OUR FLOUR BAGGERS PAY FOR THEMSELVES
Flour is a core component in a large portion of modern consumer packaged goods, and the food industry needs it in massive quantities at all times of the year. This fact has led flour mills to rethink their operations continually to improve their operational efficiency.
Flour baggers have traditionally been these large clunky machines with hundreds of mechanical parts requiring frequent maintenance. They’re imperfect solutions but milling operations accepted them as necessary evils that were still way better than bagging flour by hand. However, technology has come a long way, and flour baggers are no longer a machine you reluctantly consider. Not only can it improve the speed of your operation and the safety of your employees, but we’ll show you how these machines essentially pay for themselves.
The Dangers And Risks Of Flour Bagging Operations
It’s a well-known fact, flour is highly flammable, and flour dust is even more dangerous since it can cause explosions. A single spark can be enough to cause an absolute disaster on a production floor and put your employees in severe danger.
Traditional flour baggers produce a lot of vibration when they operate which is obviously not ideal for a product like flour that kicks up dust the more it’s subject to movement. Add in mechanical components that can create sparks when not properly calibrated, and it’s no wonder flour mills put improving workplace safety as their number one priority.
Not only is flour dust dangerous, but it also represents lost product that you can’t put in a bag and sell. It might seem negligible at first, but these small amounts really start to add up when you work in a high-volume industry like flour milling.
Flour bagging machines are also notorious for not being very precise. Traditional machines rely on very general calibrations that often end up being a few ounces or pounds over the typical 50lbs bag. Again, one pound here and there isn’t the end of the world, but we’ve helped some companies who were losing up to 25 truckloads of product every year by thinking this way!
Servomotors Make A More Efficient Flour Bagger
With our CHRONOS PTF series open-mouth bagger, we knew we had to take a completely different approach to achieve the results we knew were possible. We wanted a machine that was extremely fast, required little to no maintenance, but most of all, we wanted to make flour bagging completely dust-free.
Our flour baggers are built almost entirely using servomotors, making our machines almost free of vibrations and extremely quiet. No vibration means a great reduction in flour dust during the bagging process. Additionally, the bagging station is enclosed within the machine, which means any residue is very easy to handle with a simple venting unit.
Using servomotors also has one major advantage, it allows our flour baggers to achieve 98% uptime. These aren’t your typical mechanical parts that break out of nowhere, forcing you to stop operations to repair the entire machine.
Your flour bagger will constantly alert you to the parts of your machine that are prone to overheat, or that might be close to replacement. You’ll be able to continually monitor the performance of your bagger between every single run and calibrate it to ensure peak output rates. We’re also constantly updating and improving the software controlling the servomotors so your machine will actually become better with age.
A Different Flour Bagging Method
The biggest innovation on our flour bagging machines comes in the way bags are filled. Typical flour baggers are imprecise because they bag from the top, leading to random measurements and frequent overfilling of bags.
Our flour bagger fills bags from the bottom with a spout to ensure no product is lost and dust is kept to a minimum. The bag is then brought to a second station to top up the bag, ensuring ultra-precise measurements. Most flour baggers have an error margin calculated in ounces or even pounds, ours is a few grams. All this while maintaining a rate of 18-20 50lbs bags per minute.
A Better Flour Bagger
Losing product would be unacceptable in any other industry, but flour bagging has come to accept it as a necessary evil. Those days are over.
Our client North Dakota Mill actually had to adapt their production line to have more output because our flour bagger was too efficient and quick. Wouldn’t that be a nice problem to have?