When Are FIBC Bags Not Suitable?

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When Are FIBC Bags Not Suitable?

When Are FIBC Bags Not Suitable?


For The Manufacturers 

Most manufacturers selling bulk products have heard of FIBC (FIBC Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container) bags. Hardy and affordable, they’re versatile enough to package most products.

Before you choose them (or purchase the equipment needed to fill them), make sure that it’s going to suit your packaging needs. Here’s what you can and can’t store in different FIBC bags, so that you can decide if they’re suitable for your business.

Choosing The Right FIBC Bag Type 

Different types of FIBC bags exist, with each possessing different qualities. Type A bags are made from non-conductive fabrics that can safely store non-flammable products in facilities free from flammable elements.

Type B bags are like Type A bags but can break down a low voltage to prevent brush discharges from occurring. They can be used in environments where dust with low ignition energies exist. However, they aren’t suited to environments that need electrostatic charge dispelled.

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Type C bags have conductive threads woven into their fabrics. These threads are electrically interconnected and connected to the ground/earth when charging. They can package flammable powders in environments exposed to flammable elements. Type D bags are made from fabrics that prevent sparking and brush discharging without ground/earth present. They dissipate static electricity when transporting flammable powders or working near flammable elements. However they can’t be used if the bag is coated with flammable or combustible materials.

As you can see, choosing the wrong bag will do more than waste your money and time. It could cause a safety hazard that shuts down your operations, damages your equipment, or worst of all — costs people their lives.

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Other Factors To Consider

The first step to picking your ideal bags is knowing which ones would and wouldn’t suit your product density and business. You’ll also need to consider how you deal with these bags before and after filling them. Empty bags should be stored away from sunlight, moisture and contaminants. They should also be kept away from sharp objects to prevent damage.

Make sure that you store packaged flammable products away from sunlight and heat, as these can cause combustion and damage the bag. You should also ensure that packaged products are stored in an area with enough ventilation and airflow and away from moisture.

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When stacking your packaged products for storage and transportation it’s recommended that you ensure your pallets can accommodate all your bags without overhanging as this can also lead to bag damage.

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Getting Advice Before You Proceed

Different types of FIBC bags come with unique terms and conditions that impact everything from how you receive them to how you store them after filling.

Perhaps you need a system designed that optimises your available workspace to allow bags to move safely through each packaging stage before being stacked and palletized.

Webster Griffin can help your business custom design an FIBC filling and packaging solution, so contact us today.

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