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intermediate bulk containers or ibc

Blend metal powders evenly inside a stainless steel intermediate bulk container.

Prevent powder bridging, rat holing, or segregation with a cone valve that is integrated into the bottom of each IBC container!

Stainless steel intermediate bulk containers and IBC blending systems are a special type of custom blending equipment that are widely used in various industries for their durability and functionality in bulk powder processing. These containers are designed to store and transport large volumes of powders, liquids, and granules in a safe and secure manner.

These types of powder blending systems are constructed using high-quality finished stainless steel, making them strong, corrosion-resistant, and easy-to-clean. They are available in various sizes and shapes and can be custom designed to fit specific metal powder handling requirements. Stainless steel IBC containers and systems are a popular choice for industries that require powder mixing solutions for the bulk processing of powders, such as powder metallurgy, chemical, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, toll blending, and food industries.

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robotic depalletizer and bag opening system for chemical powders

One of our manufacturers recently designed and implemented an automatic depalletizer and bag dump station for a customer in the chemical industry. The system involves a robot depalletizer that unstacks 50 lb. bags of chemical powders from a shipping pallet located to the left and right side of the robot.  The bags are picked up 3 at a time and placed 1 at a time on a conveyor that transports them to an inclined belt conveyor that discharges them into automatic bag dump station. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of the system, explain how the robot depalletizer system works using a vision system, and outline the features and benefits of the system.

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What is ratholing in powder flow?

rat holing of powder in hoppers bins ibc containerRatholing occurs in hoppers, bins, and intermediate bulk containers when cohesive powders with interlocking particles build up or cake on the walls or sides of the container.  This occurs more frequently when powders are discharged using a butterfly valve or slide valve and the powder flow takes place directly above the outlet.  This creates a funnel flow effect where the cohesive powders flow directly above the outlet, but eventually build up on the sides reducing or stopping flow and powder discharge all together. This results in increased processing time including container disassembly and cleaning.

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bagging machine fills 25 lb bags with horse pellets

Tinsley Equipment Company recently performed a test run for a new feed producer that was interested in bagging horse pellets into 25 lb bags.

These type of supplement horse pellets were made of coastal hay and measured about ¼-1/2” in diameter and about 1 inch long.  The producer farms different types of coastal hay and Bermuda grasses and wanted to learn more about the bagging and packaging process.

horse pellets or hay pellets for feed supplement

Horse pellets (or hay pellets) used for feed supplement

To run the test, Tinsley Equipment Company set up a 25 cubic foot bagger supply hopper, a digital gross weigh bagging machine with a pneumatic bag clamp, a temporary box platform under the scale to support the filled bag, and then a table for manual bag top folder over and handheld sewing.  Closed bags were manually transported and stacked on pallets resting on a truck trailer.  Finished pallets were manually wrapped and secured to the trailer before transporting them to a feed store for final sale.

 

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code printer for lot batch numbers and codes on bags

Lot / batch code and date printed on bottom part of bag after passing print head

This inkjet code printer was put to the test in an animal feed and minerals packaging line. Multi-wall open mouth paper bags, filled with animal feed are sewn shut.  Then, they pass in front of the code printer on a conveyor before robotic palletizing. As each bag passes the code printer, a lot code and date are printed on the bottom part of the bag.  Each of these unique codes helps to identify when the batch of product was produced and packaged.

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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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