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Integrated sifter and bag-break station prevents contamination

| By Gerald Ondrey

This company has custom-engineered an integrated sifter and bag-break station that automatically removes foreign matter and captures nuisance dust. Set above a top-loading batch mixer, the powder-handling system features an AFC Dump Clean bag-break station (photo) that continuously draws any fine particles inside the unit before they can escape into the workplace and a vibratory sifter that separates and diverts any “tramp” material from the product stream. When discharged for mixing, the product is protected from contamination, and the mixer and other downstream equipment are protected from tramp metals, stray bulk-bag material and other unwelcome waste. — Automated Flexible Conveyor, Inc., Clifton, N.J.