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Four Features to Look for When Using Bulk Bags for Pharmaceuticals

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The list of items that daily fill FIBCs globally is as long as a barge that might transport them. One particularly common usage of FIBCS is for pharmaceuticals. Given the notably high-quality standards and rigorous procedures that the pharmaceutical industry has to observe at every step (in order to fight contamination of any sort), it’s little wonder that the transportation of pharmaceuticals must follow accordingly. 

If you are a facility planning to use FIBCs for transportation, handling, or storage of pharmaceuticals of any kind, it’s key that you find the right bulk bag manufacturer who can supply the appropriate containers for the job. Here are some things to look for when making that decision.

Static Dissipative Fabric

The particular flowability of most pharmaceuticals – since they are often shipped in finely powdered forms – puts their containers at risk of building up a dangerously large surge of static electricity when being filled or decanted. Pharmaceuticals are often hazardous substances, and even if they are not, static can make discharge and removal from their containers difficult.  This will lead to lost product. With all this in mind, it’s vital to consider using an anti-static Pharma Grade bulk bag for all pharmaceuticals. Doing so can prevent potential accidents in the volatile atmosphere of an industrial zone and ensure that there is little to no product loss incurred during shipping and storage.

Liners

While materials such as rocks, plant matter, minerals, or cubes might rarely require special shipping considerations, pharmaceuticals are another complication entirely. Ensuring the separation and isolation of the product for sterility is fundamental when handling any product that will be in a lab environment. Using bulk container liners can help guarantee the integrity of powders by providing an extra layer of protection for the material, thus keeping moisture, dirt, and other contaminants out. Generally, most suppliers offer polyethylene liners separately or pre-inserted into their bulk bags. 

Virgin Resin

While recycled resin might cost less and help employ some degree of sustainability within your production, it is not fit to be used for any food-safe items you might be transporting. Pharmaceuticals are no exception. Virgin resin-based industrial bulk bags will help safeguard your product from cross-contamination, since simply, by their production process, recycled resin bags can contaminate products with a variety of foreign matter particulates. Some of these particles are nearly impossible to detect. 

BRC Global Standards

Whatever supplier you end up using, it’s important to consider whether they have BRC certification. This certification assures that your supplier is sourcing from a manufacturer that is in compliance Global Food Safety Initiative Standard. This include: 

  • Metal detection 
  • Pest control methods 
  • Proper hygiene and ventilation 
  • Recording keeping 

Essentially, it assures that the bags are manufactured in a clean room with fail-safe procedures in place to make sure each bag meets specific criteria.

Give Your Business a Boost With Palmetto Industries

With over 25 years of experience and a worldwide network of distribution centers, you don’t have to worry about whether your FBIC’s will arrive on time. See what Palmetto Industries can do for you today. Give us as a call  706-737-7999 for your distribution and transportation needs.

 

Five Ways Bulk Bags Can Lower Your Shipping Costs

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The advent of FIBC bulk bags has revolutionized the way consumer products and materials can be packaged and shipped. Able to safely carry hazardous, non-hazardous, and various flowable material, flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) are convenient, cost-effective, and remarkably efficient as vessels for storage and transportation of a wide variety of materials. Let’s take a brief look at five reasons why using bulk bags as part of your production process can bulk up your bottom line.

No Need For Secondary or Protective Packaging

On average, the use of secondary packaging items such as palettes, crates, and cages adds a substantial amount of weight and takes up vital space – two factors that will dramatically increase shipping cost and your overall operating expenses. FIBCs are revolutionary because unlike crates and drums, they do not require secondary packaging for safe and secure transport. Additionally, FIBCs are notably durable, eliminating the need for costly protective casing and saving you time and space involved for transportation, effectively increasing your ability to maintain a Just in Time (JIT) schedule.

Lightweight Fabric

With all the space freed up by using FIBCs in your operation, you’ll have more room for more product. FIBCs are extremely lightweight, which is good news when you consider that the heavier the packaging, the more you pay to ship that dead weight. Using FIBCs will ensure that you are shipping more product for less by cutting out any unnecessary dead weight expenditures.

