Bulk bag discharger.
The Bulk-Out bulk bag discharging station prevents cross-contamination during material changeovers, while eliminating down-time associated with cleaning of hoppers. The discharger features a shuttle system that allows a hopper that has been used to be exchanged for a clean, dry hopper in less than one minute. Each hopper is equipped with a stainless steel rotary valve that meters material into process equipment positioned below the mezzanine. Once empty, a hopper can be rolled within two c-channels to either side of the central filling position for sanitizing offline. Integral support rails on the rotary valve allow the rotor assembly to separate from the valve body for cleaning of all material contact surfaces, and to close securely in seconds without the use of tools. The hopper shuttle system can more than double productivity by allowing one hopper to be filled and discharged while the other hopper and metering valve are cleaned, according to the company. (Flexicon)