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September 15, 2020

Bulk Bags and the Help of Unloading Stations

Working with bulk materials is often the most cost-efficient method of ordering products while also staying on top of manufacturing. The larger quantities also help reduce labor costs, as you won’t need employees continually swapping out containers or grabbing new boxes for loading. Not all bulk comes in boxes and crates, though. Bulk bags, depending on the material you’re using, might be a better alternative. Whether used in conjunction with snack foods, confectionery, granules, chemicals, or other products entirely, bulk bag station can improve efficiency, and the way items are stored.

However, whenever you need to properly configure your conveyor system to handle unloading the material into the baggage. With the help of a bulk bag station and bulk bag unloader, you’ll discover how simple using bags can be.

Bulk Bag Unloader

While the unloader can be configured to best fit your needs, the system itself is relatively universal. The bag itself is generally not circular (such as what you might find with traditional trash bags). Instead, it has a defined rectangular shape. This allows for improved storage and prevents the bag from shifting or even collapsing on itself. The top of the bag then overlaps the shoot of the unloader. Think of it like a squared-off water balloon with the balloon’s lip overlapping a water faucet, only, in this case, it’s much larger. Support hooks help hold up the bag to prevent it from swaying while the material is deposited into the bag.

There is an adjustable base under the bulk bag station. This way, if additional support is required, the base can be lowered or lifted to aid. It also allows the unloading station to be adjusted in height, using various bag sizes. The ability to accept different bag sizes helps make the unloader a valuable addition to your manufacturing system. It also allows you to adjust on the fly when necessary, as there may be times you need to fill a partial shipment and don’t want to use a full-sized bag for a half-sized job.

Moveable vs. Stationary

When considering an unloading station, you’ll want to determine whether you want a stationary or moveable setup. The stationary system is secured to the ground where it is needed. The moveable system can be easily transported to other areas of the production floor. This way, if you need bagging materials at various manufacturing points, you’re able to move the equipment around as you need it.

Designed For Durability

It doesn’t matter if you opt for a stationary or moveable bulk bag unloader; all equipment is built for durability and longevity. Depending on your needs and the materials you’re using, the setup can be constructed with stainless steel, mild steel, or plastic. So, if you’re looking for a food-safe material, it is possible to have your unloading station built with plastic, which can also be helpful when working with certain pharmaceuticals or chemicals. If you have specific requirements for your unloading station and want to make sure the equipment is designed for your materials, make sure to give us a call at Gough Econ, and we will go over all your requirements to ensure the final product is exactly what you need.

Is A Bulk Bag Unloading Station Right For You?

Perhaps you’ve never considered a bulk bag station before. While bulk bags are nothing new, many do not turn to the convenience of bulk bags for various reasons. Whether it’s the belief that bags are not as strong or the process has simply been done for years using other forms of packaging, you may be surprised as to just how beneficial a bulk bag unloading system can be for your own manufacturing process.

Some industries that take advantage of bulk bag systems include, but are not limited to, snack food manufacturers, handlers of frozen foods and vegetables or fruits. Granules is a popular industry that takes advantage of the bulk bags, as does the pharmaceutical industry, chemical manufacturers, and those that produce confectionery materials.

Some Material Benefits

One major benefit of working with a bulk bag station is that the bulk bag can be taken from an unloading station and affixed to a loading station. This may be done on your production floor, as doing so allows you to fill the bag and then have the bag moved to where the materials are later required. A loader can then be fitted with the bag and deposited the materials as needed. Other recipients of the bulk material may want it to be stored in a bulk bag as well. It makes it easier for them if they are going to take the material and integrate it with other materials during production. Or it may simply be easier for them to store and handle. Whatever the case may be, bulk bags have the storage capability of a box, with the easy pouring and unloading benefits of a bag.

Proper Bulk Bag Station Configuration is a Phone Call Away

You shouldn’t have to completely reconfigure your entire conveyor and manufacturing system just to add a bulk bag unloader. This can be a simple addition that instantly improves the productivity of packaging your final product. With the help of our staff here at Gough Econ, we can work with you in determining not only the kind of bulk bag station right for your current needs, but we’ll also help future proof your production and manufacturing lines for expected growth.

This way, you won’t be forced to invest more funds into the conveyor system when you don’t need to. So, whether you want to learn more about the assortment of bulk bag systems we offer, or you’d like to discover how such a system can improve your entire production line, give our customer service staff a call at Gough Econ Inc. today.

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