Flexible Fabric

Not only are FIBCs lightweight, they are incredibly flexible, which means that they can carry higher quantities of material and product than rigid containers such as boxes, drums, and crates. With payloads ranging from 1000 to 5000 pounds, a bulk bag design has no inadequacies when it comes to shipping larger capacities.

Storability

Whether before or post transport, you always have to consider storage. Warehouse space can range in price, but rarely, if ever, is it cheap. Maximizing the efficiency of your storage space can thus help you save dramatically. FIBCs are easy to store. Unlike many other containers, unused bags can be folded compactly and stacked to save space, and while some boxes can be flattened, you can fit approximately six times the amount of folded FIBCs on a single pallet. A full bag is also easily storable as it can be stacked atop another. In this instance, when FIBCs need to be in close contact with one another, our Crohmiq static dissipative bags are highly recommended to ensure the highest degree of safety.

Options

Regardless of your product, the plasticity and adaptability of the range of FIBCs are sure to have all your storage and shipping needs covered. Available in a large variety of fill capacities and discharge options – with custom-fit liners and different lifting arrangements – you can guarantee that your specific applications can be accommodated

Palmetto Industries Is Here To Help

Palmetto Industries is one of the world’s largest bulk bag manufacturers. Our global warehouse (over 500,000 square feet of space) reduces lead times and expedited distribution, saving you time and money. Come see what Palmetto Industries is known for – being the go-to name in packaging. Call us today at 706-737-7999.

 

How Using Crohmiq Technology Makes Shipping Safer

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Crohmiq is a proprietary anti-static fabric used to produce Type D FIBCs and designed explicitly to prevent electrostatic build-ups in and surges through the fibers of the fabric when filled, being filled, or being discharged. This ensures both the protection of all components and granules transported and the safety of the employees that are handling and shipping the bags.

Throughout production, handling, and transportation, as materials contact, rub together, then separate, granulated bulk has the potential to generate a static field with a voltage pulse of several thousand volts or more. Transference of this electricity can occur between integrated circuits (IC), human touch, or between the products themselves and the bags they are stored in. 

The resulting incorporation of Crohmiq fabrics into the large-scale transportation of consumer material is seen via a notable reduction in product loss, component damage, and hazardous work-place incidents overall. Here’s how.

Mitigating Risk in Storage Locations

The electrostatic discharges that cause sparks occur when any large or grounded conductor, including people or other filled FIBCs, approach an electrostatically charged FIBC. Often times, non-hazardous granulated products and bulk are stored within the vicinity of hazardous materials. The potential of tribocharging severely heightens the risk of ignition of an explosive or flammable atmosphere. Crohmiq fabric contains no metals. The yarn used for fabrication is made from polypropylene and combined with a small amount of carbon, effectively moderating the potential for a static build-up.

Ensuring Safety of Employees

Shocking occurs when a charge on an FIBC attempts to jump from ground to person. The shock itself is unlikely to be severe, but can cause distraction and agitation. In a busy industrial environment, that certainly has the potential to result in serious accidents. Anti-static FIBCs safeguard against this kind of shocking and can help keep safety a number one priority in any shipping or storing situation.

Preventing Product Loss

The potential of electrostatic discharge in a storage location bodes poorly for the integrity and safety of many products. Dirt and other pollutants are drawn to charged surfaces, which may only look bad if seen on the outside of an FIBC, but has severe implications when food and pharmaceuticals are inside. Electrostatic attraction can also make it difficult to completely empty FIBCs of fine powders, which tend to adhere to the inside surfaces. The residue of high-value products left inside FIBCs can equate to a significant financial cost. Fires ignited from discharged sparking can cause even greater fiscal concerns. Crohmiq’s bulk bag fabric will prevent static by providing a path of discharge through the material and eliminating the possibility of discharge from the bag.

Palmetto Industries Is Your Go-to FIBC Manufacturer and Distributor 

Palmetto Industries is the global expert on FBIC products. With worldwide distribution available, we assure your FIBCs will arrive on time, having protected sensitive electronics and granulated bulk. 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.

 

 

The Future of FIBC Bags, Transportation, and Logistics

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Whether humanity is ready for it or not, automation is going to change one of the biggest and oldest backbones of economy: the warehouse worker. Automated loading and unloading still have a long way to go, but that’s no reason to ignore the future.

