Big Bag Handling: The Difference Between the Fully Automatic and Semi-Automatic System

PRINCEVILLE - The big bag handling machine is a solution that executes the filling of large quantities of bulk products into large flexible bags in an ergonomic, efficient manner and with the desired level of automation.

Companies working in the field of powders such as agri-food, chemicals, aggregates, and granular products can be equipped with this type of system.

There are 2 versions of big bag handling, the semi-automatic system, the most common traditional model on the market and the fully automatic robotic system dedicated to high-speed production.

Usually, there is confusion about these two different solutions. The semi-automatic system is often associated with the fully automatic because the integrators present their filling solutions and manual hanging as being completely automatic, yet there is human intervention involved in this process.

In this article, we will compare these two systems to determine the difference and benefits of each.

The semi-automatic big bag handling

The semi-automatic big bag handling

The semi-automatic big bag handling is a system that requires an operator to hang and close the bag.

The performance of this system varies according to the solutions as they are generally tailor-made to satisfy the specific requirements of the customer. Generally, these solutions fill bags ranging from 500 kg up to 1500 kg per bag and can reach a production rate of up to 20 bags per hour.

The Robovic semi-automatic big bag handling system distinguishes itself  by its efficient and ergonomic configuration for optimized production rates. The operator is able to position the bags easily and quickly by hooking the four straps directly to the front of the system, eliminating any unnecessary movement.

The work station is arranged so that the operator can close the filled bag while the filling operation continues. The bag is lifted automatically and the operator can hook the following bag  to maximizing the filling rates.

The fully automatic big bag handling

Unlike the semi-automatic system, the automatic big bag bagger does not require an operator to operate the system. Totally automatic, it executes bulk bag filling operations from the beginning right to the end process.

The fully automatic big bag handlingThe addition of a second robot to the system makes it unique, in fact, picking up the bags directly from a stack rather than from a roll, significantly reduces the packaging costs.The use of polyethylene bags makes this system more eco-friendly because they are reusable unlike regular disposable big/tote plastic bags.

This automatic solution, fully developed by Robovic, is dedicated to high-speed production. It is capable of filling 500 kg to 2 ton bags at a rate of 30 to 55 totes / bulks per hour.

Whether fully automatic or semi-automatic, big bag handling systems are equipped with a sequence of movements and vibrations which positions and levels the product in order to obtain maximum stability once the bag is filled.

Our filling solutions are built with extremely durable components that can integrate many options such as a wrapping system for better compression of bulk bags or labeling for quick  big bag identification .

To conclude, a big bag handling system offers many advantages, especially improving working conditions and employee safety, high and constant production capacity and finally earnings saved related to workforce reduction.

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Robovic is a company that specializes in robotic handling and industrial automation. We design, manufacture and install various palletizing systems bags, boxes, milk crates and sheets. Learn more: Palletizing systems Our company can also provide bagging solutions by incorporating Statec Binder’s ...