Form-fill-seal (FFS) packaging equipment is prevalent in a wide variety of polyethylene bag filling applications. Both vertical and horizontal machines are available. This article describes some of the considerations that might impact the purchasing decision when choosing between the two.
An air packer requires a reliable source of low-pressure, high-volume air to fluidize and convey material during bagging.
FIBCs are being used throughout the powder and bulk solids industry to pack, transport, and store materials. This article discusses various principles to be aware of when dealing with bulk bags, including design, sizing, handling, and filling, to help ensure that they’re employed in the safest, most efficient, and most cost-effective way.
A Canadian mining facility that had been processing copper ore for decades decided to refocus and sell copper concentrate to other companies for refining. That meant finding a supplier to install a system that could handle and package large quantities of the material.
Product damage caused by unstable stretch-wrapped pallets can be a costly problem for bulk solids manufacturers. Because most stretch film is sold through distributors, however, film manufacturers typically receive little end-user feedback about those failures.
This article describes Material Transfer's test center and details what clients can expect when taking part in a testing process.
Synthetic amorphous silica (SAS) has a very fine particle size and easily entrains air. This was making packing difficult for the material producer, so it began investigating options. After contacting equipment suppliers, several stated that packaging at the desired target rate wasn't possible. Then came the Concetti Group.
Adding a bulk bag conditioner can improve your plant's productivity, improve worker safety and morale, and reduce operating costs.
A peanut business that had been drying and packing peanuts for the wholesale market added a bulk-bag-filling system, enabling the operation to increase capacity, boost profits, and improve fill accuracy.
A complete supply chain management company installs two new conveying and packaging lines to package a resin powder.
You probably have an exhaust ventilation system to clean the air at your plant's bagging operation, but do you know that the bagging operators can still be exposed to unacceptable dust levels? This article addresses some of the less-recognized, secondary dust sources that can cause a bagging operator's exposure to exceed acceptable limits. Sections describe a US Bureau of Mines study and the secondary dust sources the study identified, and then explain how to monitor dust exposure and how to reduce dust from your bagging operation's secondary dust sources. Although the study described here was conducted in mineral processing plants, the information can be applied to bagging operations in plants handling other dry bulk materials.
Handling open-mouth and valve bags after they're filled and closed may seem relatively simple. But even if parts of your handling operation are manual, you're faced with several equipment choices. This article is an overview of commonly used postfill bag-handling equipment, covering how the equipment works and how you can integrate it into a handling system that meets your production rate and fits your available space. Related information covers selection tips from various equipment suppliers and common selection mistakes to avoid.
Until the mid-1940s textile bags filled with agricultural and industrial products were typically closed by tying, wiring, or hand sewing. A packaging revolution began when the bag-closing sewing machine was introduced. Sewing speeded the packaging process and allowed paper bags to be used. However, these early sewing systems required delicate adjustment.
Fully integrated powder packaging system sensitively, accurately packages powdered reagent at a Miles Diagnostic plant.
A zircon powder opacifier supplier purchases a mobile bulk bag filler to make bulk bag filling more flexible.
A company installs an automatic hood stretch system in its end-of-line packaging operation to improve its shipping operation's efficiency, economics, and outdoor storage capabilities.
A company installs new bulk material handling equipment to increase its production line's capacity.
The company also adds a conveyor for loading the bags onto customer' trucks.
Pallets loaded with small bags or bulk bags of dry bulk product must be wrapped to protect the packages and stabilize the pallet load for shipping, handling, and storage. Three methods for wrapping your pallets are available: stretch-wrapping, thermal shrink-wrapping, or hood-stretching. This article explains how to select a pallet-wrapping method that will meet your - and your customer's - requirements.
With an almost unlimited combination of bulk bag filler designs, features, and related equipment to choose from today, you can tailor your bulk bag filling system according to your current and anticipated capacity requirements, safety and plant hygiene concerns, material sources, and other factors.
This article gives an overview of what you need to consider before switching from manual to automated bagging. Tips also cover small automation steps you can take when your capital budget won't stretch to automating the entire bagging system.
Bulk bags, also called flexible intermediate bulk containers [FIBCs], have evolved from handling low-cost, high-tonnage materials to dosing small quantities of speciality ingredients.