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The Benefits of Crohmiq Static Dissipative Fabric

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During production, material handling, and transportation of electronic devices and electrically-charged granulated bulk, a static charge can create a voltage pulse of several thousand volts. This destructive power can occur between human touch and IC circuits or between powdered products and the bag’s surface, making it necessary to install ESD (electrostatic discharge) countermeasures to reduce both product losses and sales profits.

Crohmiq is a static dissipative fabric that is used to manufacture Type D FIBCs and is specifically engineered to safely mitigate electrostatic discharge through the fibers of the fabric – protecting sensitive components and granulated products during storage and transportation.

The resulting impact of static dissipative materials on the transportation of raw materials and consumer products has been a drastic reduction in component failures, along with fire and explosion hazards due to static electricity that occurs whenever packaging materials come into contact, are rubbed together, then separated.

A Controlled Static Dissipative Fabric

Crohmiq static fabric is tested according to ISO/IEC 61340-4-4 under a wide variety of test conditions to dissipate static in a controlled manner. The company’s focus was not solely on how to dissipate static. This fabric works to dissipate ESD safely and in a timed manner, eliminating the need for a ground connection and preventing the ignition of flammable vapors, solvents, or powders during the process.

Type D FIBCs will decrease the risks to worker’s safety and product shipments due to ESD as products pass from plant floor equipment and through environments that may contain combustible dust, flammable liquids, or gasses.

Static Fabrics that Eliminate Grounding

Without Crohmiq static protective FIBCs, powder processing operations would require a method for grounding the flexible bags to dissipate static build-up between the bags surface and the movement of the powder – which can reach vast quantities that can cause an explosion in hazardous locations.

A static dissipative fabric like Crohmiq provides a path of discharge through the material that remains intact over the life of the FIBC, eliminating the potential energy discharged from the bag in the form of a spark.

CROHMIQ static dissipative fabric contains no metal filaments. The specially designed yarns are polypropylene woven together with a small amount of carbon.

Increased Safety in Hazardous Locations

When granulated products are stored and transported in the presence of hazardous materials, static dissipative materials can protect against and prevent incendiary sparks by releasing a low-energy discharge into the atmosphere. Type D bags manufactured with static dissipative materials are proven safe for transporting flammable powders, even when flammable vapors or gases are present such as during fuel refilling.

Safety during storage and transport is increased by keeping contaminates or conductive coatings off Type D bag surfaces. These include diesel fuel, grease, kerosene, and oil-based paints.

Choose Palmetto Industries for Your Sensitive Materials

Palmetto Industries has over 25 years in the manufacture and distribution of a wide range of FIBC products. As one of the largest suppliers of FIBCs, you can eliminate third-party vendors by calling us at 706-737-7999 and speaking directly with one of our expert FIBC packaging team members. With a worldwide distribution network, your FIBCs arrive on time and will be ready to store or transport sensitive electronics and/or granulated bulk.

Five Benefits of Using Intermodal Bulk Container Liners

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Filling bulk containers with solid, dry goods, and shelf-stable goods is an easy performance test for Palmetto Industries. The benefits and general ease of access are hard to deny, but there’s more to flexible bags than carrying cubes, rocks, minerals, or other materials that don’t need special considerations.

If your materials need to be sterile for a lab environment, need to be food safe, or simply need to not spill everywhere, look into liners for bulk containers. A few of these bulk container details will show you what they can do and why they matter.

Sterile Storage

Does your industry depend on accurate, strict cleanliness standards? Is cross-contamination an issue, or are you handling food-safe materials that can’t be introduced to the floor, hands or dust? What about pharmaceutical-grade materials that could cause critical harm if tainted?

Bulk shipping containers aren’t well-sealed and can be hard to clean. There are some liquid container trucks that can be sterilized and used for transporting clean, protected materials, but filling and draining these large containers can lead to a lot of waste.

Instead of larger containers, consider FIBCs (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers) for materials that need a more sensitive, secure layer of protection. Custom bulk bags with custom liners can hold hundreds or thousands of pounds of materials depending on the design, but offer easier storage and less added weight.

Following Industry-Leading Standards

These liners are designed to meet specific standards, and you need to consult with regulations or client policies before choosing a product. If you’re not sure about legal requirements or the protective power of certain liners, ask a Palmetto FIBC professional.

Our team isn’t just out to sell generic products from a rehashed catalog. Our engineering team can analyze your industry’s needs and build a custom intermodal bulk container product specifically for your project.  

Transporting With Ease

Empty container weight can be a deal breaker if you’re using your own transport system. Metal containers and tanker trucks are heavy even without your load, and although toll roads may account for the truck’s unloaded size, your vehicles still need to work harder and consume more fuel to get the job done. Why not shave off some of your truck operating costs?

With FIBCs, the empty container weight is a fraction of an empty metal container. The lightweight, but strong and versatile design gives you an easy way to fill your materials, stack them onto trucks or planes, tightly pack your stored goods if necessary, and unload your materials with a precision connection.

