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Value Added Logistics (VAL) is the creation of higher added value in the logistics chain. In addition to transport, many transport companies also offer for example, the packaging, weighing and labelling of products. This is also the case in the bulk industry: dry bulk goods are often transported in bulk quantities. From plastic to titanium dioxide, from starch to sugar and from cement to carbon black.

When these substances are processed, the products are subsequently repackaged, for example from bags to bulk, big-bags to bulk, bulk to big-bags, Octabins and IBCs, etc.

With more than half a century of experience, we are experts when it comes to loading and unloading systems for bulk trucks, silos, ships and stock piling. The starting point here is always creating a dust-free, safe and flexible solution for your production process. Your ROI and business continuity as well as sustainability also play a significant role in the design of our systems.

Bags (25 kg) to bulk or big-bags

Many powders and granules, such as potato starch, cocoa, titanium dioxide, plastics and cement, are transported and supplied as bagged goods. The Galahad automatic bag emptying machine has been TBMA's optimum bulk transfer solution for cutting and emptying various types of bags from 25 up to 80 kg for more than four decades. The system is supplied as a semi-automatic or optionally fully automatic with a robot to place the bags on the conveyor belt.

The Galahad ensures continuous dust-free and hygienic emptying of the bags with a residual value between 0,01% and 0,05%. The system can directly fill a bulk truck or big-bags or be connected to a pneumatic or mechanical transport system. Due to the smart construction and the high speed, a capacity of up to 40 tons per hour can be achieved, depending on the product type and bag size. The bags are opened with one clean cut at which there is no contact between the outside of the bag and the product.

For smaller quantities, we supply various dust-proof bag dumping cabinets.

Big-bags to bulk

Our big-bag discharging systems are designed and commissioned customer-specific for trouble-free unloading of various products from different types of FIBCs to bulk trucks or silos. Whether it concerns the transshipment of hazardous chemicals to demanding hygienic applications for the food industry.

The systems are suitable for processing single or multi-trip bags, with or without a plastic inner bag. The liner clamping and clamping mechanism prevents dust, product loss and contamination. A number of unique options have also been designed for the safe and hygienic release of food and pharmaceutical products.

The TBMA program is based on a simple but very flexible modular concept in which the basic models can be expanded with various options.

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Bulk to big-bags, Octabins or IBC’s

Our modular big-bag filling systems are used for the transfer of powders and granulates from silos to big-bags, Octabins or IBCs. Thanks to the efficient filling and accurate weighing, our systems are used successfully in various installations worldwide. Product loss, contamination and dust formation during filling are thus prevented, which is certainly of great importance for finer powders.

With TBMA big-bag filling and weighing systems, big-bags are filled suspended, and optionally vibrated and weighed. This ensures a stable, straight-filled bag with a 20-30% higher filling degree that is easy to stack and transport. Our modular big-bag filling systems are available for processing bags with a filled weight of 500 up to 1.600 kg. Depending on the product supply and system layout, a filling capacity of 20 bags per hour can be achieved.

The systems can also be designed as a mobile version, allowing one discharge unit to service multiple silos.

Container loading and unloading

Reducing logistics and handling costs is of great importance for many companies. Transporting bulk goods in lined containers simplifies transport (via road or water) and saves on handling costs and packaging material. The producer of the bulk material loads his product in a standard 20- or 40-foot container with a liner.

For container loading, TBMA supplies a mobile, height-adjustable platform with a filling unit with a special rotary valves, blower unit, cooler, blowpipe and filter box. The mobile unit is positioned under the silo and docked. The container is then placed in front of the unit and the blowpipe can be slid into the liner. The container can thus be filled with a capacity of 20 to 30 tons per hour.

For the unloading of the containers we deliver a dust-proof unloading unit with a special, extended container rotary valve or a mobile skid with a standard rotary valve. The release time using a rotary valve for a 20-foot container is between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on the running properties of the product. For both loading and unloading, the entire system can be operated by one person.


Loading chutes

Loading chutes are used for the dust-free, safe and flexible loading of bulk goods such as calcium carbonate, cement, coal, flour, fly ash, gypsum, rice, sand, sugar, grain, etc.

The Moduflex loading chutes program has been completing our own product range for more than 20 years. This unique docking system for loading trucks, ships, trains or for stock piling is highly suitable for loading large quantities of dry substances under high capacity. This allows us to offer a total package of components and systems for value-added logistics. Flexibility, continuity and sustainability are always the starting points when designing a perfect solution for your loading project.

Silo storage and discharge

We work closely with renowned partners for the delivery of silos, blenders, tanks and hoppers designed by TBMA. This allows us to supply a full range of silo storage and discharge units in standard, vacuum or pressure applications and for the storage of various products. The silos etc are available in various materials and can be equipped with various peripheral equipment, such as level switches, valves, filters, explosion pannels, etc.

Pneumatic conveying

When it comes to pneumatic conveying, we offer both the components and systems as well as the knowledge and experience to select the best solution for you. We engineer and supply reliable and sustainable systems for both dense phase and dilute phase applications. In the process we take into account the vulnerability, abrasiveness or segregation sensitivity of your products.

We engineer and commission continuous and charge (plugflow) transport systems, also for large distances, both in a ‘point-to-point’ and ‘point-to-multipoint’ version. When desired, we can supply the system including control.


TBMA designs and supplies rotary valves, diverter valves and other components for the processing of bulk solids goods. Our hi-end equipment is suitable for conveying powders and granules in almost all industries.

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TBMA are specialists in the design and supply of components and systems for bulk solids handling. Our extensive range of high quality processing equipment is suitable for handling powders and granules with proven reliability in practice in a variety of processing industries. The highly qualified and experienced TBMA staff are well able to translate your requirements into the right execution and application of our components. We also offer the design and execution of complete projects, thus providing you with an efficient, reliable and sustainable solution for your process.

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