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Here's How Bin Tippers Are Boosting Food Processing Efficiency

Bin tippers are essential to the potato and onion processing industry. With a bin tipper, you can accurately empty produce containers without spilling, damaging, or contaminating the contents. 
In this article, we'll discuss what bin tippers are and how they work, then delve into the different types of bin tippers available on the market today. 
We'll also explain how to choose the right equipment for your needs, including whether a manual or electric model would be best suited for specific tasks within your facility.

What is a bin tipper?

is a piece of equipment that helps workers to lift and remove heavy loads from containers without having to manually do it. Made from either steel or aluminum, bin tippers are used in the food and produce processing industry. 
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Features of bin tippers:

  • Fitted with wheels so they can be moved around easily while they're carrying out their job.
  • Designed with a forklift attachment at the front which enables it to lift containers off conveyor belts and place them on another conveyor belt when required. 

Why are bin tippers used?

Simply put, bin tippers were implemented and designed to save time for workers who cannot move heavy loads of bulk produce by hand.

DIN 9797-compliant bin tippers 

did not exist until recently.
This standard was added in 2013 but has only been a requirement for food processing since 2018. 
DIN 9797-compliant bin tippers use a trunnion-lift mechanism, latching onto two trunnions projecting from the sides of the bin. This standard is commonly used in the food-processing industry because it allows for the easy movement of heavy items and is safe for workers to operate.

What to look for when purchasing a bin tipper

When choosing a bin tipper, several factors should be considered when looking at the design and capabilities of the bin tipper:

Easy to clean and sanitize

Sanitary design of bin tippers is crucial for the food-processing industry. It's essential for operators' safety that all moving parts on the machine can be easily reached by hand so they can be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water before each use.  A bin tipper designed with sanitation as a priority ensures the health and safety of employees and quality and consistency in the product.

Ergonomic design

It’s crucial to ensure that it's comfortable for workers to operate the bin tippers all day long without fatigue or injury. 

Reliable hinge assembly

Ensuring quality parts are used in the design of the bin tipper as well as proper maintenance so the machine doesn't break down after months or years of use—otherwise, your tipper will become unusable pretty quickly!

Easy to use and maintain

In busy environments where workers have many tasks at once (think fast-paced assembly lines), they must be able to quickly grab bins without having to bend over or reach high above their heads. 

Benefits of electric bin tippers vs. hydraulic

If you’re looking to purchase a bin tipper and you need something that can lift and move items with ease, then a hydraulic tipper might be what you need.
However, this doesn’t mean that hydraulic tippers are always cheaper than their electric counterparts; if you factor in installation costs for both types of equipment (hydraulic installation requires more specialized plumbing work), then there may not be much difference in price between them at all!
Electric-powered bin tippers usually have fewer moving parts than hydraulically powered ones and are therefore easier to maintain—on top of this, they can be operated manually by one person without having any additional help; this makes them ideal for smaller businesses without many employees aren’t experts in operating heavy machinery but still want high-quality equipment at an affordable rate.

What to consider when selecting an electric bin tipper:

Selecting the right piece of equipment for your needs can be a daunting task.
When you're looking for the right piece of equipment for your needs, you want to be sure that the result is as efficient as possible. 
A bin tipper can be a great addition to any food processing facility, but understanding what it does and how it works will help ensure you choose one that fits your needs perfectly.
When selecting an electric bin tipper, consider:
  • What size bin tipper do you need?
  • What type of bin tipper is right for your operation?
  • Budget (make sure to factor in maintenance costs)
  • Is it DIN 9797-compliant?
After considering these questions, you can confidently select the bin tippers that best meet your needs. The wrong choice could lead to hours of wasted time or unforeseen costs down the road.


Bin tippers are essential to the potato and onion processing industry. They allow workers to keep up with the demands of the industry by reducing labor costs and increasing efficiency. 
These machines come in various designs and sizes to meet your specific needs, but it’s important that you choose one that meets all safety regulations for food processing applications. Ready to increase the quality of your potato grading process while cutting labor costs?