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Flexicon Corp. has released a new wide-inletbulk bag filler that the company claims allows rapid filling and passage of large, moist or dense chunks and semi-solid materials into open or duffle-top bulk bags.
The unit features powered height adjustment of the cantilevered fill head to accommodate all bag heights, pneumatically-adjustable bag hooks, a roller conveyor, automated vibratory densification/deaeration deck and load cells with automated controls, the company said.
Material passes through a hopper equipped with a slide gate valve positioned above the filler, Flexicon said, and through the filler's inlet chute that tapers from 26 to 20 inches square before discharging into an open-top bulk bag.
Flexicon said a vibratory deaeration deck activated at timed intervals during the filling cycle densifies the bulk material, stabilizing the bag. When load cells signal that the bag is approaching target weight, a controller shuts the slide gate valve, releases the bag straps and activates a powered roller conveyor to remove the filled bulk bag from the filling area, Flexicon claimed.
The product is made of carbon steel, according to the firm, and the system is suitable for sludge-like materials, disparate-sized scrap, mulch, stone, coal, wood pellets and other bulk material containing pieces, chunks, agglomerates, clumps and other materials too large or non-free-flowing for conventional bulk bags and fillers.