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Automated Feed Bagging System for 50lb. Bags of Alfalfa Pellets

The video below shows an automated feed bagging system that quickly fills and packages multi-wall paper bags with 50lbs. of alfalfa pellets to be used for livestock feed.  This system uses a high-speed net weigh bagger with 2 internal weigh hoppers.

Automated Feed Bagging System - 50lb. bags Alfalfa Pellets

Process Description for the Automated Feed Bagging System

A belt feeder precisely doses 50lbs. of livestock pellets into 1 of the 2 internal weigh hoppers.  Then, the feed is discharged into a bag below.  Bags are automatically spouted using an automatic bag hanger.

automatic bag placer machine and hanger for open mouth bags

Automatic bag hanger: picks up a bag, opens the mouth, and spouts it on the bagger

When they are filled, the bags drop onto the closing conveyor where an operator manually reforms the top of the bag before sending it through a high-speed bag sewing machine.  After sewing, bags are “knocked down” and turned before being conveyed through a bag flattener.  The bags are flattened and then discharged onto a gravity roller conveyor where multiple operators pick up the bags and manually palletize them.

top down view of feed bagging system showing conveyors and palletizing

Top-down view of bagging system showing high-speed sewer, turning conveyor, bag flattener, and palletizing

More Opportunities for Automation

Further automation could be achieved by adding a bag palletizing robot and system at the end of the bagging line, which would provide the fastest return on investment.  Additionally, an automatic bag reformer could be used after a bag drops onto the conveyor and before the high-speed bag sewing machine.  This would help to straighten, or “reform”, a bag top before sewing.

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