Liners don’t add much to the final weight. If anything, you have an additional layer of sealed protection while hauling and depositing goods.

Cleaner Handling For Wet Products

Liners aren’t just for materials that need a clean, perfect seal. Moist, wet, or liquid materials shouldn’t fill paper or cloth containers because of soaking and leakage issues, but liners can help with that.

Think about liquid filling for industrial transport. Whether you use fuels like gasoline and diesel, certified food-grade materials such as corn syrup, or wet solids such as wet dog food and milk, you need an easy way to fill, load, unload, and pour the materials.

Liners allow you to fill individual bags that are sturdy, durable, but not so small that you’ll waste too much time unloading and siphoning liquids. This flexibility is a must for chemicals and food-grade liquids that need to be poured, pumped, or otherwise delivered to equipment that trucks can’t easily reach without a network of vulnerable hoses.

Bulk Liquid Storage And Delivery Made Easier

With liners for containers, you can fill a few massive bags that are easier to move into loading and unloading positions. If your project needs to pour liquid at odd angles, move liquid containers to different floors with a complex plumbing system or has other filling obstacles, your job becomes easier with a flexible container.

Using crane systems, conveyor belts, or other tested loading technology, individual bags can be mounted as close to their destination as possible. It’s easier to connect short hoses or even pour large containers into larger vats. Tank trucks using the same technique is often limited to where the truck can lift its loading bracket.

Intermodal liquid bulk containers are big, and you can order sizes that barely divide a normal tractor trailer’s load. While you’re using multiple bags to carry a tanker or tractor trailer’s load, filling is just as easy if not easier, and allows for more options on the transport and delivery side.

Cut Out the Middle Men with Palmetto Industries

Don’t waste your time dealing with middlemen. At Palmetto Industries we manufacture and distribute FIBC’s, saving you time and money. Call us today at 706-737-7999 for your distribution and transportation needs.

FIBCs and Flood Control: Revolutionizing How We Protect Our Communities

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Hurricane season is devastating and expensive. High winds, flying projectiles, flooding, and landslides are just a few of the massive effects that harm lives and livelihoods every year. Flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) enhance the way the world defends against storm damage. When dealing with flooding, our versatile bags can mean the difference between a damp few days away from work or a waterlogged, moldy, flash flood-destroyed community. Here are a few ways that FIBCs and proper flood control can make or break the households, businesses, factories, and public services that support our communities.

Hurricane Season And Rapid Response

Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael were two big storms that shaped weather discussions in 2018. They hit hard and flooded east coast cities even harder. Even though the storms affected areas that were no strangers to hurricanes—unlike the surprising devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 – there are still dangers and lessons to learn. Even with practice, preparing a changing landscape and population for an incoming, but very unpredictable storm is a challenge.

Hurricane preparation is a year-round effort. City planning, conservation efforts, site surveys, zoning laws, business designs, and so many other planning points rely on big systems such as dams and small solutions such as sandbags to make big differences.

As the storm approaches, it is too late to dig overflow lakes or channels across cities. When the dangerous winds subside while the water continues to rise, everyone involved in emergency management will have their eyes on their sand bag supply.

This is where bulk bags come in. One of the many great uses of bulk bags is holding fine grain material, and FIBCs can act as scalable sandbags. Whether you need small bags for easier hand-carrying or massive FIBC flood bags to create strong, but temporary barriers, you have a lot of dry and wet storage options for your flooding defenses.

FIBCs Can Make Or Break a Disaster Response

Minute corrections to flood control happen by the hour. Shored up walls and previously sandbagged barriers can become overwhelmed, or a new flood path could open up in an unplanned area.

Emergency professionals and volunteers need more than random bags of sand. They need a durable, versatile option that fits with their equipment and can be managed easily.

It’s not as simple as shoveling sand in a bag. Fast sandbag filling and delivery relies on automation during high-pressure, high-risk situations where finesse isn’t the highest priority. FIBCs are durable enough for an apprentice who can’t fit a sandbag near the filler’s opening fast enough, but complex enough to give veterans some advanced filling and stacking options.

The FIBC industry is already flexible enough to work with several industries that have unique filling, loading, and unloading equipment. Sandbags are designed to withstand water and heavy weight without breaking, but they can be designed with custom features such as unique markers or easy carry handles.

Emblems, markers, and colors make it easier for emergency responders to know where critical breakpoints are during floods. As sandbag walls become longer and wider, people who are not part of high-level planning should not have to constantly check maps or call in to figure out where the most dangerous or critical points are, and they are not all as simple as flooded riverbanks or debris.

Carrying and placing sandbags can be difficult, and there are several wrong ways to stack a bag. Adding handled and placement instructions can help volunteers maneuver and adjust their bag placement, assuring that a proper fit gives their makeshift dam the best chance at keeping flood waters at bay.

Durability and customization are at the top of your priorities when it comes to flood control. If you need help finding the right sandbag solution or have an idea that you’d like to manufacture, contact one of our FIBC consultants.

