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Bulk Materials Handling Process Integration
Application Case Studies

Bulk Bag Dischargers

Sanitary Bulk Bag Unloader with CPG Container Filling System Reduces Changeover Times and Provides Optimized Throughput for Packaging of Various Powders into Multiple Container Sizes

Sanitary Bag Unloader and Container FillerThis bulk bag unloader system conditions and discharges various semi free-flowing, hygroscopic, contaminable powders at a rate of 8,000 lbs/hr, while feeding the powders to the end-of-line container filling system.

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Bulk Material Handling System Feeds, Meters, and Blends Dry and Liquid Ingredients at a Process Rate of 12,000 lbs. per hour

Bulk Material Handling SystemThis integrated, bulk material handling system feeds, meters, and blends very free-flowing dry bulk material and liquid minor ingredients at a 12,000 lb./hr. blended-material process rate.

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RFID-driven Weighing and Batching System Increases Process Throughput by 80%; Eliminates Operator Repetitive Motion Interaction with Equipment

Explosion Proof Bulk Bag Discharging SystemThis fully integrated bulk material handling system uses RFID-driven process communications to automate simultaneous batching of multiple, and varied, chemical mixtures during a single processing operation.

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Bulk Bag Unloader, Handling Caustic Material, Uses Enclosed, 4-stage Process to Condition Compressed Material and Prepare Material for Downstream Processing

Explosion Proof Bulk Bag Discharging SystemThis bulk bag unloader system, handling highly caustic, severely agglomerated material, operates as a closed process; ensuring the protection of operators from migrant, airborne material and eliminating the possibility for contamination of material in-process.

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5-station Bulk Bag Unloader System Safely and Accurately Discharges 12 Million Pounds/Year of Combustible Input Ingredients

Explosion Proof Bulk Bag Discharging SystemThis 5-station, bulk bag unloader system combines high-capacity structural construction with a centralized controls and automation architecture to safely and accurately supply to downstream process operations a total of 12 million pounds/year of five, combustible input ingredients.

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Polycarbonate-Encased Bulk Bag Unloader with Explosion Protection Design Reduces Process Area Contamination; Controls Combustible Dusts

Explosion Proof Bulk Bag Discharging SystemThis bulk bag unloader system is designed for use in highly contaminant-sensitive process areas handling bulk materials known to generate combustible dusts. A 9.525mm, polycarbonate encasement surrounds the bulk bag unloader to prevent migrant dusts that piggyback on the exterior of bulk bags from becoming airborne and entering the work zone during bag conditioning and bag collapse.

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USDA, 3-A, FDA and BISSC Compliant Bulk Bag Discharging System Speeds Cleaning, Simplifies Inspection In Food and Pharmaceutical Packaging Operations

Bulk Bag Discharging System for Food and Pharmaceutical PackagingThis NBE bulk bag discharging system, designed and built specifically for food and pharmaceutical processing and packaging operations, helps ensure compliance with domestic and international sanitary standards. Application-specific construction, including 304-2b stainless steel framework, with continuous weld seams ground to a No. 4 finish, enables CIP sanitizing.

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Protect People, Product, and Process Operations from Airborne Dust
and Contaminants During Bulk Bag Discharging

E3 Bulk Bag Discharger Spout Interface Seals Contaminants and Protects Facilities From Airborne ContaminantsThe NBE E3™ bulk bag discharge spout interface protects operators and facilities from exposure to airborne material dusts that can often escape during bulk bag spouting. The NBE E3 closed-cycle dust recovery system secures and encloses the bag spout within a sealed containment cylinder. The sealed cylinder then lowers to elongate the spout and form the bag into a conical shape, aiding in complete material discharge from the bulk bag. The sealed cylinder also works to protect the material, and the total process operation, from the introduction of migrant contaminants.

