What Bagging Machine Solution Did Webster Griffin Provide For Blazers Fuels?


Who Are Blazer Fuels & What Product Do They Sell?

Since 1999, Blazer’s Fuels Ltd has manufactured and supplied UK clients with blazer fuel logs and fuel pellets. These dense and combustible wood and biomass pellets are used for commercial and residential heating.

In 2015, the business ramped up production by investing in expanding their facilities and systems to meet increasing demand. They approached Webster Griffin for the installation of a superior Form Fill Seal (FFS) bagging line for their waste and energy products. Here’s how we helped them automate their production.


Why Did Blazer’s Fuels Want To Replace Their Old Bagging Machines?

Blazer’s Fuels needed to install a low cost FFS system that would bag, palletise and protect their pellets. It would need to be able to fill 5, 15 and 30 litre bags at an accurate and improved output of 600 to 650 bags an hour. The packing line would need to operate automatically 24/7. The palletiser would then finish the process by transferring the bags into neat, compact and waterproof loads ready for easy transportation.


What Systems And Equipment Did Webster Griffin Install At Blazer’s Fuels?

Webster Griffin recommended that Blazer’s Fuels install a vertical FFS machine. The system came equipped with conveyors, a surge hopper, forming tubes and an automatic net weighing and sealing system. It also came with an additional handle making device and gusseting device to make block shaped bags for ease of palletising.


Which Systems And Equipment Did Webster Griffin Deem Essential For This Installation?

The system used belt and roller conveyors to convey the product throughout the system, from single pellet stage to packaged pallet stage. The machine featured dedicated forming tubes for each bag size with an automatic device for easy reel changeovers. The bagging handles could also be manually adjusted for each bag size.

The system’s weigher has been calibrated to ensure a product weighing accuracy within +/- 0.5%. After filling, a gusseting device shaped each bag into blocks for easy palletising. A smart robot was programmable to offer different automated high throughput palletising options. The pallet magazine came with the capacity of loading up to 10 pallets or 400kgs in weight. An automatic stretch wrapper with a 1750mm maximum wrapping height was also on hand to waterproof each pallet ready for dispatch. The entire system could be easily controlled and operated, thanks to a HMI colour touch screen control panel.

Did Blazer’s Fuels Experience Any Lasting Benefits Post-installation?

Once Webster Griffin’s engineers installed the FFS system at the Blazer’s Fuels factory and trained staff on operating it, they immediately began to benefit from increased productivity in the warehouse. The most prominent benefit was the improved 600 to 650 bags hourly bagging rate and +/- 0.5% weighing accuracy rate.

The client enjoyed lower production costs by switching from costlier pre-made bags. Labour costs were also reduced by the machine automating certain activities and consequently eliminating the number of employees required onsite. Finally, the system’s waterproofing of palletised products during storage and transportation meant that the client experienced reduced product wastage and improved protection.

The system we installed was a modular one, which means that Blazer’s Fuels can build on and adjust it in future to better meet their needs. This is a more cost-effective solution than completely replacing the system with every change.

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How To Plan Ahead For A Packaging Machine Installation


Planning Is Everything.

Are you planning a FIBC (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container) or Big Bag filling machine installation? If so, it might seem like there’s never an ideal time to do it.

With production operating 24/7 and urgent matters constantly demanding attention, you might feel like putting the installation off. With the right preparation, the process can go more smoothly than you think. Here’s how you can execute it painlessly.

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How Long Does Installation Usually Take?

It’s difficult to predict how long an installation will take. It will depend on the supplier, how small or large the installation is or if the machine is ready. At Webster Griffin, after designing and planning, we usually take one to two weeks for installation. Having open communication with our clients helps us adhere to deadlines and deal with any setbacks. We’ve also found that focusing on the following activities can further ease the process.

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Let The Right People Know

Make sure that your teams know about the machine’s installation date and downtime in advance so they can raise any questions or concerns. You’ll also need to speak to the supplier to see if they’ll need help with installation and moving the machine into place. Ideally, the machine’s suppliers should manage the installation process from start to finish. Because of the downtime, you might also need to let your clients and suppliers know of any delays so they can make the necessary arrangements.


Prepare The Area

Before you begin installation, ensure that the area has its connections ready. This will require a licensed professional ensuring your electrical, compressed air, dedusting, communication and lighting connections are safe and up to code.

At the same time the installation area must be cleared and existing connections disconnected. Don’t forget to ensure the path from the machine’s arrival point to its final destination is unobstructed.

Adjust & Test The Machine 

A ‘one size fits all’ installation process and machine rarely applies to any business. You’ll likely need to finetune the machine’s position and finetune how it operates.

