Erkomat in cooperation with Thrace Polybulk, has introduced a new system that allows the fully automatic filling of big bags. According to the manufacturers, the key benefits of this filling system are high output and low manning, relatively short investment payback time and health/environment and safety advantages. The system also opens up possibilities to centralize filling operations with integrated system suppliers through cooperation which ensures smooth start-up and simpler support.
The empty big-bags are delivered on reel and unrolled to a feeding table where a bag liner is opened with vacuum pads and mechanical gripper. The automatic big-bag placer sets bag to the filling spout, inflating and centring it so that the scale can distribute the product accurately into the big-bag. After filling the liner is heat sealed so that bag is ready for further handling and picked up from conveyor line.
The capacity of the automatic big-bag filling system is depending on the characteristics of products handled. With good flowing products, like granulated fertilizer, the automatic filling system is reaching capacity over 200 big-bags/hour (500-600 kg).
The two companies, Erkomat Oy and Thrace Polybulk, have in close cooperation become the leading global supplier of fully automatic filling systems for FIBCs (also called big-bags or bulk bags).
Erkomat Oy specializes in automation packaging solutions for small sacks and big-bags of various powder and granulated materials. During the last 20 years, Erkomat has delivered many fully automatic big-bag filling systems to manufacturers of fertilizers, fish feeds, metal & mineral powders/aggregates, polyolefin, seeds and the chemical industry.
Thrace Polybulk is a packaging company that has, since the mid 90’s, been producing and supplying the automatic filling lines with FIBC’s on reels and optimizing the logistics of reel-bags further.