Innovative Bulk Bagging Solution Extends Bulk Ingredient Storage Life

Bulk Bags

Right now, some industries are struggling to keep up with demand during the COVID-19 outbreak. According to a survey of more than 3,000 consumers by meal planning service eMeals, shoppers weren’t able to find 40% of the grocery items on their shopping list between March 18 and 23, even after visiting an average of two grocery stores. Manufacturers need a way to increase production and packaging capacity because of the impact that consumer habits have had on the supply chain, making bulk bag storage with longer storage life a good option. Nitrogen purging can help manufacturers bag and store ingredients in bulk for more extended periods during unexpected COVID-19 supply chain interruptions and shifts.

What is nitrogen purging?

Spiroflow’s bulk bag filling equipment integrates foil or plastic bag liners, which, following a nitrogen purge and heat-sealing process, can significantly extend stored product life. The innovative solution is particularly attractive to producers of nuts, seeds, coffee beans, dried fruits, or manufacturers in the pharmaceutical or chemical sectors who could benefit from extended product storage.

Spiroflow UK’s Managing Director James Podevyn, explains it like this: “Traditionally when bag filling, the bag would be inflated with air before filling commences. Filling it with nitrogen instead eliminates any oxygen within the bag, and after filling the bag can be left inflated or vacuumed, then heat-sealed, thereby no air can get in or out. Bacteria feeds on oxygen, so by removing it, products can last longer, and shelf life will be increased. A leading peanut manufacturer and Spiroflow customer said they could prove with confidence less than 1% oxygen was in the bag after using the nitrogen purging process.”

Extending ingredient storage life during COVID-19

In-store marketing and digital media specialist Catalina reported that U.S. shoppers are now making fewer trips to grocery, drug, and convenience stores but are spending more per visit. That means shelf life is essential not only for grocery stores but the end-user since they are likely stocking up. Changes in purchasing behavior have rippled up the supply chain to impact warehouse storage needs. In some cases, manufacturers have had ingredients ready for product manufacturing. Still, small, household consumer packaging shortages meant that the product sat on the warehouse floor, risking the ingredients going bad before packaging manufacturers could keep up with demand. Spiroflow’s Podevyn says, “Our enhanced bag process could benefit any product that has a shelf life, is affected by contact to air, or is hygroscopic. The scope of uptake may well go beyond the food and pharmaceutical industries, and we are excited to see how this process solution can innovate a breadth of businesses.”

Bulk bags save money

Spiroflow offers two types of bulk bag fillers. For low to medium volume applications, the C Series fillers have a modular construction that can be scaled up from a basic set-up to be modified when a change in production requirements demands it. The Cone Table Elite (CTE) Bulk Bag Filler has a densification system that can increase bag stability and filling quantity suited to high volume filing or where considerable densifying is needed. The shipping cost is reduced by increasing the densification as the bags can be filled with more products, thereby increasing cost efficiency. By increasing the bags’ stability, they become safer to handle and ship, which could reduce costs.

About Spiroflow

Spiroflow designs powder handling systems, including specialized conveyors and bulk bag handling equipment for food, chemical, mineral, pharmaceutical and other process industries. Spiroflow also manufactures Aero Mechanical Conveyors, Tubular Cable and Drag Chain Conveyors, Flexible Screw Conveyors, Vacuum Conveyors, Bulk Bag Fillers, Ingredients Handling and Weighing Systems. The company’s technical and engineering expertise has led to it developing an international reputation for an unrivaled range of products with state-of-the-art control systems.

Following the release of their new branding in July, bulk material handling and automation specialist, Spiroflow, has announced the launch of a new website.

The new website features a fresh, modern design for a worldwide audience. It sets a new benchmark in the industry and provides users with faster and more complete access to critical information and solutions surrounding dry bulk material handling and automation.

Visitors will find new photo galleries and videos throughout the site. Key features include a dynamic content-rich homepage and navigation bar for direct access to process equipment, automation solutions, parts & service, and a resource hub.  The resource hub connects visitors to additional content from our blog, FAQs, news releases, literature, video library, and case studies.

“We wanted this new website to meet two primary objectives.  It is designed to provide visitors with a resource that enables them to solve problems they might be experiencing with their current powder handling processes.  It is also designed to inform visitors about how they can automate new, or update existing, control systems and processes. There is also expanded content on after sales support and commissioning which shows how we help customers far beyond delivering a product,” said Spiroflow’s co-chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Dudas.

“Ultimately we always want our customers to feel confident about their choice.  The new website has greatly expanded content organized so that visitors can consider solutions to their toughest bulk material handling and automation challenges and ultimately make more informed purchase decisions,” he added.

