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Multiwall Paper Bags vs PP Woven Bags: Which Is the Best Choice for You?

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Palmetto Industries has multiple bags and storage options available, but which option is best for your industry? There are always liners and different adapters available to make certain options work, but getting the best fit early is more cost efficient.

Here are a few details about multiwall paper bags and PP woven bags to understand their versatility and differences.

What Are Multiwall Paper Bags?

Paper bag options are available for pet food, seed, minerals, chemicals, yard waste, and many other applications. These aren’t your flimsy grocery or basic yard clipping bags; the multiwall feature means so much more.

Enhanced structure and better protection are two major benefits of multiwall paper sacks. Standard brown paper bags, even the stiffer bags used for lawn care or groceries, can easily burst when filled at high, fast volumes.

Leakage and tearing from even slightly humid conditions can threaten to spill materials and product very quickly. Materials could be moist or may easily absorb moisture from the air, which could lead to slow and hard to observe internal damage.

Basic paper bags aren’t designed for industrial use, so it’s hard to gauge how much load or compromising conditions the bags can take.

Multiwall paper sacks are purpose-driven, well-documented, and customizable bag options. They have specific weight limits, safety precautions to help you avoid certain conditions, and standard durability that is obviously stronger from touch alone.

Structural Integrity Stays Intact

If your industrial process involves filling bags with cornered, sharp, or jagged seeds from a hopper at fast rates, reinforced bags are your best bet. If you’re increasing your farm’s lines of business and adding additional processes such as internal feed delivery, mulch management, manure management, or in-bag planting, multiwall bags are a great choice.

Wet materials and paper bags don’t mix well. Some clients may be fine with a bag that will deteriorate on-site, but for most industrial uses, a wet bag is just a burden. There is a middle ground, and aside from your own compliance rules, there’s nothing wrong with getting creative.

If you need paper bags for aesthetic reasons, but need greater structural integrity, make sure to speak with our product management team to discuss liners and other custom solutions.

What Are PP Woven Bags?

Recyclable polypropylene woven bags or PP woven bags are delivered in easily stored, easy to transport rolls. These bags are a groundbreaking combination of lightweight, compact storage that unrolls into massive structural integrity and high-volume storage.

PP Woven bags are mildew resistant, reusable, and can float for industries that need water loading and water surface management. The bags don’t absorb water and are moderately resistant to stretching and shrinking.

If your industrial process needs strong, moisture and mildew-resistant storage options, PP woven bags are the best choice. These bags have higher weight capacity options than the paper bags and can be designed to fit assorted loading and lifting systems.

Flexible for More Product

The flexible, woven design allows filling that can roughly mold to corner and surfaces. Unlike rigid storage containers, you can store more product while wasting less space.

This is especially helpful with small materials and products such as grains, pharmaceutical, minerals, pellets, and fine powders. Filling rigid containers makes unloading difficult, especially when you need to scrape corners or work through hard-to-reach textures, and the bag design helps.

Another advantage of woven bags is the unloading process. Woven bags can be fitted with spouts, ports, or other unloading options that you can design with the help of a Palmetto Industries consultant.

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Mining Is All About Efficiency: Why Palmetto FIBCs Are Your Best Bet

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The mining industry is in a constant state of change. Consuming less fuel to access more product and losing fewer materials in the process are just two vital goals both at the mine and at processing facilities.

Flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) can help you tighten your mining and industrial processes by changing the way you fill, transport, store, and unload materials. Consider these mining industry details to help you implement better materials control with FIBCs.

Efficient Loading And Unloading

Think about modern storage and transport options. After drilling, blasting, shaking, siphoning, or otherwise gathering minerals and other materials from the earth and the sea, where do you put it all?

For too many businesses, the answer is, “Dump it in a truck.”

Flying dust, spilling crumbs, and sloshing sludge lead to lost products. What could be a bit of random dirt and debris could easily be a few pieces of highly valued mineral or ore. FIBCs can cut down on the guesswork while making the management and manufacturing processes more accurate. Instead of dealing with rectangular containers or otherwise rigid boxes, using flexible bags can help you fill and store materials with greater ease.

