GEA big bag fillers can fill up to ten bags an hour with a single operator and operates in a new way that ensures the stability of the filled bags, making them easier to handle and reducing the risk of accidental damage or spillage. The BBS-S and BBS-D systems fill, vibrate and weigh the bags while they are hanging within the high care filling area. The filled bag is then lowered onto the pallet in the medium care area. This process ensures a more even fill than traditional methods, especially into the corners of the bag. The more even fill makes the base more secure, the bag less likely to fall over during handling, and prevents the wastage and disruption that would result from an accident. The process also makes sure that the bag sits squarely on the pallet with no overhang that could be damaged by forklifts or impede stacking. Both the BBS-S and BBS-D systems provide production under full hygiene conditions in which pallets are not allowed in the filling area. There is complete separation between the high care (filling) and medium care (palletising) areas. Both feature an easy-clean cantilever design with no external structure outside the clean room. Both can handle bags in the range 1.0 to 2.2 m in height and have an accuracy of 0.5 % (0.2 % if supplied with an optional auger).