MEMPHIS, TN — AZO Inc. announced a new program for rapid shipment of customizable, customer-specified bulk bag unloaders. Using data from thousands of installations in food, bakery, confectionery, pharmaceutical and chemical factories, the AZO engineering team found that many requirements can be fulfilled with a specific set of modular components, which will be available for stock shipment from AZO’s centralized Memphis, Tennessee, facility.
Standard modular components will accommodate situations including low ceiling height, hopper product storage, product massage pads and vibration to assist with product discharge. Systems will incorporate AZO’s extensive safety features including full safety plate below the bulk sack, massage pads that eliminate pinch points, safety clips on the lifting rack, electric hoist, and engineered rigid design.
All systems will incorporate AZO’s unique bag spout clamping design, which provides adaptability to variability in bag spouts, creates an air-tight seal to eliminate leakage or contamination, and provides a simple, repeatable process for operators to ensure fast and consistent bag changeovers.
Buyers can use a simple configurator to match equipment modules to their application requirements. The configurator will provide a proposal, system drawing and simple path to order for interested buyers.
“We’re excited to bring the value of German engineered process equipment to U.S. manufacturer, with fast, domestic shipment and support,” said Chuck Kerwin, General Manager and 20-year veteran of AZO, Inc. “Companies hate to compromise on the quality of bulk bag unloader that they buy, but they often need it up and running quickly. Now we’ll be able to deliver anywhere in the continental U.S. in just a couple weeks.”
AZO’s traditional bulk bag discharge equipment customers include companies making a switch to bulk sacks and those already using the equipment. Zach Turner, in technical sales for snack foods and bakery, noted, “Not only do we have a number of projects helping multinationals add capacity or manage new ingredients with different bulk densities, but we also see more SMBs eager to reduce material costs and labor expense in today’s tight workforce environment.”
Bulk bag unloaders help companies realize substantial savings in material cost by switching from 50lb bags to 2,000lb bulk totes. Additionally they eliminate the injury prone tasks of bending, lifting, twisting and cutting, which often require several workers to manage 50lb bags in a typical operation. Waste disposal costs are also reduced as single, empty bags are discarded in place of 40 bulky and dusty sacks.
In addition to the stock, modular components, AZO will help customers to customize their system according to bulk bag unloading requirements. Available options include empty bulk bag collapse to reduce dust leakage from empty bags, independent dust control air management for the big bag connection, and various interfaces for downstream equipment.
Visit www.BigBagUnloading.com to learn more.
The company also announced the publication of a new website designed to help U.S. manufacturers source and configure the optimal bulk bag unloading equipment for their operation.
The site, which includes live chat and downloadable informational material was built to help engineers find the right answers fast — both for their requirements and the other member of their buying team — when they need to replace or add additional discharge solutions for their bulk sac operations.
Businesses considering their first super sack unloader will also find appropriate resources including a buying guide and information regarding common elements of investment justification including labor savings, reduced bulk material cost, increased worker safety and reduced disposal cost.
In addition to information on optimizing bulk bag unloading for various requirements, the site includes a configurator that helps visitors specify the right combination of modules from AZO’s new stock program.
The newly published site is located at www.BigBagUnloading.com. The site was designed to simplify the user experience and provides simple user interactions including chatbots that streamline the process of obtaining information.