New BFM® fitting Weighing Bellows

Weighing Bellows

Introducing the New BFM® fitting Weighing Bellows

Weighing bellows are commonly used in the food and pharmaceutical industries as the flexible transition between mixers, feeders, dosing equipment and other machinery where accurate weighing is required.


Designed to minimize any resistance created by vibration on the weighing/load cells, they are commonly made from highly flexible, molded silicone rubber.


Although molded silicone rubber is widely used, it does have two significant drawbacks for use as a flexible connector: very poor tear strength and a high price tag.

Traditional Step or Bellows Connector

Traditional silicone step or bellows connectors are usually fastened using manually adjusted systems like hose clamps, which means they can be difficult to fit. This makes them a particularly high-risk option from an overall cost-efficiency perspective: they are expensive to stock but easy to break.


Many customers have often experienced product failures during installation as all it takes is one small slip with a screwdriver or hose-clamp and the material can easily tear – a very costly mistake.

What’s the alternative?

The new BFM® fitting Weighing Bellows provide the perfect solution, combining the easy snap-in installation and seal of a BFM® fitting connector with the unparalleled strength and flexibility of our polyurethane-based Seeflex material.

“Seeflex is a proprietary material exclusive to us and is manufactured in a way that maximizes its mechanical strength while still providing excellent flexibility” said Blair McPheat, inventor of the BFM® fitting system and CEO of BFM® Global Ltd.

“You simply can’t tear it – it’s virtually indestructible under normal use, unlike silicone rubber, which will just rip if there is even the slightest nick in it.”

Matthew Bailey, BFM®’s Technical Lead in charge of new product development, spent a lot of time perfecting the method of forming the Seeflex material into the new BFM® Weighing Bellows to ensure minimal reactive force for weigh-scales but maximum durability for the longevity of the connector itself.

“Seeflex is super flexible but has amazing wear resistance,” said Matthew. “We’ve molded it into an asymmetrical cone shape to minimize the possibility of any product staying inside the connector during operation, which can happen with single-fold style bellows.”

5 Reasons The BFM® Weighing Bellows Perform Better

Here are 5 reasons why the new BFM® Weighing Bellows are superior to other products currently available:

  1. Incredibly durable: Our Seeflex material has mechanical properties that far exceed those of the incumbent silicone weigh scale connectors or other polyurethane versions. It is virtually indestructible in normal use and BFM® fitting Weighing Bellows won’t rip or tear during installation or operation like silicone does.
  2. Clean & hygienic: The patented BFM® design is 3A and EU-approved for food contact and ensures all your valuable powders stay inside the connector with zero leakage. This is especially important for pharmaceutical manufacturers where the product being processed is often very expensive. It also helps for loss in weight feeders as no product is lost during loading.
  3. Fast & accurate installation: The patented BFM® snap-in design means that the Weighing Bellows are installed in the right place every time in seconds, there is no need to worry about adjustments or making sure the connector is secured in the right place,
  4. Product-flow visibility: Unlike most silicone weighing bellows, which are opaque, Seeflex used to manufacture the BFM® Weighing Bellows is a transparent material that gives full visibility of product flowing through your process.
  5. No contamination risk: Because no tools are needed for installation, there is no risk of screwdrivers, clamps or gaskets damaging the connector or falling into the downstream equipment, potentially causing product contamination.

The patented BFM® fitting cuff and spigot installation system ensures a perfect fit and 100% seal every time, which is a big benefit in terms of reducing any downtime for installation or removal.

“Simply being able to snap fit the BFM® Weighing Bellows in and out for ease of access and cleaning will be a big bonus for customers, many of whom have struggled in the past with accurate fitment for similar clamped connectors,” said Matthew.

“The hygiene and efficiency advantages of the BFM® fitting system are so superior to other products on the market, it’s exciting to also now be able to provide an affordable, durable BFM® alternative to the current weighing bellows offerings.”

The BFM® Seeflex material and the patented cuff and spigot system are fully food-grade and are compliant with all relevant 3A and EU regulations.