Once this is done you’ll need to test that it works and if it integrates with your upstream, downstream and ancillary equipment.

Testing the equipment will require using actual products and consumables and not just doing a dry run. Once you’re done with this, update your technical drawings and documentation so that your workforce can refer to them in the future if any changes/modifications need to be made.

Train Your Workers 

Your supplier can advise you on what safety and operator training your staff needs and how long it will take. You can schedule this after installation, but before production Ideally your supplier should be available on site to handle any scenarios your workers might encounter in real life. As each installation will have elements unique to your business, this is important. 

Working with an experienced supplier is key to enjoying a packing machine installation that interferes with your operations as little as possible. With years of experience working with a range of clients, Webster Griffin can assist you with this, so contact them today.

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Is Dust Free Filling Of Big Bags Possible?


Can Dusty Products Become Dangerous If Filled Incorrectly?

When you’re selling powder products, dust has the potential to become a costly and dangerous workplace issue. Your workers could develop health issues from repeated inhalation of it and in time it can lead to product wastage.

Owing to the EU’s ATEX (equipment for potentially explosive atmospheres) regulations, the combustive qualities of dust can constitute an explosion risk. It’s why you should be aware of ATEX regulations and zoning guidelines. This will ensure your equipment and protective systems have passed conformity assessment procedures and third party certification.

Even if you adhere to these regulations, you might find that your FIBC (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container) Big Bag filling machine releases dust. Thankfully, dust-free filling is possible with the right system in place. Here’s what you need to know.


How Do Big Bag Filling Machines Fill Bags Without Emitting Dust?

The prevention of dust emission during the bag filling process is achieved via controlled aspiration of internal feed pipe. The ‘dust vapour’ is removed from inside filling spout before the full bag is released from the bag filling station. Accelerated aspiration with variations in air flow velocity can provide different levels of suction during the bag weigh-fill-clean process.

Most FIBC filling machines can fill a wide range of products with relatively few limitations. This doesn’t mean that they might not need an adjustment to work with powder products. Machines working with powders might need additional support before, during and after filling. The more bag sizes are being filled, the more prevalent the potential dust issue becomes as each bag will have different inlet and outlet components.

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As you fill each bag, you’ll need to account for any dust-filled air it displaces. This can be removed via a dust vent and collection system that vacuums the displaced air via an annular gap in the bag. Once the bag is filled via its inlet spout, the spout itself must be contained and kept under negative pressure. This will keep dust from dissipating when the filled bag is being removed and an empty one is being attached.


Designing Your Bulk Bag Filling Equipment

As you can see, it is now possible to fill big bags of powdered products without emitting dust — and at the same time, save time and money while ensuring your workplace remains safe. To do this, you might need to upgrade or replace your Big Bag filling machine.

If you need guidance in finding the right machine that will both meet your needs and eliminate dust in your environment, Webster Griffin can assist you in finding a solution. Contact our team today to get started.

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Why Did Mansfield Sand Upgrade Their Packing Line?


Who Are Mansfield Sand & What Product Do They Sell?

Silica sand is often used in golf courses and sports fields. It can also filter water, make glass and act as an industrial abrasive.

Manufacturers add it to paints and coatings to increase their wear and tear resistance. It’s added to ceramics to regulate expansion and shrinkage and improve durability. When added to construction materials it can also improve durability and structural integrity.

For the past 170 years, Mansfield Sand has developed and produced silica sand based solutions. Over the past decade they’ve faced increased demand and needed to upgrade their bagging systems — with help from Webster Griffin.


Why Did Mansfield Sand Replace Their Old Bagging Machines?

Mansfield Sand’s bagging system wasn’t keeping up with their increased product demand by itself. It struggled to pack 25kg bags of sand in the time required. They wanted to add another system to work alongside the existing one. They could run either line or both concurrently, saving time and giving them a way to process old sack stocks.


What Imperatives Did Mansfield Sand Demand?

Mansfield Sand wanted to double the throughput of their existing line and reduce the labour required to operate it. They required the new system to pack 25kg bags at a high throughput. The new system needed automatic conveyors to further maximise throughput. As they had limited space available, the old line and new one would need to be small enough to operate near each other effectively.


Which Systems And Equipment Did Webster Griffin Deem Essential For This Installation?

Webster Griffin needed to develop a solution to facilitate Mansfield Sand’s new and old system. An angled powered conveyor and a pick-up station helped upgrade the existing system without taking up space.