From the storage depot to the factory, many materials are managed with an awkward tipping container. It doesn’t matter if you’re tipping the container to a side or corner, opening a door, or using a hatch, some materials will be lost during tipping, requiring tricky scraping, shaking, or other reclamation techniques to get into the corners and crevices.

By using FIBCs, you cut down on a lot of the strange movement and residual material. The bags can be custom fit with opening, spouts, or ports that fit your equipment and allow a more sealed transfer. It all depends on how much time you invest in consultation to make the bigger process more time and waste-conscious.

At the mine or industrial site, dumping into big containers is understandable. Unless you have a giant, sturdy tarp and a way to connect the corners to a crane, you’ll likely continue to use rigid containers in some way.

Mining Is All About Efficiency

The most efficient mining processes use a series of chutes, roller beds, or other systems that can fit with FIBCs, you can make the filling and transport process just as efficient as the factory floor. Even with rigid containers, you can transfer materials to FIBCs on-site while only spilling a few pieces of ore or minerals in the same mining area.

From here, an FIBC consultant can help you figure out better ways to reclaim lost materials or catch spillage. Business efficiency can go beyond what we have to offer today, and we can custom-tailor products to fit your needs.

Heavy Cargo Doesn’t Need Heavy Containers

How much do your containers weigh when empty? If an empty container falls, how likely is someone to get injured?

Storage materials are often overlooked when it comes to inventory burden. Their storage capacity and ability to do the job without breaking are the most common qualities, but could you do more?

What if you could store the same amount of materials without requiring heavy lifting? Does it make sense that you’re using one heavy material to fill up with a heavy additional load? Absolutely not!

FIBCs narrow the waste gap in your business by requiring less weight—and often less space—to do the same job. Whether you’re storing freshly-mined cobalt or transferring milled or shaved metals pieces, using lighter bulk bags instead of heavy crates and shipping containers means less stress, freight/shipping costs, and work for most of your project.

The safety hazard pitch is just the beginning. Think about reduced fuel costs since your vehicles have a lighter load to carry. Consider the amount of time it takes to grab, secure, move, and properly position heavier containers. In addition, the lighter freight weight of FIBCs can also mean significant savings in freight charges.

Finally, think about what else you could do with saved space and less effort. Storage and transport options such as FIBC bulk bags are smaller than metal and wooden containers of the same capacity. If you’re wasting a lot of space just to store your containers, switching to FIBCs delivers a nice surprise in the form of free space.

Save Time and Money with FIBCs from Palmetto Industries

Filling, transport, and inventory management aren’t the only ways to stay efficient. Look into how you order your equipment and materials as well. Spending too much time and money on expensive, slow deliverables can cost your company if you’re not careful.

Don’t waste your time dealing with middlemen. At Palmetto Industries we manufacture and distribute FIBC’s, saving you time – and money. We’re the global experts on FIBC products. Contact us today to learn what customers around the world have known for over 25 years – Palmetto is the go-to name in packaging. Call us today at 706-737-7999.

Manufacturer and Distributor of FIBCs: The Palmetto Difference

Container trucks lose fuel economy with containers that add a lot of weight, even without your materials on board. Crates often need additional containers inside for safe and sterile storage, but their rigid corners leave gaps that could hold more materials.

Boxes have been the standard for material storage and transport, and even with new methods on the way, they’ll always have a place. Rather than settling for inefficient industry habits, consider how using sturdy, secure, and flexible bags can revolutionize your material management process.

Load And Store More While Managing Less

How many OSHA standards do you have to follow for your materials? How many different containers do you deal with for every type of material? How hard is it to switch between loading and unloading with each material?

By using Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs), you can free up a massive amount of time by wasting less effort on loading and storage. Unlike rigid metal, wooden, or plastic containers, these bags create a completely different tier of material management.

These woven bags are a game-changing combination of strength and flexibility. Unlike the heavier containers that need to be mounted on heavy machinery, you simply need to slide a few hoops over hooks, bars, or other sturdy supports.