Spiroflow delivers engineered solutions designed to solve powder handling and processing challenges through the US-based Spiroflow Systems, Inc and UK-based Spiroflow Limited business units. Together they provide the safest, most efficient, innovative and most reliable process solutions available to customers all over the world. Spiroflow bulk material handling and powder processing equipment solutions include the widest range of mechanical conveyors in the industry and an expansive line of bulk bag fillers, bulk bag dischargers, control systems, bulk bag conditioners, customized hoppers, bin activators, and bin, bag, box and drum emptiers.

US-based Spiroflow Automation Solutions, Inc. is a full-service industrial control, networking, and automation provider. This business unit’s goal is to provide their customers with processes that work smarter and more efficiently. This is accomplished by providing highly efficient and cost-effective automation solutions. The company has offices in Monroe, NC, Cleveland, OH, Chicago, IL, Greer, SC, and Orlando, FL.

Primary markets for all Spiroflow business units include the food, dairy, snack food, confectionery, beverage, pet food, pharmaceutical, packaging, industrial, chemical, plastics, minerals, cement, environmental, waste, recycling, themed entertainment, paint/finishing, and pulp and paper. To learn more visit spiroflow.com, email sales@spiroflow.com or call +1 704 246 0900 in the US or +44 1200 422 525 in the UK.

Global powder and dry solids handling specialist, Spiroflow, is exhibiting in Hall 3, on stand E3-16 at the forthcoming Gulfood Manufacturing event, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov 17.

Gulfood Manufacturing is the largest and most influential trade show for the food processing and manufacturing sector in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region. Endorsed by 1,500 international suppliers from over 60 countries, the event showcases the latest food and beverage manufacturing business improvement tools.

At the show, Spiroflow will be supporting their regional representatives, Dubai-based Himatrix, a professionally managed group providing industrial process automation and turnkey solutions.  Himatrix has been successfully promoting Spiroflow’s extensive range of bulk handling equipment to a range of established local and global contacts for a number of years. Having exhibited independently at the show for the past 6 years, this will be the first year that Spiroflow will share a joint ‘local’ stand, rather than exhibiting separately under the UK pavilion as in previous years.

Of the event, Spiroflow’s James Podevyn said: “As Gulfood Manufacturing is widely recognized as one of the major global exhibitions on the calendar, it is key that we take the opportunity to promote all of the products in our portfolio. We receive many inquiries from visitors to the event from all over the world, as well as key local UAE clients, so we see many advantages to having a presence at Gulfood Manufacturing. Sharing a stand with Himatrix helps to further cement the close working relationship we have with our UAE representatives.”

Spiroflow delivers engineered solutions designed to solve powder handling and processing challenges by providing the safest, most efficient, innovative and most reliable process solutions available to customers all over the world.

Spiroflow bulk material handling and powder processing equipment solutions include the widest range of mechanical conveyors in the industry and an expansive line of bulk bag fillers, bulk bag dischargers, control systems, bulk bag conditioners, customised hoppers, bin activators, and bin, bag, box and drum emptiers.

Primary markets for all Spiroflow business units include the food, dairy, snack food, confectionery, beverage, pet food, pharmaceutical, packaging, industrial, chemical, plastics, minerals, cement, environmental, waste, recycling, themed entertainment, paint/finishing, and pulp and paper. To learn more email sales@spiroflow.com or call +44 (0) 1200 422525.

Spiroflow positions itself for the future with a major re-branding initiative featuring a contemporary new logo. With headquarters in the U.S. and the U.K. and representatives worldwide, the company has been a global leader in the field of powder handling and dry bulk solids processing for more than 45 years.

The company has also established a leadership position in the control systems integration industry placing on the Control Engineering 2016 Global Industry Giants list. Spiroflow is building upon its proud history and re-branding to reflect the company’s focus on growth and expansion.

Spiroflow is not a single product company or a single process company and the new logo is designed to represent that.  “We proudly carry on our heritage and commitment to excellence with a fresh new look as we launch what will be the brand and company logo for the next 45 years,” said Spiroflow Co-Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Dudas.

Spiroflow Founder, Co-Chairman, and President, Michel Podevyn explains, “We choose a fresh modern font.  The white space created by the shape of the ‘w’ represents the filling and discharging of powders and materials – a nod to our bulk material handling solutions. The multiple colors speak to the different and growing divisions of the company, the complementary products and services we provide our customers, the multiple materials we help our customers process, and the fact that Spiroflow does business in more than 75 countries.”

The company is an early inventor of the flexible screw conveyor but has advanced significantly since those days in the early 1970’s. It has greatly expanded their product line through the years via acquisition and in-house product development.

Driven by customer needs, Spiroflow added its Aeroflow® aero mechanical conveyor product in 1997 with the acquisition of Orthos and then developed the Cableflow® tubular cable drag conveyor.  In 2010 the company purchased Dynamet for their ultra-heavy-duty drag chain conveyor technology and now offers the Dynaflow® drag chain conveyor.  The company expanded its product line again in 2013 when it acquired the assets of Control & Metering which added high volume densifying bulk bag filling technology with the patented Spirofil® CTE bulk bag filler, additional bulk bag unloading designs with the Flo style bulk bag unloaders, and a compact and effective bulk bag conditioner.  The company has since developed the heavy-duty Chainflow® drag chain conveyor in 2016 to round out its drag conveying line.

