Contamination prevention

A new Bulk-Out Bulk Bag Discharging Station from Flexicon prevents cross contamination during material changeovers, while eliminating downtime associated with cleaning of hoppers.

Beneficial for applications involving food allergens, pigments, flavourings and other contamination sensitive materials, the discharger features a shuttle system that allows a hopper that has been used, to be exchanged for a clean, dry hopper in less than one minute.

Each hopper is equipped with a stainless steel rotary valve that meters material into process equipment positioned below the mezzanine. Once empty, a hopper can be rolled within two C-channels to either side of the central filling position for sanitising offline.

Integral support rails on the rotary valve allow the rotor assembly to separate from the valve body for cleaning of all material contact surfaces, and to close securely in seconds without the use of tools.

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