Standardized containers will always be easiest, so using flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) as a mainstay of shipping is vital. Most autonomous systems use a combination of visual shape/profile scanning or special codes to do their job, and an FIBC bag manufacturer can make things easier for the bots of the future.

Color and scan codes are a great way to clue in an automated system. Both standard FIBCs and Palm Paks from Palmetto Industries can be colored to tell an automated loader where to grab, how to lift, and whatever else is required.

If in doubt, load the handling data onto a barcode or QR code. Scan codes can pack massive amounts of information, depending on the version, with QR codes able to display the entire sentence, product descriptions, product specifications, or a link/URL to the biggest sets of information.

Palmetto Industries can customize Palm Paks with branding and special designs. QR codes with special instructions for the future of computing and automated warehouse operations are as easy as using a printer, so you don’t need to do much to be ready for change.

Transportation During Inclement Weather

Whether it’s hurricanes or tsunamis, ever-changing weather patterns cause businesses to react to the way they operate during storm season. Your transportation solutions need to be as adaptable and dynamic as the weather that affects their well-being.

 FIBCs can help you plan around changing weather plans by giving you heavy, flexible, and most importantly, draggable and non-skid options for transport. The last two options (draggable and non-skid) may seem contradictory, but emergency workers being able to drag your bags to the right place while not worrying about bags sliding in a sea storm on a ship are two great capabilities that just need a bit of extra planning.

Shipping containers are much heavier. While they’re harder to move, hurricanes and floods will move houses and destroy forests. The destructive power is beyond what people can make, so you might as well research options that can make recovery easier. With FIBCs, secure recovery becomes a step closer no matter the climate future.

Transportation bulk bags can also be used in conjunction with existing transportation materials. You can put the bags in shipping containers and remove them for easy loading and internal use, or easily elevate FIBCs above flood waters if you have hooks or harnesses in your warehouse. Bulk bag handling for transportation and storage is flexible enough to fit any warehouse or trucking model.

You can even enhance transportation safety during bad weather. Do your drivers or other facilities need sandbags? Palmetto Industries sells sandbags that are already used and proven in emergency situations, so toss a few sandbag orders in with your current bulk bag order.

Choose Palmetto for Dynamic and Adaptable Transport Solutions

No matter the circumstance, your transportation solutions need to be as dynamic and adaptable as you are. Palmetto Industries has you covered.

New ideas, transportation guidelines, and safety considerations for standard and custom bags are just a few clicks or a call away. Contact a Palmetto Industries product specialist to look through other transportation options for your bulk bags and see firsthand why we’re the industry leaders in dynamic storage options. To learn more, call us at (706) 737-7999 or complete our online contact form.

Using FIBC Bulk Bags with High-Temperature Products

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Given their prevalence and use in various industries, flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) have to occasionally be filled with materials that reach high temperatures throughout the packaging and transportation phases. Because of this, before implementing FIBCs into your manufacturing and shipping regiments, it is valuable to know how high-temperature products affect bulk bags and their liners. That way, you will know what to expect and how to safely follow the proper procedures when filling bags with these products.

 

Effects of High Temperatures on Bulk Bags

Many FIBCs are made by weaving together polypropylene. When these kinds of bulk bags are exposed to high temperatures, it can affect the bag’s structural integrity. At high temperatures, the molecules within the plastic fabric will move around more loosely. The higher the temperature, the more those molecules begin to move around. The subsequent movement of molecules stretch out the fabric of the bag, leading to tearing, ripping, and inoperability. 

The potential for bag damage at high temperatures finds its most critical point at around 200 Fahrenheit. You can utilize bulk bags at these temperatures, but to ensure you reap all the benefits of your FIBCs, it’s best to follow the below procedures when doing so.

 

Procedures for Filling FIBCs With High-temp Products

 

Proper Support

Support any bulk bag containing high-temp granules from the bottom at all times. Do not lift it using any means other than foundational support. Wait until the fabric’s surface temperature has dropped under 100 degrees before using loops, hooks, or any other parts on the bag for immediate transportation.