Choose Palmetto Industries as Your Global Experts

We’re the global experts on FIBC products. Come see what customers around the world have known for over 25 years – that Palmetto Industries is the go-to name in packaging. Call us today at 706-737-7999 and cut out the middleman.

 

FIBCs and Sustainability: Protecting Our Planet from Waste

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Think about your storage and transport processes. How much do they waste in terms of materials, equipment storage, and reusability?

Some waste is obvious at first glance. Overpriced plastic containers or cardboard boxes stacking up in piles may make you rethink your container costs. Those same piles have recycling costs that can creep up on you. The cost creep continues to rise if you need multiple recycling pickups per week, or if you’re running out of space to keep everything.

As you evaluate business waste management and recycling plans, here are a few more questions and considerations to keep in mind. With flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) bags, most of your environmentally friendly manufacturing questions will be answered with simple solutions.

Rethinking Waste, Recycling, and The Supply Chain

Do you have a nearby or on-site recycling center? How much of that recycling goes back into your business in the form of recycled materials? Are those materials useful for your business, or are they low-grade emergency-only options?

If your business hasn’t already perfected the recycling and reuse supply chain, it can get expensive. You need to prove that your recycled materials have the same or better structural integrity as before their destruction. If you’re using recycled materials for completely different purposes, they still need to meet the standards of those new purposes.

For many businesses, recycling and reusing are just throwing a bone to environmentalists. Creating generic blocks, beads, struts, and other materials that could be useful is less expensive than buying an industrial recycling service that delivers great materials at an unsustainable cost.

Is your business breaking even when it comes to recycling old containers? Do you consider a small loss from recycling a necessary tax to save the world -or to avoid even greater fines? If your business isn’t making significant gains from recycling containers, maybe it’s time to find another container.

FIBCs Are Sustainable, Flexible, And Compatible With Rival Options

Sustainability is key, and figuring out ways to extend the Earth’s resources while keeping your business profitable should be a long-term goal. It’s not just about extending beyond 10 or 20 years or even building an empire; legislation changes, public mindset, unplanned chain reactions from the environment, and other unknowns makes research into sustainability vital for pure industrialism, pure eco-friendly design, and everything in between.

FIBCs are designed to be reusable and easily recyclable. For most industries, the major recycling challenge is finding an acceptable recycling center, maintaining a trash pile that isn’t overwhelming, and transporting materials for recycling.

Since FIBCs are lightweight and easily flattened, storage is similar to–or even better than–cardboard boxes and other flat paper products. Of course, the high strength and durable design make FIBCs a better option than carrying hundreds or thousands of pounds in an easily-crushed or torn cardboard box.

This comparison is where FIBCs really shine where it comes to environmental impact. They have the recycling center flexibility of cardboard boxes, but the strength of far more powerful shipping containers. Comparing FIBCs to more heavy-duty containers such as steel sea-worthy containers proves a different point since FIBCs weigh far less than metal containers and are easier to store.

Calling FIBCs a good middle ground is an understatement. When these versatile bags aren’t strong enough for massive filling and storage, they can still be used within containers that are big enough. If you want to fill entire trucks with materials for bulk transit, but want to deliver precise amounts of products for precise emptying, using FIBCs together with metal shipping containers is an easy choice.

Tally those benefits with the low environmental impact of FIBCs. Governments, organizations, and preparation-savvy individuals use sandbags for maximum defense and minimum cost during already expensive hurricane seasons. Dry and wet food packaging companies need food-grade bags that must not contaminate their products and materials for flavor, health, and compliance reasons. In both situations and more, there are FIBC options that can meet your needs.

Polypropylene fabric bags are a good option because of their high recyclability. FIBCs have high reusability, meaning that you won’t need to destroy the bags after one or two uses under proper handling guidelines. Polypropylene is a commonly recycled material, meaning that once FIBCs are beyond their normal lifecycle, you don’t need to hunt for specialty recycling centers across the world, or even across the region.

Once again, weight plays a factor. You’re using less fuel to transport recyclable bags, meaning that your business’s carbon footprint is smaller even if you factor in business partners and third-party contractors who handle your recycling.

Contact Palmetto Industries for FIBCs

Environmentally friendly design means taking control of your business processes and working directly with game-changing industry leaders. Don’t waste your time dealing with middlemen. At Palmetto Industries, we manufacture and distribute FIBC’s, saving you time and money. Contact Palmetto Industries at (706) 737-7999 to discuss what we can do for you.

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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We’re the global experts on FBIC products. Come see what customers around the world have known for over 25 years – that Palmetto Industries is the go-to name in packaging. Call us today at 706-737-7999.

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.

 

Palmetto Industries Keeps Your Products Secure

Palmetto Industries is the global expert on FBIC products and the go-to name in packaging. If you have questions about safely transporting your materials, contact us at 706-737-7999. Come see what customers around the world have known for over 25 years.

 

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.

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