Bulk bags are meant to carry loose bulk goods for commercial purposes. They are made of woven polypropylene and are designed to carry dry materials like flour, coffee, gypsum, and chemicals.
The bags are typically very heavy, weighing anywhere between 1,000 and 4,000 pounds, which means that they need special tools for transportation like integrated loops or pallets. They also
require special equipment in order to load and unload the bags.
There are two types of bulk bag stations, one for filling the bags and another for emptying the
bags. Many locations that work with bulk bags need one bulk bag station for filling, and one for unloading.
What Is A Bulk Bag Filling Station?
The bulk bag filling station is necessary for the bulk bag to be shipped. It helps to support the
bulk bag when it’s being filled, and it’s made up of a support framework, filling head, and vibration motor.
Using the correct bulk bag station for your needs will help to prevent spills. Preventing spills means wasting less money, and that’s something every business strives for. At Carolina Conveying, we take your needs into account and we have the quality bulk bag stations to accommodate your loading and unloading requirements.
For most operations, a standard bulk bag is enough. If your business is concentrated on more complex tasks, though, you might need advanced and specialized equipment. If you have a Weighing and Batch Control feature, you can boost your efficiency and precision of goods transported. This type of custom design will personalize your filling station depending on what it is that your business needs - down to the fine details.
Companies that may consider advanced equipment include those in the food, plastics and petrochemical, animal feed, energy, mining and minerals, chemical, and agricultural industries. When delivering raw goods to their customers, they can benefit from customized bulk bag
This type of bulk bag station supports a bulk bag while it’s being loaded in order to achieve minimal loss of product. There are many types of bulk bag filling stations available, and what you need depends on the type of product that your company transports. The most basic type
includes a simple support framework and a fill head, and it works fluidly for simple tasks. Companies that require more complex operations may opt for a more advanced filling station,
In a standard model, you’ll find an adjustable height framework, a filling head with an inflatable seal (the dust protector), a support platform on the bottom of the bag, a vibrating motor to ensure even loading, and bag support arms.
The lifting loops on the bag are hung from those support arms, and the frame is adjusted to help the bag keep its shape (and stay open) while it’s being filled. The inlet is inserted into the feed tube outlet and the inflatable seal does its duty of preventing dust from escaping.
In order to fully understand the importance of a bulk bag station, it’s important to get familiar with its composition. The filling head of a bulk bag station has an inner and outer feed tube, which includes a dust
extraction spigot - and this helps control the spread of dust. When you add an inflatable seal material transfer to the bag, the inlet spout is dust-tight. There’s a vent on the filling head, and that allows the air inside the bulk bag to travel to a dust sock or a dust collection system.
De-aerating is necessary for optimal efficiency, as it helps to maximize the volume of the bag that actually gets used. It also helps with the issue of uneven loading, which makes for product lost and therefore money wasted. If you install a vibrator motor at the base of the bulk bag, you
can ensure that you reach maximum capacity for filling while securing stable loading practices.
The height of a standard bulk bag filling station is adjustable. That way, it can accommodate
bags of varying sizes.
What Is A Bulk Bag Discharge Station?
The other type of bulk bag station is called a bulk bag discharge station. This gets put into play when it’s time to remove product from a bulk bag.
Bulk bag discharge stations included platform supports, a bag lifting mechanism, flow aids, and a downstream interface. After the bag is loaded onto the frame, the bottom access is attached to the downstream interface, from which extraction aids are engaged. These work to loosen products that may have become compacted in transit so the operator can control the output from the bag.
Stations that have platform support have the upper hand because the bag rests on the platform and seals itself off with its own weight, preventing dust leaks.
A bulk bag discharge (aka unloading) station is needed to ensure a safe means of removing to product from the bulk bags in a controlled manner and while controlling dusting. Operator safety is essential when it comes to discharging bulk bags.
Compliance with OSHA regulations is critical, and proper installation of bulk bag discharge systems can help. The operator must never be under a suspended load due to potential crushing hazards. Bulk bags must safely be supported from below to assure operator safety, and this is exactly what the Carolina Conveying station offers with a full platform dish that the bag rests on at all times.
Carolina Conveying offers heavy-duty bulk bag discharge stations with modular construction that are easy to assemble and allow for a variety of optional add-on equipment. The discharge stations come with a full platform bag support dish and an access module that prevents spills.
In addition, bar agitation and vibration functionalities facilitate proper discharge from bulk bags
with sluggish material.
The bulk bag is loaded into the discharge station via fork lift truck or integral hoist and trolley.
The electric hoist and trolley models allow the operator to load and unload bags via pendent
control. Pneumatic hoists are also an option.
Numerous other options are available such as integral dust collection, knifes for cutting open single trip bags, discharge gates, feeders and screw conveyors for elevating the material.
Bulk bag stations are important components of industrial loading and unloading tasks, and Carolina Conveying is the company to choose for the safest and most sanitary options. We craft solutions that you can count on.