Flexicon expands US manufacturing space to meet rising demand for bulk handling equipment

USA – Flexicon Corp. , has expanded the manufacturing space at it world headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania by 50,000 sq ft to meet increased demand for its bulk handling equipment and systems. 

According to a statement from the company, the new space is slated primarily for warehousing of sub-assemblies, crating, and staging of assembled equipment.  

This includes stocking of Quick-Ship models of flexible screw conveyors, bulk bag dischargers, and bulk bag conditioners for immediate shipment, freeing the main facility for increased capacity in fabrication and assembly. 

Founded in Fairfield, New Jersey, in 1974 Flexicon has been rapidly expanding and in 2001, it consolidated its US operations in Bethlehem where it a modern building to host its world headquarters. 

“In 2014, we doubled the size of our Bethlehem headquarters, maximizing coverage of the existing site, so we are fortunate that a facility adjacent to our main building became available this year,” said David Boger, executive vice president. 

International plant expansions include the establishment of a manufacturing facility in the UK in 1994, one in South Africa in 2001, and another in Australia in 2008. 

The company’s technical sales staff has also grown through the addition of 26 factory-direct sales offices located in the US, UK, Chile, Spain, Germany, France, South Africa, Australia, Singapore, and Indonesia. 

“All company locations can readily draw upon Flexicon’s 25,000 worldwide installations for existing solutions to most any bulk handling problem,” added Boger. 

Having perfected the art of developing bulk handling equipment and systems the company today boasts of 36 patents reflected in the designs of a diverse range of solutions. 

The solutions include flexible screw conveyors, tubular cable conveyors, pneumatic conveying systems, bulk bag dischargers, bulk bag conditioners, bulk bag fillers, bag dump stations, drum/box/container dumpers, and weigh batching systems.  

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Last year, the company introduced a new base model, 1450 flexible screw conveyor, with 4-1/2-inch (114 mm) O.D. polymer conveyor tube and low-cost carbon steel floor hopper and discharge housing.    

The screw can reportedly handle diverse materials ranging in size from large pellets to sub-micron powders with no separation of blends.  

Fully enclosed, the conveyor tube prevents product and plant contamination, while the gentle rolling action imparted by the screw prevents the separation of blends. 

Flexicon also has a separate Project Engineering division which integrates large-scale systems across all industries in which bulk materials are handled. 

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