intermodal bulk containers

Five Benefits of Using Intermodal Bulk Container Liners

intermodal liquid bulk containers

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.