This drops your machine requirements from cranes to novice-level forklifts while still carrying a lot of materials. Even if you’re already using smaller machines to load materials, FIBCs are easier to attach and far less dangerous. A falling, empty bag is a lot less hazardous than a metal box.

Think about the materials you need to load. FIBCs shine when holding small, fine-grained materials such as resins, pellets, ceramics, clay, fine minerals, seeds, and grain because a custom amount of materials can fill a form-fitting bag.

Liquids are where FIBCs have an astounding payoff. By adding a liner that is certified for your fuels, syrups, mixtures, chemicals components, or other liquids, you can have a mobile and precise mega-bladder that doesn’t require a truck with a hose.

Unloading In-System With FIBCs

Think about the unloading process. When you unload crates of materials, how do you get everything from point A to B? In some production lines, a vacuum cleaner is used to siphon dry goods from one area to the other. In larger, multi-level production plants, a semi-truck will tilt a large amount of product from the container to a storage bin down below.

With both options, a lot of dust and debris can be tossed around during the transfer. Materials can be lost, and it’s harder to make precise measurements of products during the transfer. With vacuum or suction systems, you’re dealing with an expensive piece of equipment with maintenance requirements that only get worse as you vacuum different types of product.

With FIBCs, unloading is much easier. Multiple types of spouts, ports, hoses, and other openings can be designed for your specific industry. The bags can be suspended by their loops and guided wherever you need it. From there, simply open the spout as much as needed to control the material flow. This can be as simple as tightening and loosening a cinch on the bottom of the bag to asking for a more specific opening on the bottom of your FIBC. In each situation, gravity does most of the work. Your materials will flow without needing to tilt or shovel at awkward angles, and preparing the next bag for unloading is easy.

While FIBCs are more precise than tilting a truck-mounted container, they’re easier to use than multiple small containers such as hand-carry totes. A 2000lb bag can be filled in a little under a minute, and it takes even less time to empty. The portability, precise access, and heavy load come together for a fast and efficient way to transport and unload your materials with a lot less hassle.

The Palmetto Difference

The key to peak performance is a custom, efficient tool that fits in with your existing equipment. Contact Palmetto Industries at (706) 737-7999 to discuss FIBC sizes, mounting styles, unloading openings, liners, and other details to get the perfect storage system for your business. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Pharmaceutical-Grade Bulk Bags: How Do They Differ from Other FIBCs?

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) can carry fine powder, liquids, and various pharmaceutical materials. Because of the small and often easily-contaminated nature of pharmaceutical materials, getting a container that allows sterile management without losing materials to corners and awkward loading angles is crucial.

Here are a few details to keep in mind when handling pharmaceutical materials to make sure that your FIBC and liners match your needs.

 

Cross-Contamination Is Enemy Number One

Cross-contamination, moisture damage, accelerated degradation, and rot are all expensive problems that can compromise pharmaceutical materials faster than other bulk materials.

It’s not just because of certain materials being more sensitive than others, or reactions that happen in unprotected environments. The precision necessary to produce a high-quality, accurate product means that impurities and contamination at microscopic levels cannot be allowed.

Every pharmaceutical component must be paired with a pharmaceutical grade bulk bag option. This is because certain materials may be susceptible to specific contaminants in certain bag types, or may have higher standards than your average container.

What happens if you buy the “most expensive” container on the market that advertises pharmaceutical-grade sterile protection? You could luck out on a container that does a good enough job of protecting your product, or you could get an expensive waste that protects from everything except specific contaminants that ruin your product.

A specific type of plastic could react with your pharmaceutical materials, or a high-protection material might be so coarse that it grinds your materials into an unusable mass. To be safe, make sure to consult with your Palmetto FIBC account manager regarding your materials, any safety and handling guidelines you have, and your expected load to find the right storage system for you.

 

Sterile Environment Support

How many options are there? While there are certainly pharmaceutical-grade containers that can handle a massive number of different products and materials, you may have materials that need special liners, bags, or storage conditions.

The key to sterility is knowing your material standards. For most pharmaceutical materials, a few of the following food safety and ISO standards are vital:

Food standards cover multiple needs such as manufacturer personnel hygiene, ventilation, pest control standard operating procedures, and metal detection. Even though these standards cover similar needs to pharmaceutical standards, it’s still important to review and compare your own standards for compliance.