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NBE Severe-Duty Bulk Bag Discharging System Crushes Rock-hard Materials
to Provide Complete, and Contamination-free Discharge Directly into
the Customer's Existing Material Conveying System

Severe Duty Bulk Bag Discharging SystemA leading pharmaceutical company had serious dry bulk material handling challenges discharging a primary ingredient into their system due to the condition of the material packaged in bulk bags.

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NBE's Automated Bag Discharger Provides Loss-in-Weight Feeding of Various Food Ingredients in a Safe and Efficient Manner

Automated Bulk Bag DischargerA multi-national household products conglomerate had an application to introduce a dry powder, methyl cellulose, into a liquid mix tank without agglomerates or fisheyes. Methyl cellulose is a finely divided, extremely hygroscopic powder that has poor flow properties. It is used as a thickening or extending agent.

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Bulk Bag Unloader with E3 Dispensing System

Bulk Bag Unloader with E3 Dispensing SystemE3 bag spout interface bulk bag discharger system installed to reduce material dust, product loss, production downtime, and other material handling issues associated with a customer’s bulk carbon black unloading process.

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Bulk Bag Fillers

Bulk Bag Filler Designed for Operation in Extremely Harsh Process Environments Has Corrosion-resistant Structural Framework and Specially Treated Components and Controls to Withstand Caustic Material and Severe Temperature; Provides 30,000 lb./hr. Process Rate

Corrosion-resistant Bulk Bag Filler SystemNBE introduces this automated, bulk bag filling system specifically designed to ensure extended duty cycles in extremely demanding operating environments. This NBE bulk bag filler is built on a corrosion-resistant, hot-dip galvanized, stainless steel and carbon steel structural framework. Component assemblies, such as the hydraulic and pneumatic systems, are also constructed of stainless steel and have chrome-coated rods and subassemblies to ensure long-term resistance to corrosion and oxidation. Automation controls, system utilities, and connectors are hermetically sealed to prevent damage from contact with liquids and material contaminants.

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Bulk Material Handling and Packaging System Built On An Integrated Construction and Controls Infrastructure Improves Process Performance; Reduces Total Cost of Ownership

Bulk Material Handling and Packaging SystemNBE introduces this automated, bulk material handling and packaging system built on the NBE integrated construction and controls infrastructure. The complete process sequence, including: pallet/base supply, slipsheet pick-and-placement, bulk material infeed, packaged contents isolated densification, NTEP-certified weighing, and finished-package accumulation conveyance operates on paired, process-specific structural framework chassis with all automation and control functions centralized to a single, menu-driven HMI to enable standardized and system-wide data reporting.

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Bulk Bag Filler System Uses Integrated, NTEP-certified Weigh Device to Ensure Filled Bag Weights are Accurate to +/- .01%; Automated Process Runs 24,000 lbs./hour

Bulk Bag Filler System with NTEP-certified Base Weigh and Full AutomationThis bulk bag filler system, handling irregular, non free-flowing, adhesive material, is specifically designed to ensure the filled weight of each bulk bag is accurate to +/- .01% of the 2,000-pound, filled-bag capacity. To support a total process rate of 24,000 lbs./hour, this bulk bag filler uses an automated, NTEP-certified weigh device linked to the system-wide, central HMI, designed and built by NBE.

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Automated Bulk Bag Filling Operation Minimizes Operator Interaction, Assures Accurate Filled Bulk Bag Weights

Bulk Bag Filler System with NTEP-certified Base Weigh and Full AutomationThis NBE, automated bulk bag filling system processes and packages fast, free-flowing, dust-generating material that is static-charged and an explosion hazard. Processed material is transferred from upstream supply to the NBE bulk bag filler station. The physical ergonomic design of the bulk bag fill station helps maintain ideal operator posture for safe, efficient operation.

