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06.11.2017 Explosion-proof bag dump station

Flexicon Europe, Whitstable, UK, has introduced a new bag dump station with explosion-proof electrical system which contains dust emitted from manual dumping activities, compacts empty bags and conveys the material to a downstream process – if necessary at an elevated level.
Bags are transferred through a plastic strip curtain into a hooded glove box and on to a grate, which supports the bag and prevents unintended operator contact with moving parts. The hood is equipped with a polycarbonate skylight that illuminates the interior of the enclosure for improved bag slitting, dumping and disposal. A bag infeed chute through the sidewall of the glove box permits the operator to pass empty bags directly into an integral bag compactor, causing dust generated from compaction as well as dumping activities to be drawn on to the system's two filter cartridges. 
The automatic reverse-pulse filter cleaning system employs timer-activated solenoid valves to release short blasts of compressed plant air inside the cartridges, causing dust build-up on the outer filter surfaces to fall into the hopper, conserving usable product. Filters are readily accessed by removing the interior baffle, and replaced rapidly using quick-disconnect fittings. The compactor employs a pneumatic air cylinder that compresses bags into a removable polybag-lined bin that accommodates 50-80 used bags. 
Flexicon’s explosion-protected bag dump station

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