh screens, migrating to wedge wire technology. The very robust welded mesh, manufactured from fine wedge-shaped strands, has a greatly increased life expectancy; and should it fail, the ferritic stainless-steel construction makes it attractive to magnets.

Milling Consumables

PCL can help specify and provide all manner of grinding media. Whether ‘Pin and Disc’ configuration or a ‘Turbine and Screen’ solution, we can provide parts and technical process support.
Our experience with Air Classifier Mills allows us to provide consumable parts to the original manufacturer's specifications, including Classifiers, Pins, Bar Hammers, Discs, Liners, Bearing Assemblies and much more. We also offer cones for Cone Mills and screens for Kibblers. All products and services are backed by our extensive technical know-how.

Machine Service and Repair of Mill and Sifter Bearing Assemblies

For the many varieties of bearing assemblies fitted to mills and larger sifters, we offer a
· Strip and inspect service
· A full refurbishment service,
· As well as supplying new products.

We are able to service and repair all machines on a contractual or ad hoc basis. Maintenance and breakdown repairs can be carried out anywhere in the UK and further afield.




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2019 Solids Handling Industry Awards are now open for nominations

Solids Handling Awards 2019

The Solids Handling & Processing Association (SHAPA) are delighted to announce that the annual Solids Handling Awards to promote success and achievement across our collective industries, that are open to all companies registered in UK, whether SHAPA members or not, who are directly involved in the solids handling and processing industry...

2019 Solids Handling Industry Awards open on the 1st December 2018

The 2019 Solids handling Industry awards are oepn form the 1st December 2018, the Catagories are Innovation, Export, Newcomer and Company of the Year. This year the Awards Ceremony will be held at the Royal Armories in leeds on the 8th May 2019. Don't miss out on these prestigious awards download the application form today.Tthe closing date for entries is the 28th Feburary 2019. 


As this year’s exhibition season is now ending it is very heartening to see that despite competition from other media, internet and so on, the physical exhibition remains an important marketing tool. Three of the exhibitions held this autumn, Recycled Waste Management (RWM), PPMA and BULKEX18 for Bulk Handling equipment providers and processors demonstrated the wide reach of our remit, from raw material production, via processing and manufacture, packaging and distribution through to final recycling and waste disposal...

Digital Marketing Workshop 2019

The date for the next Digital Marketing workshop has been announced as the 26th March 2019 at the East Midlands Hilton Hotel more details to follow.

Shapa General Meeting 24th October George Hotel Lichfield

Introduction to Bulk Handling Workshop

Shapa is running a new Introduction to Bulk Handling Workshop to be held at Nestle in york on the 4th December 2018. This workshop is specifically designed to take some of the mystique out of solids and bulk handling...The course which
is aimed at those who have just joined the bulk handling community and those who already work in the bulk handling industry in sales, marketing, accounts and operations etc. who feel that they need a deeper understanding of how
their products and services fit into the wider environment....

Better by Design

It is well known that an elegant design that works reliably is devoid of baulking obstructions and ambiguities and is simple to understand and operate. It is, of necessity, the result of ingenuity, experience, good applied science and engineering....

Safe to Breathe

For more than a century there have been efforts to improve air quality in the working environment, both in enclosed factories and other industrial areas. Even with scant knowledge of respiratory diseases it had been clear that people were more productive in a cleaner and better environment....


SHAPA announces the award catagories for 2019

The catagories for the 2019 Solids Handling Industry Awards have been Finalised, these are, Innovation, Export, Newcomer and Company of the Year. The presentation of the awards will be on the 30th April 2019. A venue will be announced shortly 


Hoppers, Silos and Storage Solutions

It used to be that all you needed to store your materials was a large area where your product could be piled high on top of its self out in the open air. As time has moved forward the need for more sophisticated storage solutions are required in order to safely store the ever-increasing range of bulk solid materials with their differing properties .....

SHAPA July General Meeting

The next SHAPA General meeting is on the 4th July at the George Hotel Lichfield download the agenda here


And the Winners of the 2018 Solids Handling Awards are:

Shapa's Arkwright Student posts her latest Blog

What an incredible experience competing at the National Finals of the F1 in Schools competition. Throughout 2 days of intense competition and jam packed action, Ginetta Racing Edu earnt the ‘Team Sponsorship and Marketing’ award, as well as being nominated for the ‘Pit Display’ and ‘Innovation’ awards, and having the second fastest car! Read the full article here

Promoting Success

Since time immemorial progress has been driven by innovation and invention and the desire to continually improve and better ones self. The desire to learn, improve and push at boundaries is an integral part of our nature. Whilst innovation in solids handling and processing seldom hits the headlines, it nonetheless drives the machinery of progress across an enormous range of industries.....


Shapa Announces the 2018 Solids Handling Shortlisted finalists

2018 has been an excellent year for the Solids Handling industry with many successes in all areas of Solids Handling, these successes have produced a strong shortlist for each of the award categories. this year the sortlisted entrys are ....

10th Anniversary Digital Marketing Workshop

Details of the 10th annual digital marketing workshop have been released, download the flyer for the event here and a booking form to make sure you do not miss out on this vital workshop which will give you the tools to improve your digital marketing profile

Health of the Nation

The need for solid health and safety systems procedures and practices is more important than ever as we move out of the European and customs union into World Trade Organisation rules for the global market read more here....

Only three weeks left to enter the 2018 Solids Handling industry awards - dont miss out

Learning to succeed

Many companies are founded on the back of an innovative idea by forward thinking people skilled in design, engineering, project management, marketing or other discipline. Whilst still small, the skills required to operate all aspects may possibly be gained by the founder. In former, less complicated times this may have been true as the firm expanded, but the pace of change of technology, standards and legislation as well as in marketing and particularly in financial accounting necessitates constant learning and improvement. The huge range of applications and processes served by our industry just adds to this challenge.....

Shapa's Arkwright Student posts her second Blog

Reaching the end of a very busy Christmas term, we have lots to look back on, such as assisting backstage with the school play and Christmas concert, as well as designing and manufacturing the F1 in Schools Car....

SHAPA January Meeting

The next General meeting will be held on the 24th January at the George Hotel in Lichfield starting at 10:00
Find out about OEE and GDPR, along with all the usual networking oppertunities.
for more details email Ian at and download the agenda

Applications are invited for the 2018 Solids Handling Industry awards

Shapa has launched the 2018 Solids Handling Industry awards, these awards are now open to all UK registered member and non member companies and institutions operating in the Solids Handling and Processing Industry. Application forms will be  available direct from the website from 01/12/2017 and winners will be announced and presented at the awards ceremony in the evening of 17th April 2018 more information is available in the link

2018 Solids Handling Industry Awards

Details of the award catagories and award launch date have been announced, for further information follow the link

Solids Dortmund 2018

Details have been released regarding the international Solids Handling show to be held in Dortmund on the 7th and 8th November 2018, for more information please follow the  link

CHoPS 2018

**Abstracts deadline extended to 22-12-17 ** for more information follow the link

Financial Awarness Training

This course has been especially designed for Shapa members and will include content specifically related to our industry

Who should attend ?
Anyone involved in driving their business forward e.g Managing Directors, Directors/Managers & Account Managers etc , whatever their level of financial knowledge. The workshop is designed to enable everyone to take away practical tips and strategic insight suitable to their skills and experience, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced. So join us for and inspiring and enjoyable day out.

Download the detailed information and a booking form,today

If you can return these back to  as soon as possible so I can make the necessary arrangements and  if you feel that this course would help with someone in your close supply chain please feel free to include them.