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Plastic Compounding with an Intermediate Bulk Container IBC System

An Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) System is used to prepare a homogeneous dry blend of base polymers and additives before the extrusion phase in a plastic compounding process.  Plastic compounding and toll processing companies first use an IBC system to create a lab formulation or test to confirm final product characteristics before creating a masterbatch.  Once a final product has been confirmed, the same IBC system is used to create a larger batch or production run.

IBC container being raised by forklift

IBC is easily transported by forklift to other discharge stations

This type of set up using an Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) System is also known as a decoupled system because ingredients can be moved, mixed, and blended independently inside the IBCs.

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Alfalfa Pellets Bagging Machines and Systems for 20-110 LB Bags

Alfalfa Pellets

These alfalfa pellets bagging machines and systems are used to efficiently fill 20-110 lb. paper or plastic open mouth bags with a variety of alfalfa pellets and cubes.  Buy just a bagging machine or an entire bagging system that includes a free-standing hopper, bagging scale, conveyors, bag closers, palletizers, and more. These systems are designed to fill 20-110 lb. paper or plastic open mouth bags with alfalfa pellets, with the most popular bag size being 50 lbs.

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Newlong DS-9C Bag Sewing Head

Newlong DS-9C Bag Sewing Head

The Newlong Bag Sewing Machine DS-9C high-speed industrial sewing head is a popular choice for businesses seeking to improve their bag closing operations. In this article, we will explore the key features of the Newlong DS-9C, how it works in conjunction with a power infeed system, and the benefits it brings to bag closing processes.

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The video below shows a pallet stacking robot stacking 50 lb. paper valve bags onto a pallet located on the floor per the programmed bag placement design.  This robot was added to an existing bag filling system to reduce labor costs and increase automation.

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Bagging Livestock Minerals & Supplements into 25, 40, 50 Lb Bags

Robot Stacks Bags on Shipping Pallet

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A co-op in Iowa replaced their existing bagging machine with a high-speed net-weigher used to fill 50Lb craft paper bags with cracked corn and pelleted feeds.

high speed bagging machine added to feed co op in iowa

High-speed bagging machine added to existing packaging system

This cooperative grinds approximately 50,000+ bushels of corn per day at all of their feed mills.  They primarily supply swine feed, but also produce cattle feed and dairy feed.

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50 lb inclusion bag of paint pigment powder tipping onto discharge conveyor

Bag of pigment powder tipping onto discharge conveyor after filling

This semi-automatic system fills batch inclusion bags with blended pigment powders used for road markings. After filling, the bags are conveyed to a palletizing station.

Process Description

Blended pigment powder used for road marking is conveyed to a bucket elevator that discharges it into a 25 cubic foot hopper. Then, the powder flows by gravity into the air chamber of the valve bag air packer.

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This machine automatically reforms or prepares the top of flat, pillow type open mouth bags and guides them into the infeed of a high-speed bag closer or sewing machine.

bag moves through a bag top reformer before sewing

Bag moves through a bag top reformer before sewing

This type of automation can eliminate the need for an operator to manually guide a filled bag into a bag closing system.  It can handle production rates up to 15 bags per minute and typically comes with an automatic bag placer.

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