Bulk Material Handling Equipment Improves Fill and Weigh Accuracy When Drum, Gaylord, and Bulk Bag Filling

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National Bulk Equipment, Inc. (NBE). NBE introduces a single-station, bulk container filling system for drums, cartons, totes, gaylords, bulk bags and other bulk material handling containers. The NBE bulk container filling system advances beyond conventional rotating fillhead designs to provide container-specific filling, densification, and NTEP-certified weighing.

station, bulk container filling system for drums, cartons, totes, gaylords, bulk bags and other bulk material handling containers. The NBE bulk container filling system advances beyond conventional rotating fillhead designs to provide container-specific filling, densification, and NTEP-certified weighing.

The NBE bulk container filling system has a proprietary densification design integrating two densifying methods. This NBE design enables varied container types to be processed through the same fill station. The NBE design ensures precise fill volume and weigh accuracy, optimal line speed, reduced material waste, and minimal operator involvement.

When in the multiple container mode, the NBE bulk container filling system uses an automated, vibratory densifier pad to individually densify each drum on a pallet. The densifier arm and pad automatically extends from the unit to densify one drum at a time. When a drum fill/densification cycle is complete the pallet deck rotates to repeat the cycle with each drum on the pallet. This one-by-one densification eliminates the problems common with rotating fillhead designs that vibrate the entire base of the unit; these problems include drums bouncing out of the unit, and operators reaching into equipment during densification to stabilize drums.

When in the single container mode, the NBE bulk container filling system uses a deck-only vibratory densifier for large, single containers such as gaylords, totes, and bulk bags. The NBE design isolates 3 Gs of vertical vibration force to the deck of the unit rather than vibrating the entire base of the station. This isolated vibration concentrates the vibratory effect to the container enabling precise material fill volume and weigh accuracy. The isolated vibration also eliminates the damaging and annoying transfer of vibration to surrounding equipment and work areas common with conventional densifiers.

The NBE bulk container filling system is designed with a completely integrated, NTEP-certified weigh system. A single, UL listed, menu-driven controller, designed and built by NBE, meters material feed rates based on container type, material type, densification cycles, and finished package weight. The NBE bulk container filling system can weigh containers with capacities from 250 to 4,000 pounds to an accuracy of plus/minus .01%. The NBE NTEP-certified weigh system eliminates material waste common with manual designs. Operator interaction is limited to controller operation and container loading and unloading.

About National Bulk Equipment, Inc. (NBE)
NBE specializes in the design, engineering, and production of bulk material handling equipment and fully automated bulk material processing systems for discharging, filling, mixing, weighing, storing, and conveying dry bulk materials. NBE material handling equipment and automated systems applications include chemical, powder, plastics, and food processing industries as well as general manufacturing, and recycling and reclamation. For more information, visit: nbe-inc.com.

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