Fowler Products, a division of Pro Mach, announced that its bulk cap feeding systems for high speed bottling lines now include a new and unique sanitary closed transition tote dumper for improved cleanliness when handling caps in bulk totes.
Unlike traditional tote dumping systems, Fowler’s “closed transition” tote system has features that prevent the dust and debris present on the outside of the corrugated tote and its pallet from also being dumped, along with the caps, into the bin of the cap feeder. Before the tote is tilted over for dumping, it is first raised up to contact the opening end of a transition funnel effectively sealing the opening of the tote to the funnel. As the tote and funnel are rotated, the discharge end of the funnel docks with a mating receiving gate incorporated into the bin of the cap feeder. The funnel and close-coupled mating mechanisms effectively block outside debris from entering the bin of the feeder as the caps are dumped.