Versatile filler improves container-filling operation
A chemical company installs a rotating drum- and bulk-bag-filling system in its packaging room for enhanced worker safety and quality control.
Chemical producer BASF Corp. recently decided to upgrade its Washington, N.J., manufacturing plant by adding a dedicated packaging room for filling its surfactant additives into drums or bulk bags prior to shipping. The room is designed for increased cleanliness and control of the container-filling operation. The company's additives are formulated as liquids and then converted into powders for use in many items, including personal care products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent. The additives are used to reduce a material's surface tension, making the materials easier to formulate and use for various products. Previously, the company had been using a manual bagger to package the additives. However, the manual bagger was causing many problems, including making the operation slower than desired and causing ergonomic issues and quality control difficulties. The company wanted to replace the manual bagger with an automated process that was accurate, efficient, and capable of maintaining superior quality control.