Spiroflow Holdings, Inc., announces the appointment of David Rose as Managing Director Spiroflow Automation Solutions, Inc.  Mr. Rose joins Spiroflow’s executive team at a time when the company continues to grow within its traditional market segments as well as its Systems Integration business.

Mr. Rose brings experience in operations management, organizational design and business development in the manufacturing and engineering industries.  He comes to Spiroflow from Precision Castparts Corporation where he held the position of VP & General Manager of their Materials Business based in Charlotte.  Previously Mr. Rose served in a variety of business leadership roles as President, CEO and Managing Director for GE, and various other aerospace, railway, and building products industry companies.

Mr. Rose holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management from Gannon University in Erie, PA.  He is also a graduate of GE’s Manufacturing Training Program and is certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Spiroflow Automation Solutions, Inc. is a full-service industrial control, networking, and automation provider. The company’s goal is to provide their customers with processes that work smarter and more efficiently. This is accomplished by providing highly efficient and cost-effective automation solutions.  The company has offices in Monroe, NC, Cleveland, OH, Chicago, IL, Greer, SC, and Orlando, FL.

Primary markets include the food, dairy, beverage, confectionery, themed entertainment, paint finishing, wood products, OEM manufacturing, and more.  To learn more email sales@spiroflow.com or call (1) 704-246-0900.

In response to the ever-increasing needs of the food industry, Spiroflow has launched the new Chainflow chain drag conveyor.  The hygienic heavy-duty, totally enclosed, dust-free chain drag conveyor economically conveys dry powders and granules particularly fragile materials such as coffee beans, cereals, specialty breakfast cereals, nuts, dried fruit, grains, dry soup mix, candy, small cookies, baby formula powder, pet food, animal feed, and more.  Processors can easily convey or batch ingredients with the crevice-free design.

The Chainflow Tubular Drag Conveyor

Chainflow is a tubular drag conveyor that, by definition, is configured in a loop or circuit.  Ultra strong 304 or 316 stainless steel chain is fitted with molded UHMWPE discs.  It provides maximum chain life while gently moving fragile products through a homogeneous crevice free conveying path.  The chain drag conveyor has a motor driven drive assembly at one end of the circuit and a return housing, fitted with an automatic tensioner, on the other end of the circuit.  Processors can achieve intricate layouts with multiple inlets and outlets in complex three plane circuits.   Chainflow components are designed for hygienic applications.  The conveyor can be cleaned in place and is engineered to run 24/7/365.

Chainflow delivers fast and efficient conveying with capacities up to 370 ft3/hour (10.5m3/hour).  Processors can convey over long distances with maximum straight line lengths of up to 250 ft (76m) per conveyor and link multiple conveyors for longer distances.  The conveyor can typically run empty, be stopped and started under load, and flood or meter fed for operational flexibility.

‘We saw a very specific need in the Food Industry and the Chainflow chain drag conveyor is an important addition to our product line,’ explains Spiroflow’s CEO Jeffrey Dudas.  He adds, ‘Our goal has long been to provide the widest range of mechanical conveyors for dry bulk solids and ingredients so that our engineers can evaluate our customers’ needs objectively and provide the ideal conveyor for their applications.’  See Chainflow in action.

About Spiroflow

Spiroflow is a global leader in powder handling for process industries and an emerging leader in control systems integration.  Throughout our 45-year history, our design engineers and process automation team have provided customers with the safest, most efficient, innovative and most reliable process solutions available.

We were an early inventor of the flexible screw conveyor, but we’ve grown significantly since those early days as have our products and service offerings.  Spiroflow delivers engineered solutions designed to solve your greatest powder handling and processing challenges, whether it is a single conveyor or a complete powder handling system with integrated controls.

With our flexible screw, Aeroflow® aero mechanical, Cableflow® cable drag, Chainflow™ and Dynaflow® chain drag conveyors, hands down, we offer the widest range of mechanical conveyors for dry bulk solids and ingredients.  We are also well known for our expansive line of Spirofil® bulk bag fillersbulk bag dischargers, control systems, bulk bag conditioners, customized hoppers, bin activators, and bin, bag, box, and drum emptiers, as well as end-of-line robotic palletizing solutions.

Spiroflow Automation Solutions

Spiroflow Automation Solutions, Inc. was launched in 2014 to supply control systems integration, industrial automation integration, control system migration, and HMI design along with procurement, start-up services, and long-term client support.

Primary markets include the food, dairy, snack food, confectionery, beverage, pet food, pharmaceutical, packaging, industrial, chemical, plastics, minerals, cement, environmental, waste, and recycling.  To learn more visit Spiroflow’s website, send us an email or call (1) 704-246-0900.