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Palletized Bag Emptying and Product Infeed

Material Infeed Performance Ensuring Fullstream Process Confidence

NBE palletized bag emptying and material infeed systems bring to processing and production operations performance-proven advantages not feasible from off-the-shelf or manual debagging methods. NBE automated bag emptying and material input systems are individually engineered-to-application (ETA). Regardless of complex functional specifications or particular automation requirements, NBE palletized bag emptying and infeed systems ensure consistent and accurate material supply to continuous or batch process applications. Material waste and product contamination, common with build-to-ship designs or hand-fed units, are reduced or eliminated due to the process-specific engineering and integration of NBE palletized, multiwall bag emptying and material infeed equipment.

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It is NBE engineered-to-application project execution that ensures every NBE palletized bag emptying and material infeed system is engineered, built, and integrated to deliver optimal process performance. Flow-resistant product, multiple bag liners, differing bag sizes and shapes, varied infeed rate requirements. NBE ETA project execution leverages extensive expertise and resources in material sciences, process feasibility testing, FATs, and SATs to solve application issues often too challenging for other systems.

  • Bag Loading: Whether operators are placing palletized bags into the system using automated methods, or whether the placement of bags is being done manually, operator ergonomics must be an application engineering priority. NBE ETA project engineering staff, in cooperation with the project owner, will work to promote safe and productive operator performance; regardless of the rate or frequency of palletized bag loading requirements.
    • Automated Bag Loading: For applications where high-rate or high-volume bag loading is required, or where manually placing bags is not safe or sustainable for the operator, NBE engineered-to-application project execution will implement the necessary feasibility testing, factory acceptance tests, and site acceptance tests to ensure robotic bag loading systems provide optimal process performance.
    • Manual Bag Loading: When conditions for manual loading of palletized bags for emptying and infeed are determined to be appropriate, NBE application and design engineers may further assess labor procedures and system interactions to identify methods to improve operator ergonomics and safety, such as pallet scissor lifts or a vacuum lift assist devices.
  • Bag Infeed, Incline Conveyor: Automatic infeed to the bag opener is provided by the belted incline conveyor. Process requirements, including bag loading method and infeed yield rate, contribute to determining the optimal run rate for the infeed conveyor. The NBE incline conveyor is controlled by a variable frequency drive, enabling the incline conveyor to automatically pace bag infeed and accurately supply material downstream. Application-specific engineering of the conveyor framework, and proper conveyor belt design and materials of construction, keep operators safe from manual bag emptying efforts while providing reliable product infeed performance.
  • Bag Opener: Engineered to application-specific requirements for package shape, size, and material feed volume; the high-speed, beveled-edge rotating blade sets of the NBE bag opener are vertically or horizontally oriented to ensure all packs are properly opened to provide complete discharge of the contents. Fed by the bag infeed conveyor, this automated bag opening system eliminates labor re-allocation and reduces risk of injury common with manual bag emptying and infeed methods.
  • Rotary Separator: Opened bags from the bag opener fall directly into the rotary separator. The tumbling action of the rotary separator drum removes contents from the opened bags. Angled flights in the separator drum ensure thorough product release from the bag and draw the empty bags out of the drum. Reclaimed contents are screened through the separator drum and collected in the reclaim hopper. Emptied packaging material is discharged from the rotary separator and collected for recycling.
  • Infeed Product Takeaway: Removed and separated from the bag, the process material is collected into the product reclaim hopper. Based on downstream product supply requirements, NBE process-specific design and engineering will provide performance-proven mechanical and automation integration across the fullstream project.
  • Emptied Bag Handling: Emptied and separated from the process material, the opened bag sections are automatically discharged from the rotary separator into a collection devise. The collected bag scrap is packed and prepared for recycling.
  • Dust Collection: Bagged contents, and bag material itself, can create dust during the bag opening, emptying, and infeed processes. The application-specific design, manufacturing, and integration of NBE dust management systems enable the reintroduction to the product stream of collected and filtered process material; improving process yield. Preventing the release of process dust into the workplace helps protect labor from airborne dusts and reduces facility and equipment maintenance.
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