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NTEP-certified Weigh System for Bulk Bag Filling Ensures Accurate,
Repeatable Weighing to +/- .01% of Total Bulk Bag Fill Weight

NTEP-certified base weighing for NBE Bulk Bag Filler SystemThis fully automated, NBE bulk bag filling system provides NTEP-certified bulk bag weighing, accurate to +/- .01% up to a total bulk bag fill weight of 4,500 pounds. NBE design-stage integration of NTEP-certified weigh devices, and proper calibration and fabrication during original system construction, ensure precise, NTEP-certified weigh accuracy and repeatability.

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Intelligently Designed Bulk Bag Filler Maximizes Bulk Filling While Minimizing Operator Handling and Involvement

NBE Bulk Bag Filler SystemNBE’s automated bulk bag fillers are engineered for accurate, repeatable, and dust-free material filling while maximizing the productivity of the material filling and downstream processing operations.

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Container Dischargers

Bulk Material Blending System Aids In Process GMP Validation; Provides Precise, Automated Performance; Improves Operator Safety

Bulk Material Blending and Discharging SystemThis fully automated, self-contained, bulk material mixing system blends a combination of five, highly caustic, free flowing powdered additives with a sluggish flowing, high dusting base ingredient.

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Food-grade, Fully Automated Bulk Material Handling System Ensures Compliance-readiness at Start-up of Wash-in-Place Application

Food-Grade Bulk Material Discharging SystemThis fully automated, food-grade bulk material handling system was built to be compliance-ready at start-up and to conform to the specific, regulated processes and practices of the wash-in-place (WIP) application. The integrated system, including: powered infeed conveyor; 2,000 lb.-capacity container lift carriage; 304-2b stainless steel custom discharge hood, surge hopper, and vibratory conveyor is structurally designed with angled-plane, rounded-radius framework and highly finished plate to reduce solids build-up and speed moisture removal.

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Sanitary Construction Features of Heavy-duty Tote Dumper Enable FDA, USDA, 3-A, and BISSC Compliance; Features Also Support Multiple Process Practice Protocols

NBE Sanitary Tote Dumper for FDA, USDA, 3-A and BISSC Bulk Material Discharging ApplicationsThis NBE sanitary tote dumper is designed specifically for food processing and pharmaceutical processing applications where compliance with FDA, USDA, 3-A, BISSC, or international standards is required.

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Fully Automated, Self-contained Bulk Material Handling System Reduces Operator Interaction; Increases Process Capacity to 12,000 Pounds per Hour

Automated Container Discharging and Material Conveying System with NTEP-certified WeighThis fully automated, self-contained, bulk material handling system completely manages material from the introduction stage, through discharge and conditioning, to downstream supply of finished material into manufacturing operations. Human interaction is limited to container loading and removal.

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Precision Material Handling System Moves Highly Fragile Food Product at a Rate of 12,000 Pounds Per Hour

Automated Container Discharging and Material Conveying System with NTEP-certified WeighThis NBE automated material handling system provides a total process solution for moving highly fragile food product through multiple process operations into bulk storage for temporary holding prior to final packaging. At a process rate of 12,000 pounds per hour, bulk totes of the food product are nested into a lift carriage; the tote is sealed to a custom-designed discharge hood. The tote is vertically conveyed, using 1-1/2 inch, solid 304 stainless steel track and cam rollers, to a 23-foot discharge height.

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High-Lift Lift & Seal Box Discharger

High-Left & Seal Box DischargerA manufacturer of engineered composites uses chopped strand fiberglass with binders in their manufacturing process. The facility has four production lines, each of which uses the chopped fiberglass.

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Intelligent Lift & Seal Container Discharger Automatically Dispenses Bulk Material by Sensing Downstream Production Needs

Intelligent Lift & Seal Container DischargerThe NBE process and design engineering teams put into place a bulk system to automate, and fully integrate the bulk material introduction and handling, as well as the material transfer operations of the processing line. The system includes NBE lift & seal container dischargers, incline belt conveyors, and touch screen PLCs running production-line specific programs developed by NBE.

