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October 28, 2008

Manual Bag Dump Stations
These manual bag dump stations provide complete, compact work areas for breaking and dumping bags of material into conveying systems. Each station is equipped with a cartridge filter dust collector, exhaust fan, and collecting hopper to prevent product waste. The airborne fines produced by emptying bags of material into the unit are drawn away from the work area and captured by the cartridge. When the cartridge is reverse-pulse cleaned, the collected fines are released into the hopper and conveyed to the process, ensuring that all material is recovered and utilized. Standard features include heavy-duty steel construction, high-efficiency filter media, and manually operated cartridge cleaning. Optional features include hopper aeration and stainless-steel construction.
Nol-Tec Systems Inc., Lino Lakes, MN 651-780-8600 www.nol-tec.com

Semiautomatic Bag Palletizer
The Model 72SA semiautomatic bag palletizer improves the efficiency and ergonomics of hand-palletizing heavy bagged products. Sturdy and compact, the unit automatically lifts, positions, and loads bagged product from a low-level orientation table onto an awaiting pallet. Bags are easily oriented on soft-touch ball-bearing rollers by an operator, who slides the properly positioned bags over a low-friction roller transfer table to create complete layers. Once a layer is completed, the operator presses a push-button control to activate the machine. The layer is automatically lifted and deposited on the previous pallet layer, and the transfer table returns to its original position for the next load.
A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp., Tarpon Springs, FL 800-237-5975 www.abcpackaging.com

High-Speed Bag Palletizing
Robotic palletizers offer customers high-speed palletizing at 25 bags/min with the ability to handle open-mouth, valve, and poly bags with zero change time and few adjustments. The units have few moving parts, reducing overall machine wear. Their simple design, high speed, and low maintenance assure increased uptime. They are energy-efficient and feature a touch screen interface for user-friendly pattern programming.
Columbia/Okura LLC, Vancouver, WA 360-735-1952 www.columbiaokura.com

Bulk Bag Discharger for Low-Headroom Applications
This low-headroom (145 in. overall height) Material Master bulk bag discharging system was custom-designed for Class I, Div. II service. It features a 316 stainless-steel Seal-Master bag-spout access chamber, 316 stainless-steel product contact surfaces, and a heavy-duty Flo-Master massaging system to ensure positive material flow. A low-headroom electric hoist with motorized trolley allows bulk bags to be safely loaded into the unit without using a forklift.
Material Transfer & Storage Inc., Allegan, MI 800-836-7068 www.materialtransfer.com

Bulk Bag Unloader
The Big Bag unloader combines the efficiency and reliability of the mechanical discharger, accurate feeding, and complete bulk bag discharge. Each unit incorporates an arch breaker spindle mounted with flexible blades that extract the bulk chemicals and prevent any jamming, bridging, or compaction caused by vibration. Depending on the process, the discharger can be integrated with 1, 2, 3, or 4 independent screw feeders, allowing for accurate conveying to different injection points with only one unloader. The unit is spring loaded on telescopic arms that always tighten the bag, ensuring that none of the product remains on the side of the bag while it is being discharged. The system prevents any leakage and guarantees dust-free operation.
Sodimate Inc., Chicago, IL 312-588-3348 www.sodimate-inc.com

Box/Pallet Replacement
The FreePac is a box and pallet replacement that lowers packaging costs by 29%. The channel-integrated design allows it to be handled efficiently from above or below. The combination of the low weight and better compressibility reduces requirements for warehouse space and receipts of empty packaging by 90%. The completely recyclable unit reduces shipping costs by more effectively filling trucks and overseas containers.
AmeriGlobe LLC, Lafayette, LA 866-264-5623 www.ameriglobe-fibc.com

Bag Heat Sealers
Model HS Series bag heat sealer machines seal heavy-duty polyethylene bags, gusseted or nongusseted, made of various types of bag material. They handle a wide variety of materials including granular and powdery products. Air cooling systems are incorporated with various options including an over-tape unit, a bag-top trimmer, a dust remover, a water cooling system, and an imprinter.
American-Newlong Inc., Indianapolis, IN 317-787-9421 www.american-newlong.com

Combination Bulk Bag and Drum Filler
This combination bulk bag/drum filler features a fill head that pivots down for connecting empty bags at floor level and a swing-arm-mounted chute for filling drums. The unit’s swing-down fill head enables the operator to connect bag spouts and resume filling operations rapidly, eliminating the need to step over roller conveyors, strain to reach overhead connection points, or risk injury associated with operation of conventional bulk bag fillers. The unit can be switched to drum-filling mode in several seconds by positioning the swing-arm-mounted drum-filling chute under the fill-head discharge port. Once the filling cycle has been initiated, the chute will automatically index to each drum and deliver the proper weight of material without further operator interaction.
Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, PA 888-353-9426 www.flexicon.com

Custom Bulk Bag Unloaders
BulkBuster bulk bag unloaders provide the solution for effectively emptying large bulk bags and getting material where it needs to be. Every material has different handling characteristics. Some materials gravity feed easily, but most do not. That’s why all bulk bag unloaders need to be engineered for the specific material to ensure that the process will run smoothly to maximize uptime. Many styles and proven designs are available.
Dynamic Air Inc., St. Paul, MN 651-484-2900 www.dynamicair.com

Variable-Flow-Rate Bulk Bag Unloader
This variable-flow-rate bulk bag unloader provides continuous discharge of material from bulk bags. It can regulate or stop flow in accordance with system requirements. The unit provides controlled and variable flow from bulk bags without the need for a separate feeder or conveyor. Two vibrators mounted on opposite sides of the unloader’s support hopper create movement of material through an integral sealed feed tube. When vibration is stopped, bag discharge and material feed immediately cease without the need for additional valves. The unit can be run volumetrically or be equipped with load cells.
Vibra Screw Inc., Totowa, NJ 973-256-7410 www.vibrascrew.com

Bulk Bag Loader
The Model BBL bulk bag loader features state-of-the-art technology in weighing and loading systems. The simple-to-operate unit fills bulk bags, bulk boxes, and fiber drums. Standard features include pneumatic actuated, pillow-block mounted, pivoting bag support arms; a natural gum-rubber inflatable fill head; a control panel; and a dust-collection outlet port with cartridge. Many options are available.
Metso Minerals Industries Inc., Brunswick, OH 800-827-9237 www.bestvibes.com

Automated Bulk Bag Filling System
This totally automatic bag-filling system allows one person to operate two bag-filling systems and is able to fill up to 40 bags per hour. The material is introduced into the system using the customer’s process or a bulk bag discharging station, at which time the material is packaged into bulk bags using the bag-filling equipment. The system will be designed to fill the bulk bags to the predetermined weight at an accuracy of ±½% per container (or better) with a hang-weigh scale system. This system is as automatic as hanging a bag and walking away, creating an efficient and safe work flow.
NBE Inc., Holland, MI 616-399-2220 www.nbe-inc.com