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Erie Technical Systems Inc. uses experience in dry solids handling to provide innovative solutions for every customer's unique needs. 

Bulk Filling Equipment

Erie Technical Systems Inc. manufactures standard and custom bulk packaging equipment for industrial applications.


Bulk Unloading Equipment

Erie Technical Systems, Inc. manufactures manual and automatic equipment for unloading all types of bulk materials.  Our products include bulk bag unloaders, bulk box dumpers, bulk bag conditioners.  


Flexible Screw Conveyors

Custom flexible screw conveyors manufactured by Erie Technical System, Inc. are designed to convey materials in any direction and past any obstacle for your processing and packaging needs.  

Pallet Dispensers & Stackers

Not only does Erie Technical Systems, Inc. manufacture standard pallet handling equipment and systems, but we also manufacture custom equipment. Our top of the line PalletMax pallet dispenser, slip-sheet dispensers and roller conveyors are often paired with our line of bulk bag fillers. 


Vibratory Conveying Equipment

Erie Technical Systems, Inc. manufactures vibratory feeders, vibratory conveyors and vibratory spiral elevators for moving all types of bulk materials. Our quality vibratory transfer equipment is easy to clean and maintain because of our unique design that ensures the product never comes in contact with any moving parts. 


Vibratory Densification Equipment

Erie Technical Systems Inc. manufactures Vibratory Densification Equipment to increase density for bulk material packing. Our densification packers improve storage, reduce shipping and packaging costs. They can also stabilize bulk bags for transport and stacking.  

Industrial Rotary Electric Vibrators

Erie Technical Systems Inc. carries a complete line of Industrial Rotary Electric Vibrators that can be used in a variety of industrial applications. 


Ajax Shaker Drives

Erie Technical Systems Inc. is a distributor of Renold Ajax Shaker Drives.  These are used on vibratory conveyors, shaker tables, feeders, screeners, sorting conveyors, packers, and more.

Autoclave Fittings

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How much does a bulk bag filler cost?

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Simple Bulk Bag Filler Frames – 1-3 bags per day from $3,300 USD

The starting point for most small production applications is usually as simple bulk bag filling frame.  This is usually to replace the use of a forklift to support the bag during filling.  It frees up the forklift for other operations during filling.  These units are generally of simple round or tubular steel with a four-post construction.  A fixed version of this would start at $3,300 but will increase with the addition of a weigh scale and fill head assembly. The low cost of this type of an approach is appealing but there are a few disadvantages.  The 4-post construction can make hanging and removing the bulk bag difficult so they are not recommended for high throughput.  Once welded together, the transport cost of the units can be high relative to the cost of the frame itself, so the use of a local fabricator normally makes the most sense. 


Adjustable Bulk Bag Fillers – 2-6 bags per hour from $8,300 USD

The next category of bulk bag fillers is an adjustable bulk bag filler.  These units are adjustable for different bulk bag widths and heights so that multiple size bulk bags can be filled on the same machine.  They move away from the basic 4-post design to a cantilevered 2-post design.  The main advantage of this design is that the operator can hang and remove the bulk bag more efficiently. The adjustable bulk bag fillers use larger structural steel to handle the added loads of the cantilevered design.  The cost of these style of bulk bag fillers starts at $8,300 and increases with added options to as high as $28,000.  


Automated Bulk Bag Fillers – 4-15 bags/hour from $ 38,000 USD

Automated bulk bag fillers increase throughput but filling automatically to target weight using either a smart weight indicator or PLC control.   They can further reduce cycle time by automatically releasing the bag through the use of pneumatic hooks.  Vibration of the product during filling packs the most material in each bulk bag.  An automated bulk bag filler is generally in the range from $38,000 to $75,000 depending on the options.   

Enterprise Level Bulk Bag Fillers 20 bags/hour+ from $100,000

The enterprise level bulk bag fillers are designed from the ground up to maximize throughput.  Automation of the bag setup and removal is critical.   This is accomplished by bringing in pallets automatically into the fill area, automating the bag hanging and filling, then removing the filled bag and skid automatically.   The enterprise level bulk bag fillers tend to be conveyor based with larger more powerful PLC’s for integration with a plant-wide DCS system.  The price of the enterprise level systems can vary widely based on options but they start at around $100,000 and can go as high as $250,000.

 Tim Porco - Erie Technical Systems Inc. - timp@erietechnicalsystems.com 


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