NATIONAL BULK EQUIPMENT: Bulk Bag Filler System
National Bulk Equipment, Inc. (NBE) recently released a new bulk bag filler system that receives input from an integrated bulk bag unloader, an integrated bag dump station, and a vibratory conveyor system. This reportedly enables the material processing operation to effectively transition to an integrated, automatically controlled, 20,000-lb/hour bulk bag filling process from a relatively low-capacity, operator-intensive, 50-lb bag filling system.
Multiple materials, all with differing characteristics (e.g., fast-flowing, dusty, sticky and static-charged) enter the process operation based on the specific recipe selected at the system HMI by the operator. The NBE bulk bag unloader, receiving bulk bags of severely agglomerated material, starts an integrated, automated material conditioning sequence, including massage paddles with 2,200 lbs of paddle pressure, and an agitator hopper to prepare the material for supply (via screw conveyor) to the bulk bag filler. For secondary ingredients, a bag dump station that is integrated to the bulk bag unloader enables manual introduction of material to the agitator hopper for conditioning, blending, and supply to the bulk bag filler. The primary ingredient, supplied from downstream pneumatic conveying, is introduced to the bulk bag filling process through a 24-in. wide, 304-2b stainless steel, vibratory conveyor with a total material supply capacity of 20,000 lbs/hour.
This automated bulk bag filler and bulk bag unloader system reportedly was built to be compliance-ready at start-up and to conform to the specific, regulated processes and practices of the Class II, Div. 2, Group G process area, as well as explosion protection and control features for venting, directing, and releasing overpressure. NBE was the single-source provider of the system’s controls and automation, and was singularly responsible for integration of the system controls to the facility’s supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA). This NBE bulk bag filler and bulk bag unloader system reportedly increases line capacity, improves resource management, reduces operating burden, increases labor efficiency and safety, and extends equipment contribution and performance lifecycles.
For more information, call (616)399-2220 or visit http://nbe-inc.com.