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14 BULKDISTRIBUTOR Industrial Packaging September/October 2016 Sanitary bulk bag weigh Schütz introduces new batch unloader Recobulk name T he new BULK-OUT Bulk Bag Weigh Batch Unloading System with manual dumping station and flexible screw conveyor automatically carries weighed batches of contamination-sensitive materials to downstream processes and allows rapid sanitising. The BFC model discharger frame is equipped with a cantilevered I-beam with electric hoist and trolley for positioning of bulk bags without the use of a forklift. A SPOUT-LOCK clamp ring atop a TELE-TUBE telescoping tube securely connects the clean side of the bag spout to the clean side of the equipment intake, and maintains constant downward tension n I e r e o ati v no on the bag as it empties and elongates, promoting complete discharge from the bag. At timed intervals, FLOW-FLEXER bag activators increasingly raise opposite bottom edges of the bag as it lightens, ultimately forming a steep V-shape that encourages total discharge of freeand non-free-flowing materials from the bag. A bag dump station with folding bag shelf allows manual dumping of minor additions into the hopper from hand-held packaging and containers. The hopper is vented to a BAG-VAC dust collection system that draws airborne dust from manual dumping activities away from the operator when the hopper lid is open. When the hopper lid is closed during bulk bag discharging, the dust collection system additionally prevents displaced air and dust from entering the plant atmosphere, and collapses empty bags prior to tie-off, preventing dust generated when empty bags are flattened manually. A FLEXI-FORCE lump breaker integral to the hopper reduces agglomerates and promotes the continuous flow of material into the charging adapter of the flexible screw conveyor. Load cells supporting the entire system are linked to a PLC that stops the flexible screw conveyor once the system has lost a pre-set amount of weight. The flexible screw is the only moving part contacting material, and is driven above the point at which material exits the conveyor, preventing contact with seals and allowing rapid sanitising in place. Positioned above the clamp ring is a POWERCINCHER pneumatically-actuated flow control valve that cinches the spout concentrically, allowing re-cinching of partially empty bags for leak-free tie-offs. The entire system is made of stainless steel finished to sanitary standards, and is rated for wash down. W ith the Ecobulk, Schütz created the most frequently used IBC system in the world. Since the beginning, the pioneering core of the packaging system has been its modular design. The container can be perfectly adapted to meet the specific requirements of the filling product and the customer’s individual supply chain. Crucially, the modular design of the Ecobulk also allows Schütz IBCs to offer complete recyclability, giving them outstanding economic and ecological efficiency in the global cycle. As a pioneer in the industry, the manufacturer gained experience with reconditioning IBCs from as early as 1976 and in 1980 was the first IBC producer to guarantee the collection of empty containers. Schütz applied the highest quality standards to the reconditioned containers from the very start. In order to completely rule out any potential risks that could result from the parallel use of new and used packaging, reconditioned Ecobulks offer exactly the same high level of safety as new ones. This is achieved by using a standard global reconditioning process which is based on the highest environmental, safety and quality management standards. Retrieved Ecobulk containers are reconditioned by fitting them with a brand new inner bottle. All other components, such as screw caps, outlet valves, and label plates, are replaced with new original components. The robust steel grid and the bottom plate are repaired if necessary and reused. If the IBC has UN approval, then this is extended for a further five years. To make the close link between originality and quality instantly visible on reconditioned Schütz IBCs, Schütz has launched a new brand name: Recobulk. Both packaging versions now have Ecobulk/Recobulk embossed on the label plate to document the recyclability and uncompromising quality. The Ecobulk and the Recobulk have the same standard specifications and are 100% compatible. s w o Fl n Wh “Since standardizing on Blackmer®, we’ve decreased maintenance costs, which goes directly toward our bottom line. Compared to the competition, Blackmer gives us the reliability and dependability we need.” – Jaydee Bullard, Manager of Terminals & Construction, Caljet of America, LLC • Blackmer pumps offer lower maintenance costs and trouble-free operation • Self-adjusting, sliding vane pumps are energy efficient by design • Heavy-duty design of centrifugal pumps improves reliability For more information, please visit: blackmer.com/txstrong 16-BLKM-1370 Blackmer - Bulk Distributor - September/October 2016.indd 1 Process | Energy | Military & Marine 1809 Century Avenue SW Grand Rapid s, MI 49503-1530 USA +1 (616) 241-1611 blackmer.com 7/25/16 10:17 AM