 

Check Structural Integrity

If your company fills a bulk bag with a product that is over 200 degrees, test the bag afterward to ensure the fabric has remained uncompromised

 

Pay Attention to Temperatures

Be sure to think about the peak temperature, amount of exposure time and level of material stress on the bulk bag before you determine its future performance and structural integrity 

 

Recommendations for Working With High-Temperature Materials

 

Indicate Bags for Higher-Temperature Materials 

If you consistently ship materials that reach higher temperatures, label a set of bulk bags that are to be used specifically for that material. Higher-temperature materials will wear more on standard bulk bags. Doing so could save your business money in the long run by avoiding having to replace bulk bags frequently and can help ensure safety since all bags with potential issues will have already been labeled.

 

Always Test Your Bags  

If you don’t test your bags, it could lead to a break and could compromise the material being transported. You will then have to pay to repackage the material, increasing time, material, and labor costs to get the project back on track.

 

Immediately Replace Compromised Bags 

Replacing a bag immediately after you notice an issue will save you in the long run. It will help prevent accidents that could cost you much more than replacing the one bag.

 

Consider Specialty High-Temperature FIBCs 

There are special bags available that are meant to carry high-temperature materials. Standard polyethylene bulk bags can get the job done, but a high-temperature bag would be more reliable if you transport these types of materials often. If you are using standard bulk bags to transport high-temperature materials, it will increasingly wear on them, causing you to replace the bags more often. Specialty high-temperature bags will help you save money in the long run.

 

Trust Palmetto Industries For All Your FIBC Needs

We are 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. Contact us at 706-737-7999 today to hear more about how we can help with your distribution.

 

Three Ways to Customize Your FIBC Bulk Bags

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Branding is important, and having a high-quality design for graphics and lettering can make a huge impact on your company’s reach.

Whether you’re selling feed, seed, and fertilizer, or delivering high-quality pharmaceutical materials to vendors with a lot of choices, Palmetto Industries can help you make a great first impression. By using Palm Paks, you can take charge of your branding while using safe, stable, high-volume packaging and deep FIBC appearance options.

Palm Paks use a rotogravure printing process that engraves an image onto an image carrier to transfer high-quality imagery. Top magazines that need to depend on the deep quality and stunning visuals rely on this method to get the fine details of complex machinery.

You can use rotogravure on industrial bulk bags to ensure a great imprint. Turn our FIBCs into your product advertisements with ease! Your graphics can be printed on a back seam with anti-skid treatment, so you don’t have to worry about pasty ink or heat-transferred acrylic turning your bags into slippery, sliding hazards.

 

Fill And Discharge Bag Options

If you’re dispensing materials into a specific container, do you need a certain hose shape? Is it connected to a box connector, a vent, or a spout? There are multiple, standard designs that can fit multiple industries, and you can even commission your own design.

FIBCs can be designed to handle various filling and discharge needs. When you contact a design professional at Palmetto Industries, you can describe the type of system you’re using or send pictures to the connections and loading areas that need FIBC loading and unloading.

 

Protection, Safety, and Hygiene Options

Along with filling and discharge options, businesses need different ways to safely load, unload, and store FIBCs.

In the standard setup, FIBCs can be managed with hooks, rods, or transferred via truck beds. There are different overhead loops, stable bottoms, and other bag management options that can be sewn into the FIBC during the design process. All you need to do is discuss your needs with a consultant.

Proper FIBC-handling can give you a safe, secure, high-volume, and reusable storage solution. To stay safe, be sure to follow the safety guidelines for your bags. The safety standards cover not only government guidelines for safety, but tested and documented standards and certifications.

FIBCs are designed to be handled safely in multiple ways and will outperform other container types as long as they’re used properly. Custom bags can be designed to make safe handling easier for your existing equipment, and FIBC professionals can help you figure out the right bag-handling equipment if your facility is starting from scratch.

Bulk bag manufacturers can deliver liners to keep your materials safe from the elements, cross-contamination, and moisture. Every industrial bulk bag can be sized to fit a specific need, and liners can be tailored to secure that custom fit.

 

Need to Fit Your Unique Needs? Call Palmetto Industries

Every business needs a different approach, and Palmetto Industries is ready to help. Contact us today at 706-737-7999 and speak directly with one of our expert FIBC team members.

 

Popular Uses for Bulk Bags: Who Orders Them and Why

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Understanding how to apply bulk bag FIBC options to your industrial processes, supply lines, or any projects is as simple as seeing how others get the job done. Multiple industries and special projects have used FIBCs in safe and successful ways, and these details will point you in the right direction for great results.

