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Bulk Bag Discharger Weigh Batching

June 7, 2016

Bulk Bag Discharger Weigh Batching A weigh batching bulk bag discharger system can improve batching efficiency and reduce ingredient and handling costs. A loss-in-weight bulk bag batching system includes a bulk bag discharger whose outlet is directly coupled to a feed control device such as a flexible screw conveyor. The feed device is typically supported by the bulk bag discharger support structure. A microprocessor based batch weigh controller is also included in any system. The following information is required to design a bulk bag unloader batching system: Batch size (min. and max.) Time to dispense batch (min. and max.) Tamped and untamped ingredient bulk density There [...]

Bulk Bag Filling Saves Money

March 20, 2016

Bulk Bag Filling  can save your company money, if you are doing it right. Application: Bulk Bag Filling Overview:  A plant ships a powder product in bulk bags.  The bulk bag filling operation was under review due to a number of problems including unstable filled bulk bags, weighing inaccuracy, and low throughput. Situation:  Spiroflow analyzed the plant’s filling process focusing on bulk bag design, storage and shipping, filling equipment, and the financial impact of the bulk bag filling operation. Ingredient:  At 55 lb./ft.3 the product sells for $0.50/lb. Bulk Bag:  The bulk bags hold 2,200 lbs. of product with an area of 40 ft³. [...]

Bulk Material Handling Solutions at Foodex

March 10, 2016

Award-winning Spiroflow will showcase its latest state-of-the-art bulk material handling and process conveying solutions for moving food ingredients during the Foodex Show at the NEC in Birmingham (April 18-20). Transferring food powders, flakes and granules from one area to another for processing, packaging and distribution requires a system that is fast, easy to route, has few moving parts, leaves minimal residue and provides dust-tight operation – all essential when dealing with potentially combustible material.  As well as providing a comprehensive range of equipment and testing facilities, an outstanding level of customer service is part and parcel of Spiroflow’s ATEX approved conveying and […]

Bulk Bag Handling Transportation and Storage

March 7, 2016

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Spiroflow, a worldwide leader in bulk bag handling, offers solutions from conveying to bulk bag filling and bulk bag unloading systems to end of line robotic palletizing. The easiest method of transporting bulk bags is on pallets (or skid sheets) using a forklift or pallet truck. Considerations When Using Pallets The ideal size of the pallet is large enough so that the rounded section of the bulk bag does not overlap the edges of the pallet.  When the two palletized bulk bags are placed side by side the bags must not touch.  This will minimize the risk of damage to the bag [...]

Bulk Bag Unloader Showcased at PTXi Texas

October 8, 2015

Spiroflow Systems will exhibit a bulk bag unloader, aero mechanical conveyor and bin activator at the PTXi Texas Show in Houston, TX on October 13-14, 2015.  Visitors can visit the company in booth #113 with their regional representatives, Approtec Ran Le. Spiroflow will exhibit the T5 ‘low loading’ bulk bag unloader that is designed to empty bulk bags in process areas with restricted headroom.  The T5 bulk bag unloader is coupled directly to a flexible screw or other suitable conveyor which meters ingredients from the bag either volumetrically or by weight.  Ingredients can then be fed directly to mixing or other […]

Bulk Material Handling Supplier Wins Prestigious Awards

August 18, 2015

Leading bulk material handling supplier, Spiroflow Ltd, has won two ‘Company of the Year’ awards, adding the UK based Food Processing magazine accolade in June to the prestigious UK SHAPA (Solids Handling and Processing Association) Company of the Year Award presented in April. Spiroflow Ltd, which services customers in the UK and Europe, edged out strong competition for the SHAPA title which is given to the UK organization that has achieved the most by promoting best practices, setting aspirational industry standards and increasing sales.  Just weeks later the influential UK based Food Processing magazine, awarded Spiroflow Ltd their 2014 Company of the […]

Convey Fragile Materials

July 15, 2015

Drag Conveyor Gently Conveys Fragile Materials
Do you need to convey fragile materials?  You can successfully convey your material with minimal material breakage with careful selection of the conveyor. There are several conveyors available in today’s market place that allow for gentle conveying of fragile materials.   In order to select the most appropriate conveyor, the following material characteristics and equipment related application requirements must be determined: What are the characteristics of your material?  Bulk density Volume or units to be conveyed Drop testing data Angle of repose Angle of slide Particle distribution analysis Particle shape Moisture content Sensitivity to temperature and humidity Temperature of operating environment What are your [...]

Causes of Bulk Bag Dusting

June 3, 2015

Companies around the world transport and handle large volumes of materials in bulk bags but unloading bulk bags can be a dusty mess if not managed properly.  Let's examine what causes dust emissions. Bulk Bag Design:  Unless a bulk bag has been specifically designed to contain the fines present in a given product, particles can sift through the bag fabric.  This looks like smoke escaping from the bag as it is being handled and emptied.  Depending on the amount of fines present in the product, the particle size and its shape, coated fabric may be all that is required to [...]

Spiroflow Systems Hosts Advanced Training Program

June 3, 2015

Spiroflow Systems hosted an advanced training program for Field Representatives this week.  More than 50 people from across North and South America joined us at our headquarters in Monroe, NC.  The program included detailed technical training on our complete line of mechanical conveying, bulk bag filling, bulk bag unloading, automatic bagging, robotic palletizing and automation solutions. Spiroflow Systems' advanced training program for Field Sales Representatives included a tour of our new test lab to see our bulk material handling solutions in action.  Participants saw our CTE & C1-2 Bulk Bag Fillers in operation along with our Flo 60 and T3 [...]

Designing Bulk Bag Unloaders for Maximum Dust Control

May 13, 2015

Control Dust in Your Bulk Bag Discharging Operation
Controlling dusting and product spillage, while safely unloading bulk bags, is an industry wide challenge.  Many times standard, off-the-shelf bulk bag unloaders are utilized in a new process without a thorough understanding of the nature of the product.  This often results in the need for an often expensive retrofit assembly after installation and unnecessary commissioning delays. What should be considered to ensure dust free bulk bag unloading?  Here are the key factors to keep in mind: The Supplier - Specialist suppliers offering bulk bag unloaders for material handling can supply several types of equipment with dust containment options suitable for [...]