Helac’s “Powered Hinge” is the centerpiece in a GWI design engineered to solve two recurring snags in the food processing industry. GWI’s bin dumper now allows a load to be moved easily over-center, which ensures that bins can now be completely emptied of product.

Traditional single-set cylinder designs are normally limited in rotation, which often prevents bins with clumpy or sticky product from being fully emptied. Additionally, cylinders are a high maintenance item in these environments because their rods are exposed to particulate that can be drawn into the hydraulic system, normally resulting in leaking rod seals. Helac’s rotary actuator solves both problems.

The growing popularity of this product has prompted Parker, Helac’s parent company, to invest heavily to increase capacity, thus bringing lead times in line with market demands.