3 Scotchlite


Bag Unloading Suggestions

Glass Bubbles

This guide provides suggestions for the efficient removal of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Glass Bubbles from bulk bags (FIBC—Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers). These are not intended for use as a design specification or operational manual. The user is responsible for determining the method and equipment appropriate for the user’s operation. NOTE: Refer to the Product Label and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Product Health and Safety Information on Scotchlite glass bubbles. Refer to the Scotchlite glass bubbles Product Data Sheet for additional storage and handling information. See the appendix for equipment and component considerations.

Bulk Bag
3M™ Scotchlite™ Glass Bubbles are available in approximately 50 cubic foot (1.41 cubic meter) bulk bags with a polyethylene liner and ten-inch bag lifting loops. The liner has a 22 in (50.56m) diameter by 26 in (0.66m) long discharge spout in the base. The filled bag size is approximately 45 in W x 45 in L x 46 in H (1.14m x 1.14m x 1.17m). Bags are stacked two per pallet then wrapped with a stretch film. The maximum shipped height is 104 in (2.64m). The pallet is a two-way entry type. Typical shipping is in a “high cube” trailer or a 40 foot “high cube” seagoing shipping container. Bags are not returnable.

Usually. either for a predetermined time or until a desired weight is reached in the stand or the receiving vessel. The station can be enclosed on three sides. Material is usually transferred by vacuum suction from a vacuum receiver or a double-diaphragm pneumatic pump. Using valves the system can supply material to one or more processes. Trolley Hoist Lift frame Bulk bag Bag agitators Flexible cover Window Glove box Level sensor Fluidizers Discharge to process 2 . Dry air is used to fluidize material in the hopper.Bulk Bag Discharging Typically. Material is pulled through the conveying line. This requires an auxiliary filter port in order to collect the dust created during bag discharging. dust collection vents are placed above the top of the hopper. The lifting frame can be attached to an overhead trolley or placed on a forklift truck. Filters separate air from the material in the receiving vessel. The most dust-free method of discharging bulk bags is to place the bag into a bag unloading station. conditioned. bulk bags are suspended in an unloading station. The filter is cleaned with pulsed. Capacitance sensors are used to detect material level. high-pressure. Do not use clamp forklifts for moving glass bubble-filled bulk bags as they may cause bubble breakage or release bubbles into the air. Often for mix tanks the bulk bag is discharged directly into the entry way of the vessel. Bulk Bag Station Bulk bags require a lifting frame for handling the bags safely. light and flexible dust containment cover. dry air. The flexible hopper top is slightly stretched by the bag weight in order to minimize dust when the bag discharge spout is opened. The station includes a glove box hopper with a window. If desired the station can include a weigh cell system for metering material to the process by weight. Dust collection trunks or hoods are usually placed near the system.

Typical suction is 50 to 100 inches of water column. This system is not prone to line plugging problems. A hopper sight panel and cone aeration is suggested. two-stage fan or a positive displacement blower (illustrated) to move the air that carries the material. below atmospheric. Reverse pulsed filter Filter Blower Pinch Valve Hopper Site tube Air pad Air assist Dump valve Vent per requirements From storage Mixer/Process Double Diaphragm Pump Typically. then pushes the material along the conveying line with pressure. The primary filter is usually cleaned with pulsed. The advantage is that it does not leak particles into the work area. An adjustable vacuum relief valve regulates vacuum in the receiver. vacuum-pressure conveying system. The pump should be placed closer to the process rather than near the box in order to pull material a longer distance. Purging of the pump and the conveying system with air or other compatible gas is suggested before and after glass bubble transfer. clean. Purge air added into a pump chamber when it is pushing material into the line helps to decrease pump plugging and stalling. The pull system operates at a negative pressure. To process Site tube Bleed down Pump Suction relief From storage 3 .Vacuum Conveying The vacuum transport system is a pull only conveying system. A bleed down valve at the pump outlet is suggested for relieving pressure from a plugged line or pump. The pump pulls material by vacuum into its inlet. It may use a venturi. dry air. a three-inch pneumatic double-diaphragm pump is used to move lightweight powders. The vacuum system will move material at higher line velocities than the pump system. Often a vacuum relief valve is mounted close to the pump suction port. It is a lower cost method that effectively transfers aerateable low bulk density powders. A secondary filter is placed after the receiver filter in order to protect the fan or blower. This will reduce line plugging. In the pressure conveying system poor line connections will leak dust into the workplace. The air-driven pump is a combination pull/push. high-pressure.

All conveying lines and all components should be electrically grounded. however. Flow Aids Air assists in the conveying line are used to keep conveying lines trouble-free. Grounding with a wire across the length of the sight tube is suggested. Polycarbonate material is suggested for windows. as some hoses are limited to use above 20°F. Typically. Sight Windows and Sight Tubes Sight windows and sight tubes are a big aid to observe material flow in order to locate a problem in the transfer system. Air pads mounted near the discharge port in hoppers are suggested to help fluidize material for easy transfer. 4 . Flexible lines may range from braided chemical hose. Lines can be combinations of rigid and flexible materials. The drain wire must be connected to metal connectors. semitransparent PVC. Hoses with a smooth inner bore and a conductive drain wire are suggested. Glass bubbles should be transferred with a line velocity of less than 1200 ft/min (300 m/min). or optionally at the receiving vessel entrance. Lines with long radius bends or sweeps are suggested instead of ninety degree elbows. Sight tubes use Pyrex glass or transparent PVC schedule 80 tubing. Suggested mounting locations are at the pump outlet or the bottom of vertical legs. Be careful.Conveying Lines and Hoses Conveying lines connect the various system components for glass bubble handling. clear polyurethane to interlocking metal hose. a transfer system uses 3-in (76mm) components. They are typically mounted at the bottom of vertical line legs and about every fifty feet in horizontal line runs.

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