Flexicon Corporation (Australia) introduces an automated plant-wide weigh batching system that can simultaneously weigh up to seven major ingredients received in bulk bags and unlimited minor ingredients received in 23kg sacks, pails or boxes.
The Flexicon-engineered plant-wide weigh batching systems also convey weighed batches to a downstream blender that feeds a bulk bag filler and a paper sack filling machine.
System components supplied by Flexicon include:
- 5 loss-of-weight Bulk-Out bulk bag dischargers with large surge hoppers and rotary airlock valves
- 2 loss-of-weight Bulk-Out bulk bag dischargers with small surge hoppers and flexible screw conveyors
- 2 loss-of-weight bag dump stations with flexible screw conveyors
- Check-weighing hopper
- Twin-Centrepost bulk bag filler
- Pneumati-con dilute-phase pneumatic conveying system including blower, filter receiver and conveying lines
- Programmable controls package
Each of the large surge hoppers accommodates the entire contents of a bulk bag containing a major ingredient, allowing operators sufficient time to load full bags into the frame as material is removed at high rates through a common pneumatic line terminating at the filter receiver.
The smaller surge hoppers on the loss-of-weight Bulk-Out bulk bag dischargers provide sufficient capacity to allow reloading of major ingredients conveyed at lower rates by small diameter flexible screw conveyors, facilitating higher accuracy than possible with large rotary airlocks.
The loss-of-weight flexible screw conveyors also convey minor ingredients, which are tipped manually at either of two tipping stations equipped with vacuum filtration systems to contain airborne dust.
All flexible screw conveyors discharge into a common check-weighing transition hopper mounted on load cells that confirm batch accuracy before feeding the material through a rotary airlock into the pneumatic line.
The filter receiver discharges weighed material into a mezzanine-level, high capacity blender mounted on load cells, providing confirmation of final batch weight. Blended batches are gravity discharged into the paper sack filling machine or the bulk bag filler, both at floor level.
In addition to weigh batching systems, Flexicon also manufactures standalone mechanical conveyors, pneumatic conveying systems, bulk bag conditioners, bulk bag dischargers, bulk bag fillers, drum/box/container tippers, manual tipping stations and programmable controls.
Equipment of other manufacturers can be integrated into the company's engineered systems.