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A new hydraulic bulk-bag conditioner streamlines workflow

| By Mary Page Bailey and Gerald Ondrey

A new Block-Buster hydraulic bulk-bag conditioner (photo) features arched doorway masts that increase overhead clearance for easier insertion and removal of palletized bulk bags using a forklift. The conditioner loosens hygroscopic chemicals, spice blends, heat-sensitive products and other bulk materials that have solidified during storage and shipment, returning the material to a free-flowing state and enabling bulk-bag unloaders to discharge the material through bag spouts. A hydraulically-actuated, variable-height turntable operates in concert with two hydraulic rams to press opposing sides of the bulk bag at varying heights, rotate the bag 90 deg and then repeat the conditioning cycle. The number and pressure of hydraulic ram actuations, the height of the turntable and the number of 90-deg rotations are user-programmable at the control panel’s human-machine interface (HMI). — Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, Pa.