Powders and Grain

Zinc ash, cobalt powder, sugar, flour, oats, and sand. The list goes on, but the theme is the same – if you need to transport powders or fine grains, FIBCs are perfectly fine.

Although many FIBCs may seem to be a bit too breathable for fine powders, your focus should be on the liners. Palmetto Industries also manufacturers liners that can fit inside FIBCs or your existing containers, which expands the usefulness of FIBCs.

These liners are what keeps powders in place. You won’t have to worry about leakage or puffs of product being lost from the sides, and the top can be closed off like any sealable membrane.

Do you have a custom liner requirement? Not sure if your process will work with Palmetto Industries bags? Certifications and quality assurance organizations such as the BRC (British Retail Consortium) are already compatible with FIBCs, but if you want to be sure, simply contact the Palmetto Industries sales team to schedule a consultation. Whether you need a warehouse chief, an operations specialist, or a material scientist to discuss specific needs, Palmetto Industries is ready to chat.

Solids and Amorphous Solids

Solids are the easiest materials for FIBCs. There are still a few safety concerns to observe as with any container, but the concept is simple: just put it in the bag!

Bricks, blocks, ballast, chunks of ore and metal-bearing are all easy candidates for FIBCs with or without liners. If you have materials that can handle punishment but worry more about the container being stained by paint or streaks from your product, a thicker bag or liner can help as well.

Amorphous solids are where some people may be confused. Chocolate is an easy solution because food-grade materials should be in liners as a standard procedure. If your materials aren’t food grade but can melt or shift through pores or threads, a liner saves the day yet again.

Liquid Filling, Transport, and Dispensing

Liners and food-grade FIBCs partner up again to deliver liquid bags that have amazing versatility.

Do you manage a factory that needs to drip, spray, or otherwise dispense multiple liquids into different containers? Treat FIBCs with liners as giant IVs and set up either a funnel and hose system or something more sophisticated.

Do you need to mix certain materials together? While vats and dedicated mixers are better, Palmetto Industries professionals can discuss mixing methods such as turning, twisting, shaking, or very limited mixing using precision tools as long as the bag won’t snag in the mixer. A fast twist and break of hazardous liquid aren’t fun for everyone, so be sure to plan it with the professionals.

If in doubt, adding liners to your vats or containers can make cleaning up easier. Contact a Palmetto Industries representative to discuss other great ways to bring FIBCs into your projects. Join the many successful FIBC bag customers in trusting bulk bag manufacturers that deliver high-quality, precision storage and shipping solutions.

History of FIBC Bags: A Look at How They’ve Changed Over Time

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What Does FIBC Stand For?

FIBC stands for flexible intermediate bulk container, also known as bulk bags. FIBC manufacturers create bags and liners than can hold materials in a flexible, moldable container that conforms to shapes better than rigid containers.

FIBCs are used instead of or alongside metal shipping containers, wooden crates, plastic bins, metal containers used for storing liquids, and vats used for mixed materials. Although storage and shipping are the standard use for FIBCs, bulk bag suppliers can design FIBCs for use in filling, dispensing, discharge, and non-destructive mixing after consulting with industries and reviewing client needs.

General FIBC History

FIBCs have been used since the 1940s. During the ’40s to the early ‘60s, FIBCs were made with PVC rubber to transport carbon black–rubber products used to transport rubber materials. Polypropylene bags and modernized weaving techniques delivered the modern predecessor of bulk bags, which delivered a durable and flexible way to contain, ship, fill, and release materials.

In the 1970s, FIBCs earned a major feature on the world stage. During the oil crisis and as the Middle East began building the massive oil production culture that dominates global trade today, the first production centers were made with cement carried by FIBCs. At the peak of this early phase, around 50,000 metric tons of cement transferred weekly to the Middle Eastern oil construction efforts.

By the 1990s, the standardized method of transporting goods via FIBCs was easy to see. Any materials that needed a flexible container–or any industry that wanted to save space in storage warehouses–could be served with FIBCs for better performance and compact resource management.

Around this time, a firm would enter the market that would play a pivotal role in further enhancing the way FIBCs are bought, made, and sold in the global marketplace, a firm called Palmetto Industries. 

