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What is Bulk Material Handling?

September 15, 2016

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       If you’re asking the question ‘What is Bulk Material Handling’ you are likely new to process manufacturing or looking to solve a current need in your production process.  Either way, we can help.  At Spiroflow we’ve been helping customers with their bulk material handling needs for over 45 years.  So we’d like to share a few insights with you. The term ‘bulk material handling’ generally refers to the engineering involved in designing mechanical equipment to handle and process bulk materials.  Bulk powders, granules, flakes or pellets are supplied and delivered in a variety of different containers.  These are typically […]

Problems with Flexible Screw Conveyors: Finding the Best Setup

September 12, 2016

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So, you’re in the market for a flexible screw conveyor? Are you also wondering what the problems with flexible screw conveyors can be? Here at Spiroflow, we have been helping processors move materials for more than 45 years. The flexible screw conveyor (FSC) is the product that launched this company. It’s fair to say that we know FSCs pretty well! We listen closely to our customers and do our best to solve any issues that come up. This article will examine the most common problems processors have with flexible screw conveyors and we’ll also talk about solutions. Flexible Screw Conveyor [...]

Benefits of a Flexible Screw Conveyor: Construction, Capabilities & Performance

September 9, 2016

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Every year we talk to hundreds of processors around the world, and one of the first things they ask us is, 'What are the benefits of a flexible screw conveyor?' This is a great question because you want to make sure you choose the right conveyor that you can depend on to meet your requirements safely and reliably. And for that to happen, you’ll need to choose the right conveyor with the right specifications to do the job. We get it! This article will explain the benefits of flexible screw conveyors so that you can decide if it is the right conveyor [...]

What is the Best Spiral for Your Flexible Screw Conveyor?

September 8, 2016

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Are you interested in a flexible screw conveyor? Do you want to know what the best spiral is to convey your material? You’ve come to the right place. At Spiroflow, we’ve been helping processors convey materials with flex screws for over 45 years. In fact, it’s the product that launched our company! There are several types of spiral profile that can be used - each designed for a specific purpose. Regardless of what screw or spiral is used, flexible screw conveyors offer gentle, dust-free handling for thousands of materials. The spirals inside the tubes are typically made from carbon steel or [...]

How Much Does a Bulk Bag Filler Cost?

September 6, 2016

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Here at Spiroflow, we receive dozens of calls every day from customers searching for the best bulk bag filler for their application. And nearly every one of these customers has one critical question on their mind: “How much can I expect to pay for a bulk bag filler?” Having provided bulk bag fillers to customers around the world for over 45 years, we understand how frustrating it can be getting an answer to that question. To be fair, finding such an answer online can be very difficult, primarily because there are so many factors that can influence the final price [...]

Spiroflow Announces Hygienic Heavy Duty Chain Drag Conveyor for the Food Industry

August 31, 2016

Spiroflow's Chainflow Tubular Chain Drag Conveyor

In response to the ever-increasing needs of the food industry, Spiroflow has launched the new Chainflow chain drag conveyor.  The hygienic heavy-duty, totally enclosed, dust-free chain drag conveyor economically conveys dry powders and granules particularly fragile materials such as coffee beans, cereals, specialty breakfast cereals, nuts, dried fruit, grains, dry soup mix, candy, small cookies, baby formula powder, pet food, animal feed, and more.  Processors can easily convey or batch ingredients with the crevice-free design. Chainflow is a tubular drag conveyor that, by definition, is configured in a loop or circuit.  Ultra strong 304 or 316 stainless steel chain is […]

Bulk Bag Conditioning

June 7, 2016

Bulk Bag Conditioner Case Study
Spiroflow's Bulk Bag Conditioner Bulk Bag Conditioning is an important step in the process of bulk bag discharging. Bulk bag conditioning is used to break up bulk materials that have solidified during storage or transportation. Our bulk bag conditioners take up minimal floor space allowing them to be placed nearly anywhere. Here is how our bulk bag conditioning system helped one of our customers optimize inefficiencies in their process. Ingredients Handled      Trimethoxyamphetamine (TMA), Phthalic Anhydride and Adipic acid. Our Customer  Our customer offers a complete spectrum of vinyl, polyethylene, thermoplastic and related compounds and has a 50+ year history in polymer [...]

Bulk Bag Discharger Weigh Batching

June 7, 2016

Bulk Bag Discharger Weigh Batching A weigh batching bulk bag discharger system can improve batching efficiency and reduce ingredient and handling costs. A loss-in-weight bulk bag batching system includes a bulk bag discharger whose outlet is directly coupled to a feed control device such as a flexible screw conveyor. The feed device is typically supported by the bulk bag discharger support structure. A microprocessor based batch weigh controller is also included in any system. The following information is required to design a bulk bag unloader batching system: Batch size (min. and max.) Time to dispense batch (min. and max.) Tamped and untamped ingredient bulk density There [...]

Bulk Bag Filling Saves Money

March 20, 2016

Bulk Bag Filling  can save your company money, if you are doing it right. Application: Bulk Bag Filling Overview:  A plant ships a powder product in bulk bags.  The bulk bag filling operation was under review due to a number of problems including unstable filled bulk bags, weighing inaccuracy, and low throughput. Situation:  Spiroflow analyzed the plant’s filling process focusing on bulk bag design, storage and shipping, filling equipment, and the financial impact of the bulk bag filling operation. Ingredient:  At 55 lb./ft.3 the product sells for $0.50/lb. Bulk Bag:  The bulk bags hold 2,200 lbs. of product with an area of 40 ft³. [...]

Bulk Material Handling Solutions at Foodex

March 10, 2016

Award-winning Spiroflow will showcase its latest state-of-the-art bulk material handling and process conveying solutions for moving food ingredients during the Foodex Show at the NEC in Birmingham (April 18-20). Transferring food powders, flakes and granules from one area to another for processing, packaging and distribution requires a system that is fast, easy to route, has few moving parts, leaves minimal residue and provides dust-tight operation – all essential when dealing with potentially combustible material.  As well as providing a comprehensive range of equipment and testing facilities, an outstanding level of customer service is part and parcel of Spiroflow’s ATEX approved conveying and […]