Flexicon Europe Ltd.

Feb. 7, 2005
Bulk bag filler improves worker safety

An all-new bulk bag filler from Flexicon features a pivot-down fill head that enables the operator to connect empty bags at floor level and resume filling operations rapidly, eliminating the need to climb steps, strain to reach overhead connection points, or risk injury associated with operation of conventional bulk bag fillers.

The filler simultaneously lowers and pivots the fill head, stopping it in a vertically-oriented position that places the bag inlet spout inflatable connection, inflator button, and four bag loop latches within one arm's length of an operator, which significantly increases the safety and speed of connecting bulk bags.

The new design eliminates the danger of repeatedly stepping onto and over roller conveyors to access rear bag hooks and spout connection collars, and of standing on the conveyor and bending over with head and arms inserted beneath operational fill head components to pull bag spouts upward over inflatable collars while reaching for bag inflator buttons.

An innovative latch mechanism automatically resets the latch after releasing the bag loops, and re-positions it as the fill head pivots into a vertical position, enabling the latch to receive bag loops easily.