Palmetto Industries History

Palmetto Industries was established in 1994 and is headquartered in Augusta, Georgia. The first operation made bags in a factory near Tobacco Road with less than 20 employees and generated over $1 million during its fledgling phase.

In 1995, Palmetto Industries established powerful relationships in India. Through its joint ventures, Palmetto Industries became the first company to construct FIBC bags via overseas operations in India. The second year with just over $3 million in revenue, Palmetto Industries held the title of 6th fastest-growing business in a feature by Entrepreneur Magazine.

By 1996, Palmetto Industries entered the fastest growing businesses list again. This time, Palmetto Industries ranked 16th in the “Top 20 Fastest-Growing Businesses” list by Entrepreneur Magazine. In 1997, Palmetto expanded its supplier relationships to China.

In 2006, Palmetto Industries acquired supplier assets and established Palmetto Industries India Private Limited in Pondicherry, India. The company had grown into a global leader of FIBC sales and custom design services and was the first vertically-integrated FIBC manufacturer in India.

Throughout 2008 and 2009, Palmetto Industries received the ISO:9001, ISO:22000 and HACCP certifications. These certifications enabled partnerships with businesses and projects with strict safety and material-handling requirements, which spearheaded the need to adapt and evolve with changing regulations, stricter demands, and better features that come from knowing more about industrial processes.

The Best Source for FIBCs and More

The combined Indian / Chinese bulk bag manufacturing grows with the great pace of international trade and reaches multiple industries. From for-profit factories to research centers to non-profit food deliveries and sandbagging for emergency situations such as floods, FIBCs are a truly versatile force of logistics.

To learn more FIBCs and other great storage options, choose Palmetto Industries. Our product specialists can help you find the perfect solution to supplement or enhance your present transportation options. To speak to a product specialist or learn more, call (706) 737-7999 or complete our online contact form.

Precision Bag Options For Materials, Finished Products, and Special Situations

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As with any container, getting the right size is a balance between overspending on oversized storage versus overstuffing a small container. You need to get the right size as close as possible to make bulk orders and supply chain management easier, but how can you get it right without a lot of expensive trial and error?

Palmetto Industries is ready to help you with standardized bag options and custom-made FIBCs (Flexible intermediate bulk container) bags alike, but we can also help you estimate your needs. Here are a few details to consider when choosing the right FIBC bag.

Product Density

One-hundred pounds of cobalt powder is different from 100 pounds of railroad ballast. 1 kiloliter of fruit juice may fill, stack, and swell differently than 1 kiloliter of rubber. The type of material used and its chemical properties will affect the way it fills any container.

The density of a product affects the container in multiple ways, but internal pressure is one of the most important regarding the physical impact on a container. How does your product react with more weight and more pressure? Does it bulge in specific areas, create rigid plates, or points when compacted?

Different products reach dangerous levels of tension and release at different levels. While you may not be compacting powders and liquids to the point of bursting into fine shrapnel, larger solids, like metal fragments, may be a hazard in any environment.

FIBCs handle density better than the average bag because you can see the results of higher pressures long before they become high-pressure hazards, in fact, well before the bag is close to breaking.

Environmental Factors

Your products may change depending on the weather. Outside weather, storage unit conditions, shipment conditions, and other factors can affect some materials even if they’re vacuum-sealed.

One of the most common changes comes from temperature. Objects expand as they heat up and contract—which the academic world insists on calling negative contraction, but leave that to the universities—when cold.

Perfectly-sized containers may be fine when they shrink, or they may cause the container to bend in on itself or crumble. Thermal expansion is the bigger issue, since metal containers and other objects may leak due to expansion.

Your product could be susceptible to temperature problems as well. Although FIBCs can safely store materials based on the bag’s temperature ratings, you still need to plan around products that can melt. Chocolate, candies, adhesives, waxes, and amorphous solids need climate control, and they should also be in a container with a liner in case melting becomes an issue.

In addition to climate concerns, food-grade or pharmaceutical-grade materials should take note of our food-grade solutions. Thankfully, Palmetto Industries provides both FIBCs with liners and bulk liners for your existing equipment if you need to use what you have now.

