December 9, 2017

Top 6 Bulk Bag Equipment Manufacturers

While FormPak, Inc. is considered a premier supplier of bulk bag handling equipment, we refuse to pretend that we’re the only player in this niche market. We are neither the only supplier nor the first, and we want to highlight the strengths and accomplishments of our competitors. With over 48 years of dry solids handling knowledge, we’re confident that we can exceed your expectations, whether you require bulk bag fillers or unloading equipment. But before you partner with us, why not check out our competition? Below we’ve compiled a list of the six primary players in the market, followed by some of the smaller producers and integrated system providers.

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The Top 6 Bulk Bag Equipment Manufacturers

Flexicon has been in the market since 1974, and they are the originator and inventor of the flexible screw conveyor. They have a full line of bulk bag handling equipment, as well as cable/disk and pneumatic conveying systems. As the largest supplier in the industry, Flexicon is well known due to extensive advertising. Although located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, they also operate around the globe – from the UK, Spain, and Germany to South Africa, Australia, Chile, and Singapore.

Located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Hapman has been in business for nearly 70 years. They offer a full line of FIBC filling and discharging equipment, as well as flexible screw conveyors, pneumatic (vacuum) conveying systems, tubular drag conveyors, feeders, and bag break stations. There are more than 10,000 Hapman installations worldwide working in a variety of industries, including plastics, minerals, chemicals, food, and pharmaceuticals.

National Bulk Equipment (NBE)
Known for building extremely heavy-duty equipment and integrating unique solutions with their standard products, National Bulk Equipment (NBE) has over 15,000 installations worldwide. Like other bulk bag equipment manufacturers, they offer big-bag and small-bag dispensing equipment. In addition, they provide flexible screw conveyors, bulk bag conditioners, and integrated dust collections systems. NBE is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Spiroflow is an international company with two primary locations: Monroe, North Carolina, here in the United States, and Lancashire in the United Kingdom. They have expanded their line of bulk bag handling equipment to include aero-mechanical, cable, chain, and flexible screw conveying. They also offer bin/drum/box dumpers, bag break stations, bin activators, robots, and other material handling equipment. Spiroflow has been in business for nearly 45 years, and its leading design principles are dust-free handling and hygienic operation.

Material Transfer
Another Michigan-based company, Material Transfer is known for its Super Sack® handling systems and its drum-box-container dumping equipment. The company focuses its work on three main factors: engineering, innovative design, and exclusive features. In addition to the equipment mentioned previously, Material Transfer also offers stand-alone bulk bag conditioners and filtered/non-filtered bag break stations.

Other Manufacturers

In addition to the top six bulk bag equipment manufacturers listed above, there are some smaller, regional manufacturers that deserve a mention. These include Erie Technical Systems, Vibra Screw Inc., Metalfab Material Handling Systems, and Carolina Material Technologies.

Finally, a number of manufacturers build bulk bag equipment to complement their primary lines of equipment. Typically these are conveyor manufacturers and small bagging systems companies. These include HAF Equipment, Dynamic Air, VAC-U-MAX, Accurate, Premier Tech, Taylor Products (a division of Magnum Systems), and Custom Equipment Design (CED).

At FormPak, Inc., we’re proud to call these companies our competitors.

If you’re looking for bulk bag handling equipment, you can count on our knowledgeable, skilled staff for support. FormPak can assist your company with bulk bag filling, unloading, lifting, as well as fully integrated batching systems, bag break stations, and flexible screws. We will use our expertise to create an efficient solution for your needs. To discuss the requirements of your bulk bag or dry material handling project, please give us a call or contact us online today.