 

Managing Static Electricity Risks

Whether you’re dealing with capsules, pills, fine powders, coarse filler, or other pharmaceutical materials, there are static charge risks to keep in mind.

Buildup happens at multiple stages of material handling. From filling to unloading, the movement of your materials along with the storage equipment and the outside environment can lead to a dangerous static charge that can ruin your supply—or your personnel—if not handled.

Specific static risks vary depending on the material. Whether it’s a simple shock and burn that could break a container’s seal or flammable materials that could cause a catastrophic reaction, it’s better to err on the side of caution.

Inspect your source, destination, and transport vehicles for static risks. Mitigating those risks can be done at each separate area to help you finely tune safety, and different types of bulk bag installations can be arranged by their static potential.

 

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FIBC Electrostatic Properties: Which Bulk Bag is Right for You?

Flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBC), also known as a bulk bag, or big bag containers are used in many industries for storing and shipping dry products. Fertilizer, sand, pre-production plastic granules, and other mixtures of solids and fines such as Mot Type 1 mixtures used to provide a load-bearing sub-base for paved surfaces will use the strength and flexibility of FIBC bulk bags as a preferred storage and transport container.

When filling or discharging certain bulk powders in a hazardous location or anywhere the presence of flammable vapors or gases may exist, manufacturers must choose the right bulk bag to prevent an explosion or fire due to electrostatic discharge. The electrostatic properties of Type C and Type D bulk bags are effective at reducing incendiary sparks and brush discharges to the point where the propagated energy is negligent.

 

Safety in Hazardous Locations

Preventing and mitigating explosions in hazardous locations means removing one of three factors – the flammable substance, oxygen in the air, or an ignition source which could be an electrostatic spark from turning on a switch or an overheated surface that engages the auto-ignition temperature of a vapor or gas.

  • Class I locations where flammable gases or vapors are or may be present in the air in quantities sufficient to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures.

To accommodate hazardous locations, Type C and Type D FIBCs are used in these areas where volatile flammable gases or vapors exist under normal conditions and when those vapors or gases are normally confined within closed containers but pose a risk of accidental escape.

 

Electrostatic Properties of Type C and Type D FIBCs

During dry material loading or discharge, the bag containers are prone to static charge buildup. If allowed to accumulate, an electrostatic discharge could occur from the bag surface and ignite airborne flammable dust, fibers, vapors, or gases. When choosing an FIBC for hazardous locations, two options exist:

Type C FIBCs are groundable and able to conduct electrostatic discharge effectively to ground/earth when a proper ground connection is present. These bulk bags are constructed from non-conductive, polypropylene fibers that are interwoven to form a grid pattern which is then interconnected to grounding tabs to create a continuous path for the collection and discharge of electrical energy to a safe path to ground.

Type D FIBCs are static dissipative and are also referred to as antistatic bulk bags. They are commonly used to safely transport flammable powders and to prevent combustion in the presence of flammable vapors and gases. The bag surface should be protected from contamination with coatings of grease, water, or other conductive material. Type D bulk bags are constructed of a fabric manufactured to prevent the three main causes of fire or explosion-starting hazards

  • Brush Discharge which can ignite the surface or liner of a standard bulk bags when a flammable atmosphere is present and can generate approximately 4mJ of energy.
  • Propagating Brush Discharges can generate between 1000 – 2000mJ of energy between the surface of a bulk bags and liner, and can readily ignite flammable vapor, gas, and dust cloud atmospheres.
  • Spark Discharges of ungrounded bags and their conductive parts capable of igniting gases, vapors and combustible dust.

Type D FIBCs eliminate the need for a manually connected ground because the protective fabric prevents incendiary sparks and brush discharges. Choose a CROHMIQ Static Protective Type D FIBC fabric which is engineered to provide the highest levels of protection from dissipative static electricity, and prevents sparks and brush discharge.

Both Type C and Type D bulk bags are used to transport and store flammable powders when flammable vapors or combustible dust is present. Type C bags require resistance to ground point testing and can be used to store combustible solids with MIE less than 3mJ and transporting in the presence of flammable vapors and gases with MIE greater than 0.14mJ.

