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.