The system’s Form Fill Seal bagging machine featured PE cell film registration and had an electric hoist for reel changes. Each bag was filled via a volumetric doser, settled via a vibrating device and sealed with hydraulic pressure. The machine’s rubber lined forming tubes could fill 25kg, 12.5kg and 40kg bags.

A rotating support frame supported the tubes, reducing the time required to switch bag widths. A cylinder ejected the bags onto a mechanical bag belt conveyor. The system was controlled via a HMI touch screen. A robot palletizer finalised the process by moving and stacking the filled bags onto pallets on a conveyor.

What Benefits Did Mansfield Sand Experience?

Thanks to the new system, Mansfield Sand was able to increase its throughput to 1000 bags an hour. They also went from having to have six workers supporting the system per shift to three. 

The new system used improved bags which cost less than the previous ones. This improved quality meant that the bags could be filled, packed, stored and transported without getting damaged. Film reel change times were reduced in duration and frequency to 10 minute sessions two or three times a day. And with the addition of a palletiser, the production process was simplified and much more consistent.


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What’s The Typical Weight Accuracy When Filling Powders Into FIBCs?


Why Is Weight Accuracy Important In Big Bag Filling?

No matter what type of powdered product you’re selling, you’re responsible for each package weighing what it’s supposed to weigh. This is important when you’re filling FIBC (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container) Big Bags. Rechecking the weight of filled Big Bags can be impractical or challenging — which means that you need to get it right the first time. 

Accurate weighing shows clients that you value the quality of their product and that they can trust you, while repeated inconsistency could alienate loyal customers. Accuracy will also help reduce product giveaway. This loss can be hard to visualise when dealing with powdered products but over time even minor amounts can add up in value. 

Because of the size of most Big Bags and the nature of powdered products, you’ll need the right filling system to do the weighing for you. Here’s how these systems work as well as the weighing accuracy you can expect from them.


What Weighing Accuracy Can You Expect From A FIBC Filling System?

To understand weighing accuracy, you must first understand how Big Bag filling systems handle weight. Most systems use gravimetric weighing via an electronic scale and load cells.

Systems have load cells underneath a weighing platform or suspending arms that hold up the bags. When a load is applied, a portion of its weight is transmitted to each cell. The cells then send a signal proportional to the sensed load to a junction box. This box will add each cell’s signals up and convert them into a weighted reading.

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The electronic scale automatically opens and closes the system’s filling valves when the bag has been filled with the correct amount. Hang weighing requires less weighing and taring (zeroing out).

It’s usually more accurate as it uses smaller load cells that only account for the bag’s weight and the weight of the arms holding it. With platform weighing the scale must weigh the bag, its contents, the pallet and the platform support structure.

The sophistication of the system impacts its weighing accuracy. For example, some systems use an algorithm that learns to stop and start product flow over time, provided you have a consistent product flow rate. This means that the longer you use the system, the more accurate its weighing becomes.

Webster Griffin’s range of Big Bag filling systems can offer a filling accuracy down to the nearest +/-500 grams. This translates to between ±0.1 and ±0.5% of a target’s weight, depending on the nature of the product and how it’s dosed. It’s a high level of accuracy for mass quantities.

Choosing The Right Filling System

Filling accuracy is important, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of time. Webster Griffin’s Big Bag filling systems ensure weighing accuracy can keep up with high output rates by filling each bag as it’s weighed.

This means that when operating at higher speeds, the chances of error won’t increase as much as it should. Our Big Bag filling systems can also be customised in other ways to better meet your needs. Get in touch with our team for more details.

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What Are The Disadvantages Of Big Bag Filling Systems?


How To Decide If A Big Bag Filling System Is Suitable For My Business

Investing in the right Big Bag filling system will save you time and money while increasing your productivity. However, investing in one that doesn’t meet your needs means you’ll forgo these benefits or fall behind on your commitments. 

If you’re considering investing in one, you should know that they aren’t suitable for every business. Here’s how you can tell if a Big Bag filling system will suit your business.


When Is A Big Bag Filling Station Not Suitable?

Big Bag filling stations are versatile and have relatively few limitations in terms of what they can and can’t fill. They can fill dense and light materials and a range of particle sizes and temperatures. They can also handle grains, powders, pellets, flakes, chips or fibres. Most Big Bag systems can handle friable, corrosive, abrasive, hazardous, explosive or flammable products. 


The only restriction with most Big Bag filling systems is that they can’t fill liquids — although they can work with moist, non-free flowing materials.

Just because your product is compatible with a Big Bag filling station doesn’t mean that it will automatically suit your business. A machine that’s too big for your floor space is going to pose a hazard.

It might lack the appropriate headroom and surrounding space, which could cause worker injuries and Installation problems.

