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.

Weighing and feeding equipment

The weighing and feeding of dry bulk solids with good degrees of accuracy and reliability is one of the most challenging aspects of any bulk materials handling system. It often requires great ingenuity - involving delicate measuring devices operating in heaving duty applications and hostile environments. SHAPA members, between them, offer the best solutions available.

Batch and feeding equipment

Belt feeders

Batch feeding systems

Weigh belt feeders

Batch weighing systems

Volumetric belt feeders


Continuous weighers

Industrial weighing systems

Belt weighers



Industrial weighing systems



Load cells


Screw feeders

Gravimetric screw feeders

Load cells

Loss in weight screw feeders

Vibrating feeders

Volumetric screw feeders

Vibrating feeders


Usually, the first decision for any dry bulk solids handling system is whether to meter by volume or by weight.In some instances, the decision is clear cut – materials for re-sale are mostly sold by weight –- some products for horticultural use are an exception.

Not all weighing and metering takes place at the end of a process. There are many instances where ingredients or additives have to be accurately metered during the process - into a mixer, for example. This could be achieved by a series of individual volumetric or gravimetric metering feeders each adding a specific volume or weight of material into a mixing vessel. Alternatively, volumetric feeders or even high accuracy conveyors could deliver the materials into a mixer under the control of a system monitoring the increasing weight of a mixermounted on load cells.

In some processes, feeders are used to accurately and consistently load materials into extrusion machines or to sprinkle toppings across baked products or seasonings over snack foods. Many of these applications require tailored solutions specific to the customers’ needs.

In other instances, such as for sifters and mills, metering accuracy is not critical per se but, the feeding equipment needs to be consistent and reliable and not exceed the capacity of the process. Weighing can also be a monitoring process such as for the flow of material on a weigh-belt system for example. Through a control system, the speed of the belt can be regulated to reflect the capacity of the process that it feeds. Weighbridges are a means of checking what is loaded into trucks either to ensure they are not overloaded or as a means of charging customers for what they have collected.



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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.