The regular gas purging of the system forced powder through small gaps in the old-style sock and steel clamp connector. This caused an unhygienic environment and hours of downtime for regular cleaning. There was also a major contamination point created by significant product build up between the externally fitted sock and hopper. The steel strapping clamps were very time consuming to remove and re-fit during sock cleaning & replacement.
The installation of a BFM fitting for both the upper and lower connections has created a sealed system, and the filling room is now a dust-free environment. The pressure from the gas purging no longer causes product leakage, and because the fitting sits inside the spigot, there is no product build-up at the connector joins. When the fittings do need replacing, it’s now a quick and easy snap-fit process.
- Hygiene: The contamination point has been eliminated and no more product leakage has improved overall plant hygiene immensely.
- Installation: Fast, snap-fit installation and removal mean easy change-over when required.
- Health & Safety: The working environment is now clean and dust free for workers.
- Downtime: Thousands of dollars a year are being saved by eliminating downtime for constant cleaning and complex sock replacement.
The filling room operators are ecstatic about how their work environment is now dust-free and a “pleasure to work in”. They no longer spend hours cleaning powder off the surfaces in the filling room or have to regularly remove the messy wire-clamps and socks from the machinery to remove the product build-up between the connectors.