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How to Improve Your Bulk Bag Unloading System


If you store your products in bulk bags, you need an efficient bulk bag unloading system. While it may seem anyone should know how to unload an FIBC bulk bag, an effective unloading system for FIBC bulk bags can save you a considerable amount of time and money.

Traditional Bulk Bag Unloading System

The old unloading system for FIBC bulk bags was not really a system at all, going something like this:

  • Factories stored the bulk bags on pallets, which they loaded onto a truck using a forklift, hand jack or other basic factory inventory transporting tools.
  • The truck took the bags to their final location, where typically multiple employees loaded these heavy bags off the truck and onto new pallets in the production building, where someone then moved them to a reactor using another forklift or similar machine.
  • They manually cut open the bag and dumped the product into the reactor.

As you can see, this process was extremely laborious, taking a tremendous amount of time, using up way too much manpower, and creating a strain on employees.

Modern, More Efficient Bulk Bag Unloading System

Today’s savvy production systems make use of a dedicated bulk bag unloader, ideally paired with a vacuum conveying system, to streamline the process and dramatically reduce time and manpower. The bulk bag unloader does most of the work formerly done by forklifts and people. A hoist and trolley bulk bag unloader that includes loss-in-weight measurement allows you to feed your material to a downstream conveyor.

An automatic bag agitator assembly shakes out the compacted material as it flows evenly and smoothly through the process. The vacuum conveying system moves the product along without the need to physically handle the bulk bags, which means a reduced health and safety risk to employees as well as a reduction in product loss and housekeeping issues.

Batch controls for the system allow an operator to run the entire system manually or automatically from a safe distance while monitoring the whole process to make sure it runs smoothly. The end result is a streamlined process that’s safer, faster and more economical than the old manpower and forklift method.

Quality Bulk Bag Unloading With Quality Bulk Bags

Of course, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a bulk bag unloading system without making sure you have quality bulk bags to use with it. You want bulk bags that are tough enough to protect your product while resisting moisture and mildew. Midwestern Bag’s FIBC bulk bags made from virgin woven polypropylene are the perfect complement to a state-of-the-art bulk bag unloading system. To learn more about maximizing your operation using bulk bags, visit Midwestern Bag & Supply and request a free quote today.


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