When would I use a bag dump station vs. a bulk bag unloader?

Cocoa powder

Whether your dry bulk material bag emptying application is best suited for a manual bag dump station (also known as a sack tip station) or a bulk bag unloader primarily depends on:

  • bag size
  • required unloading rates
  • operator availability

Bag dump stations require an operator to manually empty smaller (20-50 lb. / 10-25 kg) bags into a hopper. As the bag size and required rate of unloading increase, bag dump stations become a less viable solution; operators would not be physically able to safely handle the bags or achieve the required unloading rates. Bag dump stations are an economical option when longer batch times are acceptable, operators are available, the ingredient bags are small enough to safely handle and dusting can be effectively managed via bag dump station dust control options. Additionally, smaller mobile bag dump stations can enable one unit to feed more than one hopper/conveyor location throughout the plant and be moved quickly for easy cleaning between different flavor batches.