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Article | March 26, 2013
Flexicon Corporation: Sanitary box dumper
The all-new TIP-TITE Sanitary Box Dumper from Flexicon forms a dust-tight seal between the container and the equipment, tips the container, and discharges bulk material at controlled rates.
The unit is intended for dumping of bulk foods, pharmaceuticals and contamination-sensitive chemicals from boxes weighing up to 2500 lbs. (1134 kg) and measuring 36- to 48-in. (915 to 1220 mm) on a side and 39- to 44-in. (990 to 1117 mm) in height. The container platform is raised by dual hydraulic cylinders, creating a dust-tight seal between the top edge of a box and the underside of a discharge hood. Twin hydraulic cylinders then pivot the platform-hood assembly, with dust-tight seal intact, to 45, 60 or 90 degrees beyond horizontal. A motion-dampening feature is included at the termination of container rotation. A pneumatically-actuated slide gate at the discharge end of the cone controls the flow of material into storage vessels or process equipment. An optional, gasketted discharge gate actuated by twin pneumatic cylinders, provides a large opening with chute for the passage of larger objects or non-free-flowing bulk solids that may otherwise bridge across smaller openings, and allows control of material discharge.
The dumper is constructed of stainless steel with continuous welds ground and polished to sanitary standards. All horizontal frame members are fabricated of round stainless steel tubing to promote water run-off in wash-down environments. Other sanitary features include capped threads, sloped-top control enclosures, guarding standoff brackets and FDA-approved epoxy paint on hydraulic cylinders. The unit is also available constructed of carbon steel with durable industrial coatings for dumping of dry solids, sludges, and slurries from boxes, drums, and other containers in less stringent environments, and is available configured with Flexicon mechanical or pneumatic conveyors to transport discharged material to any plant location.
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