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Dust-free, Contamination-free and Complete Material Discharge of Non-free Flowing Material Directly From the Customer’s Container to Their Process is Achieved on a Consistent and Repeatable Basis

High Lift DischargerMinimizing horizontal surfaces and areas for material and contaminates to collect while providing a rugged construction to withstand the harsh plant environment and required duty cycle of the equipment were mutual design challenges NBE solved with this 5000 pound capacity container discharger.

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Mixing & Blending

Bulk Material Preparation System Requires Explosion Protection Design for Combustible Dusts Generated During Material Processing

Explosion Proof Agitator HopperDesigned specifically for handling bulk materials known to generate combustible dust, this agitator hopper is constructed with explosion protection and control features, including: an explosion venting system, calculated on a Kst value of 170 and Pmax of 9.5, to direct and release overpressure to prepared areas. Hopper construction includes reinforced walls and a reinforced cover, and is rated for 4.5 PSI internal pressure.

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High-volume Mixing System Blends 25,000 Pounds Per Hour of Semi Free-flowing Materials to Produce Accurate, Homogenous Blends

High-volume Automated Bulk Material Mixing System for Homogeneous MixesThis NBE high-volume material mixing system is fully integrated with twin, high-speed, 2,500-pound capacity box dumpers; and two, 8-inch diameter discharge spouts to completely process, from introduction to downstream supply, 25,000 pounds per hour of homogeneously blended material.

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Automated Bulk Material Mixing System Produces Highly Homogenous Blends;
Virtually Eliminating Production Scrap

Automated Bulk Material Mixing System for Homogeneous MixesDesigned specifically for fully automated introduction, transfer, mixing, and blending of multiple, sluggish materials; this NBE, integrated mixing system produces such homogenous blends that downstream production scrap is virtually eliminated.

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Mechanical Conveying

Multiple Mechanical Conveying Methods Use Integrated Automation to Move Non Free-flowing, Dissimilar Material from Infeed to Downstream Processing

Multiple Stage Conveying and Discharging SystemMultiple mechanical conveying methods are integrated into this automated bulk material handling system to move highly fibrous, non free-flowing material from infeed to discharge, from material conditioning to supply metering, and from metering to downstream processing.

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Mechanical Conveying System Increases Process Efficiency with Integrated Batch Weighing System Accurate to +/- .01% of Total Batch Weight

Mechanical Conveyor and NTEP-certified Batch Weighing SystemNBE mechanical conveying systems for bulk material containers and packaging are critical to the effective transfer of material during production operations. Whether moving material containers into or out of production, conveying containers from process to process, or from processing to packaging, NBE mechanical conveying systems ensure material is moved efficiently and accurately.

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Automated Material Handling System Ensures Reliable, Repeatable Supply of Non Free-Flowing Material to Downstream Processes

Automated Bulk Material Handling and Conveying SystemDesigned specifically for fully automated handling and processing of highly abrasive, non free-flowing metal flake material, this NBE, self-contained bulk material handling system ensures reliable, repeatable material supply to integrated feeders that meter material for introduction to an inline briquetter. Processed briquettes are conveyed downstream for reclamation.

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Pneumatic Conveying

Pneumatic Conveying of Highly Caustic, Corrosive Material Requires Protection of Operator and Equipment

Explosion Proof Bulk Bag Discharging SystemThis pneumatic conveying system, specially treated to transfer a highly corrosive, granular material, uses integrated automation to minimize human exposure to the material and to optimize process efficiency with the upstream bulk bag unloading system.

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Bulk Storage

Bulk Material Packaging Operation Uses Three, High-capacity Storage Vessels To Ensure 50,000 pound/hour Process Rate

Bulk Material StorageThis self-contained, high-volume bulk material packaging system processes up to 50,000 pounds/hour of combustible materials of varied physical characteristics, including: interlocking flakes and free-flowing, friable rods. Process operations include: material discharge from bulk bags; material introduction from belt flaker units; enclosed, vertical conveying; high-capacity bulk storage; material conditioning; and packaging into bulk bags.

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