Bag compactor offers safer operational performance
Published: 28 December 2011 - Neil Mead
Flexicon Europe has developed a Bag Compactor as an integral part of its range of Bad Dump Stations, enabling operators to easily and safely discard and compress up to 80 used bags into a compact neat bundle for subsequent disposal.
The Flexicon Bag Dump Station is said to provide a simple and effective method of manually introducing bagged materials for hopper replenishment or direct feed into a processing line via flexible screw or pneumatic conveyors. As each bag is split and manually emptied into the bag dump station high velocity vacuum fans automatically draw dust away from the operator onto two cartridge filters, protecting workers and preventing plant contamination.
The Bag Compactor brings added safety and improvements to the work area as emptied bags can now be contained within the confines of the machine rather than being discarded into adjacent wire cages. Since the compactor becomes an integral part of the bag dump station any residual dust is also contained within the machine structure preventing escape during the compaction process.
The Bag Compactor can be mounted to either the left or right of the bag dump station and is accessed via a small horizontal letterbox-style flapper in the side panel of the dump station. A pneumatically powered ram compresses the used bags and depending on size and thickness, it is estimated that between 50 and 80 bags can be compacted into a removable polybag lined bin. A full indicator light signals time to remove the bin from the Flexicon Bag Compactor, tie the polybag ready for collection, reline and replace the bin, the final bale size is no larger than 440x440x600mm high.