Low-Profile Filler for Boxes, Drums, Bulk Bags
Flexicon’s new multi-purpose filler dispenses bulk solid materials into boxes, drums and bulk bags, by weight. The unit features a fill head that seals dust-tight against the inlet spout of bulk bags, or connects to transition adapters that seal against open boxes or drums.
The filler utilizes the Bethlehem, Pa.-based company’s patented Twin-Centerpost frame that is said to maximize strength and improve accessibility to the fill head while simplifying construction and reducing cost. It is mounted on load cells tied into a PLC that controls upstream devices to fill containers at high rate and then at dribble-feed rate to maximize the number of containers filled per hour, while still achieving required accuracies. An automated vibratory system raises and vibrates the container deck to deaerate and densify material, stabilizing the container.
The low-profile configuration of the filler also allows removal of filled containers using a pallet jack, eliminating the need for a fork truck.
Bulk-bag-filling-related features include manual fill head height adjustment to accommodate all popular bag sizes, pneumatically-retractable bag hooks, an inflatable connector to seal the bag inlet spout and a feed chute outlet port for dust-free air displacement during filling.
A transition hood is connected to the fill head using quick-action clamps to fill boxes from 36-48 inches on a side and 39-44 inches overall height.
For filling of 30- to 55-gallon drums, a pneumatically-actuated telescoping drum-filling adapter swivels inward for rapid connection to the fill head using quick-action clamps, after which an inlet plate is sealed against the rim of the drum.
In all cases, filling cycles are initiated with a manual push button or by electrical contact closure, after which filling, deaeration and any required disconnection of the equipment from the container inlet are automatic.
The filler is constructed of carbon steel with durable industrial finish, or stainless-steel finished to food or dairy standards, and is offered with a mechanical or pneumatic conveyor delivery system integrated with the user's upstream process equipment or other material source.