Stainless steel, food grade IBC containers store, transport, and discharge drink mixes and hydration powders into a sachet packing machine.
Powdered ingredients for drink mixes and rehydration powders are uniformly mixed using a ribbon blender. When mixing is complete, the blended powder is discharged by gravity into a stainless steel, food grade IBC container located below the mixer. An operator then retrieves the full IBC using a forklift and moves it to a staging location near the packaging area.
When ready, the operator moves a full IBC container and lowers it onto a discharge station located above the powder sachet packing machine. Guides on the discharge station assist the forklift operator with alignment. An IBC outlet engages into the station’s top line and the cone valve inside the IBC locates onto the station’s central probe. This creates a dust tight seal between the IBC and the discharge station. This same discharge station is also used to refill a larger packaging machine used to fill 1 Lb bags with a hot chocolate powder drink mix.
The cone valve inside the IBC discharges blended powders accurately into a conical hopper located at the top of the packing machine, while avoiding segregation or bridging. The seal between the IBC and the discharge station, as well as the existing dust collection system help to minimize dust in the packaging area.
When the stainless steel IBC container is empty, an operator retrieves it and transports it back to the ribbon blender for refilling, if the same powder mix is going to be used. If not, the empty IBC is taken to an IBC washing and drying area for washdown and cleaning.
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