Filling and Discharge Overhead

FIBCs are helpful in this regard because they’re flexible and can take up less space than a rigid, unfilled container. Oversized metal containers will waste significant storage space if not filled completed, but FIBCs with a bit of overhead can be folded, cinched, or otherwise compacted in a neat and organized fashion that takes far less space.

This is helpful because you’ll have control over two hazards: spilling during filling and loss of control during discharge. Both of these issues are amplified when you don’t know how full is too full, and ordering FIBCs that slightly exceed your standard load can remove a lot of risks.

If you use a container that is the exact size as your load, you may lose some material from spills at the end of the fill. Especially with powders and grains, the loss of material from dust and splashing must be controlled. Solids have a similar issue due to bouncing and loss of product as the container fills.

Adding about 10 to 15 percent of overhead size to FIBCs for your load is helpful but some materials may need more or less. While understanding the specifics may seem overwhelming, seeking the expertise and knowledge of FIBC experts is ideal, particularly the experts at Palmetto Industries.

Palmetto Industries is Your Ideal Source for FIBCs

At Palmetto Industries, we can figure out the ideal bag sizes, weight limits, material specifications, and safety solutions for your materials and final products. We are more than distributors of some of the world’s finest storage solutions; we are some of the finest storage solution manufacturers in the world, too. While we handle all things storage, we specialize in FIBCs.

We’re the global experts on FIBC products, and regardless of your needs or requirements, we can find the ideal solution that is cost-effective and beneficial for you and your firm. Come see what customers around the world have known for over 25 years – Palmetto is the go-to name in packaging. To schedule a consultation, call (706) 737-7999 or complete our online contact form.

Four FIBC Frequently Asked Questions

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FIBCs have many uses, and it’s understandable to have some questions about what is or isn’t possible. There is a lot of room for creativity and customization with the right preparation steps, and a lot of your questions can be asked by our knowledgeable team.

Here are a few questions and answers to help you understand how to best put your bulk bags to use.

What is the Safe Working Load for FIBCs?

Working load for FIBCs depends on the size, and custom FIBCs will have their own safety considerations.

While FIBCs are lightweight cloth, the weaving process allows bulk bags to measure their capacities in tons. You don’t need to buy massive bags to carry tonnage when you only need a few hundred grams or pounds for your product.

Bulk bag manufacturers can size and test a custom bulk bag FIBC for your specific industrial need. Just be sure to review the safe handling and proper use details for any container to ensure the safety and peak efficiency for you and your team.

Can I Use Liquids in FIBCs?

Anything from fruit syrup to water to liquid materials for soup can be carried in FIBCs. Palmetto Industries offers liners that can be added to their bags or to your current storage options to create a liquid-carrying membrane. Liners can also be engineered for a specific purpose. This means you’re able to get a quick liner solution for standard bulk bags, a liner to drape over your existing equipment, or a custom-tailored bag and liner solution that meets your specific needs.

How Do We Lift or Carry FIBCs In Warehouses?

FIBCs have loading and carrying details that will keep you and your team safe. With proper handling, you can transport FIBCs using forklifts, cranes, overhead suspension, hooks, loading bars, and other options that can suspend FIBCs in the area.

Flatbed trucks are fine as well. Loading bags with forklifts is still an easy option, and bags can be loaded onto trucks for stable transport thanks to their flattened, stabilized bottom layer.

If you’re not sure whether your existing equipment can benefit from FIBCs, just ask! Our team can figure out the best way for your current loading and unloading equipment to carry bulk bags. If you want advice on modernizing your equipment, we provide consulting for multiple logistics processes that use our FIBCs.

Are FIBCs Food-Safe?

Palmetto Industries FIBCs are manufactured in sterile, certified facilities with clean climate control and other features that lead to a clean product. All FIBCs are manufactured in the same facilities that produce food-grade FIBCs, but specific material design requirements exist for our food-grade FIBCs.

If you want to guarantee compliance for not only personal safety, but to meet food safety standards in your area, our Palm Paks and food-safe options are a standard option. As an FIBC manufacturer and Indian FIBC provider, Palmetto Industries has multiple certifications that cover international safety needs.

You don’t need custom considerations if you need standard food safety options, but if you have any questions about specific foods, pharmaceutical products, or cleanliness, contact our sales team at 706-737-7999 for more information or to schedule a consultation.