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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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Palmetto Industries Palm Paks

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.

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.