Palmetto Industries is a select licensee of Crohmiq fabric tested in accordance with IEC Standard 61340-4-4 2005. With over 500,000 square feet of global warehouse space, we offer reduced lead times and expedited distribution. Don’t waste your time dealing with middlemen. At Palmetto Industries we manufacture and distribute FIBC’s, saving you time – and money. Come see what customers around the world have known for over 25 years – Palmetto is the go-to name in packaging. Call us today at 706-737-7999.

What is an FIBC and What Do They Do?

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Businesses around the world have no shortage of containment and shipping options, and it’s increasingly more difficult to vet every option. The Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers Association or FIBCA is an alliance dedicated to maintaining high-quality standards, diverse products, and innovative applications for FIBCs.

With opportunity and risk seemingly around every corner, you need an ally that delivers not just one option, but multiple options to meet your logistics needs. At Palmetto Industries, we are one of the world’s leaders in FIBC manufacturing a distribution. But what is an FIBC and what do they do?

 

What Are FIBCs?

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) – also known as FIBC bulk bags – are flexible, durable containers designed to handle an adaptable catalog of materials.

From fine grains, chemical, and minerals to pharmaceutical components and concentrated liquids, FIBCs answer the call for industries that need more than bulky boxes and tanker vehicles that may not suit precision or small load needs.

The bags allow easier, more moldable storage and convenient loading and unloading without having to engineer a new solution with every single vendor.

 

Filling and Dispensing Benefits

Although many materials benefit from FIBCs, concentrated liquids show just how versatile and convenience the bags can be.

Industries that need to load, transport, and unload liquids have mixed relationships with tanker trucks. When loading in a tanker truck, some of your product will be left behind in the form of wall residue.

Getting as much of your product from tanker vehicles often means using dispersants or water, then separating the now diluted product.

With FIBCs, you have greater control over getting more of your product back after shipping. With specialized outer bag material and purpose-designed liners for your specific product, you can work with multiple bag sizes to load and then properly drain the containers.

 

Loading, Unloading, and Shipping

Using square, rigid storage such as metal containers leads to a lot of packaging waste and contamination risk. Not all products can be safely carried in box containers, and require additional storage products for safe transport.

In many cases, two or three storage containers, liners, or bladders are used to box in a single product for safe transport. By using standardized, tested, and certified FIBCs, you can cut out multiple layers of the storage and shipping process.

Many materials can travel in FIBCs using your existing equipment. Multiple heavy, dry materials can fill FIBCs for flatbed truck delivery with standard secure load techniques, and any truck that carries crates can carry more product in FIBCs.

Since materials can fill into the FIBCs flexible form, you can load more product in the same amount of space instead of wasting storage area with empty crate corners.

 

Quality Control With FIBCA

Your materials need to be stored, transported, and unloaded as safely as possible. Not all container types are built the same, and you need the right tools and experience to know what works best for your product.

The Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers Association oversees quality standards and membership performance for FIBC manufacturers. Rather than purchasing any bag or loss container product, it’s safer and more efficient to choose a product that fits a diverse and well-maintained standard.

FIBCA members cover a vast area of industry experience. Specialization and versatility go hand in hand as specific FIBCA members, their clients, and the FIBCA discuss the best way to handle certain materials.

It goes beyond filling the product into a bag that fits. From materials that need scientifically-proven sterility and security to caustic materials that need reliable resistance, the FIBCA members have shared research and development to depend on.

 

Palmetto Industries is Your Worry-Free FIBC Manufacturer and Distributor

Palmetto Industries is a proud FIBCA member and a select licensee of Crohmiq fabric tested in accordance with IEC Standard 61340-4-4 2005. With over 500,000 square feet of global warehouse space, we offer reduced lead times and expedited distribution. Don’t waste your time dealing with middlemen. At Palmetto Industries we manufacture and distribute FIBC’s, saving you time – and money. Come see what customers around the world have known for over 25 years – Palmetto is the go-to name in packaging. Call us today at 706-737-7999.