A BLOCK-BUSTER™ Bulk Bag Conditioner developed by Flexicon is designed to loosen material that has solidified during storage or shipment, enabling bulk bag unloaders to discharge more easily and fully through bag spouts.  The new conditioner is ideally suited for bulk bags containing hygroscopic chemicals, certain spice blends, heat-sensitive products, and other materials prone to solidifying to the point at which pneumatically-actuated flow promotion accessories integral to bulk bag dischargers are inefficient or completely ineffective.

The new Bulk Bag Conditioner incorporates a cantilevered I-beam with motorised hoist and trolley allowing the loading and unloading of bulk bags without the use of a forklift.  After lowering a bag into the conditioner frame, two hydraulic rams fitted with contoured plates press opposing sides of the bulk bag to loosen the material.  The Flexicon design also enables a bag to be raised and lowered using the hoist and rotated manually for conditioning at any height on all sides.

An optional hydraulically-actuated, variable-height turntable is available for automated in-frame bag rotation and conditioning bags at varying heights. The number and pressure of hydraulic ram actuations, the height of the turntable and the number of 90-degree rotations are user-programmable.

To ensure operator safety the Bulk Bag Conditioner is fully enclosed on all four sides and includes full-height doors that are interlocked to disallow operation of the system when the doors are open.

The conditioner is available as a stand-alone unit or integrated into a dedicated bulk handling system incorporating mechanical and pneumatic conveying systems, bulk bag fillers, bag dump stations, drum/box/container dumpers, weigh batching and blending systems to create plant-wide process with automated controls.