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Can FIBCs Handle Hazardous Materials?

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Hazardous materials management can be expensive. The cleanup process, detecting contamination, and following up after healthcare mishaps can hurt your bottom line and harm a lot of your employees, colleagues, and friends in the industry.

Liners are an affordable and flexible way to make contamination from hazmat a much smaller problem. Due diligence is still necessary, but a few details will show how our liner products work for a safer and more affordable endgame.

 

What Safety and Handling Standard Do You Require?

Any storage solution needs to cover the basics. FIBC safe handling guidelines will give you a general list of hazardous materials that can be carried. Be sure to discuss your needs with one of our representatives if your materials aren’t on the list. Meeting regulations and safety standards are more than important. If a business partner or government regulation requires safe specifications, give us a copy of the standards for review. Palmetto Industries already follows several safety standards, and has a selection of UN certified bulk bags.

Certifications covered by Palmetto Industries include ISO 9001:2000: Quality Management System, BRC Certification, and HACCP Certification. HACCP is the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points certification that can help buyers who aren’t sure about the risks associated with their materials.

It’s a simple matter of making sure that Palmetto testing standards and the standards you need to follow are in alignment. If not, testing can be submitted and reviewed to create a custom fit that serves your hazardous material storage needs.

 

Liners Can Augment What You Have

Do you already have large containers that work perfectly for your system? Do you have an industrial process or an assembly line that can produce what you need perfectly, but can’t handle hazardous materials?

You can solve the storage issue fairly easily. Whether you’re using a hopper, a metal tank for liquids, or a shipping container, you can use liners from Palmetto Industries to help your process become safer.

Liners from Palmetto Industries are often used for bulk raw materials and chemicals. They’re made with a virgin polyethylene film or woven polyolefin, which protects your products from the container and your container from the products.

What if you need to load dry hazardous material in a cargo truck? The leftover residue could affect future loads, and can harm workers who handle the truck later without proper protective equipment (PPE). Using liners will make sanitization easier, since at most you’ll need to worry about accidental spillage in the loading and unloading process.

If you need a hopper or a draining bag, use a bulk bag FIBC with liners from to create a flexible, form-fitting container that can be squeezed, drained, and transported easily with cranes, hooks, or trucks.

Risk becomes more expensive, while safety precautions become more affordable every day. Industries shouldn’t be held ransom by stakeholders and regulators at the same time, and Palmetto Industries can help you make both groups happier with smaller investments.

 

Choose Palmetto Industries As Your Fibc Safety Professional

Contact an FIBC safety professional to learn more about making all parts of your storage, transport, loading, unloading, and general industrial needs easier. We’re one of the leading global bulk bag manufacturers. Come see what customers around the world have known for over 25 years – Palmetto is the go-to name in packaging. Call us today to get started at 706-737-7999.

 

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.

The ABCs of FIBCs: How Bulk Bags are Made

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When choosing an FIBC bulk bag manufacturer, knowing the bulk bag specs such as the material of construction, size availabilities, coatings, and joinery methods can help you make the best choice for shipping your bulk powders and other granulated products. From the quality of the raw materials to the method of cutting, sewing, and forming, you will find the craftsmanship of your FIBCs will go a long way to extending their life cycle during service.

A quality FIBC manufacturer will adhere to industry-wide bulk bag specs and are guided by quality assurance programs such as ISO 21898:2004 for Packaging — flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) for non-dangerous goods. These companies consistently improve employee performance and will work to reduce waste while improving efficiency. You will also find a company-wide foundation based on quality control throughout business processes and manufacturing.

FIBC Bulk Bag Specifications

There are a number of bulk bag specs that are designed to meet Department of Transport (DOT) requirements for transport, including the thickness of individual threads (denier), the fabric weight (GSM), and the strength of the yarn and fabric. From these engineering specs, each bag can be specifically designed to pass a number of stress tests including drop and jerk forces that could affect the integrity of each bag during transport.

When purchasing an FIBC, the most important bulk bag specs are the bag capacity (or bag size) which can range when filled from 500 to 4000 pounds. Also, the FIBC bag types and styles should be considered when choosing an FIBC to meet your product storage and transport applications:

  • Type A FIBC – No Electrostatic Protection
  • Type B FIBC – Surface Breakdown Voltage of <6kV
  • Type C FIBC – Electrically Conductive or Groundable
  • Type D FIBC – Static Dissipative

Within these FIBC bag types, you will find different styles to meet your bagging needs, including rectangular or four-panel bags, duffle top bags, and circular bulk bags. For each bag style, the manner in which they are constructed will be similar, other than the type of material, size, and shape.

How Bulk Bags are Made

  • The making of a bulk bag begins with the feeding of polypropylene (PP) resin and other additives into an extruder to produce PP tapes that vary in thickness and width. The melted resin forms PP sheets that are stretched by rollers, then cut.
  • The tapes are then wound onto bobbins to start the weaving process which will create the FIBC fabric. The fabric weaving is performed on special looms to make either circular shaped bags or U-panels for the various other FIBC bag styles.
  • If the fabric is to be coated, the bags are vacuumed to release dust particles and passed through a static eliminator. A lamination process then applies a protective coating of polypropylene which will increase the bags resistance to moisture and sifting. Breathable fabric bags are left uncoated.
  • At this point, the bags are printed with an FDA approved printing ink, suitable for food contact. The ink that is used will dry quickly to eliminate smears or running.
  • Next, a computer program controls the precision cutting of the woven fabric from the rolls into the required sizes for the bag assembly process.
  • Finally, highly-trained employees complete the manufacturing process by sewing the fabric pieces together to create each bulk bag. All bags are sewn in an FDA approved clean room to maintain sanitation requirements. Filler cords are sewn into the seams and the bags will move on through different types of testing to pass UN regulations.

Make Palmetto Industries Your Solution

When considering an FIBC supplier, choose Palmetto Industries, a leading manufacturer and distributor of various types, styles, and sizes of FIBCs. We provide a cost-effective solution to the transportation of powdered or granulated goods. From sales to design, production, quality control, and supply chain logistics, our sales team experts can guide you through choosing the right bulk bags for your transportation applications. Contact us at 706-737-7999 and come see what customers around the world have known for over 25 years.

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.

Choose the Go-To Name in Packaging

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.

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.