Troubleshooting Bulk Bag Conditioners: Identify the Problems

by Steve Simmons

This article will help you with troubleshooting bulk bag conditioners by identifying the problems. Firstly, a bulk bag conditioner is a serious investment and is often a vital addition to the process of bulk bag unloading. Because this is a large financial investment it is vital that problems are fully understood. Then you will know how to avoid these issues and reap the full benefits of a conditioner.

What type of Bulk Bag Conditioner are you using?

When troubleshooting your bulk bag conditioner first you need to know which type of conditioner you are using.

The two types of bulk bag conditioner are manually operated and automated. This is dependent on what best suits the application. At Spiroflow we manufacture three types of Bulk Bag Conditioners: 1. Fixed Mast, Manual Operation 2. Movable Mast, Manual Operation 3. Movable Mast, Automated.

For more information on the difference between a fixed mast and a movable mast bulk bag conditioner click here.

There are also several customizable options which may be affecting your bulk bag conditioner. Do you have any of the following additional items?

  • Manual Turn Table: Rotates the bulk bag on a pallet 360° for 4-side bag conditioning
  • Automatic Turn Table: Automatically moves the bag on the turntable for conditioning of all sides.
  • Scissor Lift: Used with a fixed mast bulk bag conditioner. The manual or automatic operated scissor lift moves the bulk bag up and down.  As a result, this conditions at different levels of the bag.
  • Integration: The bulk bag conditioner integrates within the support framework of a bulk bag unloader or other process equipment

Identify the Problems

What are the issues you are experiencing?

  • The product is not being conditioned efficiently
  • The poles will not condition
  • The mast is not moving correctly
  • The turntable is not rotating 360°
  • The Automatic Turntable is stuck
  • The scissor lift is not lifting the bulk bag
  • The controls for the automated conditioner are not working

If you are experiencing any of these issues speak to your manufacturer or call us to today and we will help to further understand the problem.

Staying Safe While Conditioning Bulk Bags

Firstly, consult your manufacturer on what materials should and shouldn’t be used in a bulk bag conditioner.

Furthermore, staff operating a bulk bag conditioner should be fully trained and wear the correct personal protection equipment such as a high visibility jacket and safety shoes.

Do you have any questions?

I hope you found this article helpful.  You may want to check see a demonstration of our bulk bag conditioners or our video What you should know about Bulk Bag Conditioners.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Our team at Spiroflow will be happy to assist you.

Here at Spiroflow, we’ve been in the bulk material handling industry for more than 45 years. Our team has designed and supplied thousands of installations all over the planet. It’s been our goal since day one to provide quality products and to help educate our customers.