Vacuum packer retrofit automates bagging operation
A company retrofits two manual vacuum packers with automated bag-handling and ultrasonic-sealing systems to improve its packaging line’s performance.
Evonik-Degussa, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., operates a plant in Waterford, N.Y., that produces and packages silicon dioxide. The material, which is used as a filler in products such as paints, coatings, adhesives, and silicone caulk, is produced in bulk and shipped to end users in containers ranging from 10-pound bags to railcars. When the plant first started production in 1992, it used manual vacuum packers to fill 10- and 20-pound and 10- and 15-kilogram paper valve bags. However, manually handling the bags caused some ergonomic problems for the plant’s operators, so the company decided to automate the bagging and palletizing operations to improve the packaging line’s ergonomics.