One that can’t operate 24/7 won’t increase your productivity if you’re trying to increase your output — and you’ll fall behind if it can’t meet your required hourly output.

Additionally, a machine that’s not fully or semi-automatic might require more workers than you have available.

Added Benefits Of Big Bag Filling Systems

Once you’ve determined that a Big Bag filling system is compatible with your needs, it helps to check if it also performs any other added functions that you’ll benefit from.

If you’re filling by weight or volume, a batch controller and controllable valve will provide precise measurements. An extraction vent will guarantee dust-free filling and containment when filling powders. A densification or vibration function will settle aerated products with a de-aeration function removing any excess air.

If you’ll be dealing with varying bag heights, a height adjustment feature will be helpful. The system should be able to adjust to fill different bag weights and types of free flowing product.


Tailoring Your Big Bag Filling System To Your Needs

While some factors might make a Big Bag filling system incompatible for your business, other issues can be worked around. Many filling systems can be made mobile or integrate an access system if required.

You might need a take away roller conveyor that operates using a motor, or gravity. You could also require different finish specifications for different support frames, materials and non-contact surfaces.

The business designing your system for you should ensure that it’s modular, so you can build on in future. Webster Griffin can tailor your Big Bag filling system to your needs, or advise you if a different machine would better suit your demands. To find the optimal solution for your business, contact us today.


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When Should You Consider A Fully Automatic Big Bag Filling System?

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When Should You Consider A Fully Automatic Big Bag Filling System?

When Should You Consider A Fully Automatic Big Bag Filling System?

Time For An Upgrade?

You sell Big Bag products and are ready to upgrade your current filling system or get one for the first time.

Apart from considering your budget, space constraints and desired throughput, you’ll need to consider your need for automation.

Most Big Bag filling stations are fully or semi-automated. Here’s how to decide which one will be best for your business.

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What’s The Difference Between Automatic And Semi-Automatic Machines?

Semi and fully automatic Big Bag handling systems are both alike and similar and many people confuse them with each other. The difference is that the former requires human input and as it’s a traditional choice, is more common on the market.

With a semi-automatic handling system, an operator removes a bag from a roll and hooks the empty bag to straps on the system.

The operator then closes the filled bag, which will be automatically conveyed down the packing line ready for transportation. The operator can return to the open bag hooking station and repeat the process.

Semi-automatic systems usually offer a filling speed of up to 20 bags an hour and can fill bags weighing between 500 and 1500 kgs.

Fully Automatic Big Bag Filling Machines

Automatic handling systems eliminate the need for human intervention. They employ a robot that picks up empty bags from a stack and hangs all four loops on hooks, the bags are filled with the desired product which is then transported down the line using modular roller conveyors. It’s quicker, with some machines capable of filling bags up to 2 tons in weight at up to 60 bags per hour, but isn’t always necessary.

Which One Should You Choose?

Your workforce’s capacity will be the biggest factor informing your chosen system. When deciding if you’re willing to have a worker dedicate themselves to its operation, keep in mind that having someone working around machinery might require health and safety adjustments to your workspace — even if the system is safe to be around and use. Even if the system is straightforward to use, they’ll need training on how to safely operate it.


An Automated Solutions That Works For You

You’ll also need to consider how long you want the system to run. An automated system can run 24 hours a day without assistance. To match this output with a semi-automatic system, you’ll need to train and employ night and day shift workers to keep it operating.

Your desired throughput and employee availability will dictate your system requirements. The question you need to ask yourself is do I need to pack more than 60 Bulk Bags an hour, 24 hours a day?

Industrial and production businesses tend to benefit from automatic systems. Businesses dealing with harmful products or that require high capacity outputs can also benefit from an additional automatic clipper system or pneumatically operated inflation grip to keep product from spilling out from the spout during filling.


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Why Choose Webster Griffin For Your Big Bag Filling System Needs?

Whether you choose an automated system or not, you can supplement it with a pallet dispenser, roller conveyors for easier and quicker pallet transport. Various other standard components can be assembled to create a fully operational packing line.

Speaking to an expert in Big Bag filling systems is the best way to find out which machine would be a good fit for your company.

It also means that you can customise it to better meet your needs. Webster Griffin can help you design something that meets your business’s specific requirements, so contact us today.

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What Is The Most Compact High Speed Bulk Bag Filling Machine Available?

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What Is The Most Compact High Speed Bulk Bag Filling Machine Available?

What Is The Most Compact High Speed Bulk Bag Filling Machine Available?


Hit The Ground Running

Around the world, lockdown measures are easing. It means that for the first time in months many manufacturers across the USA, EU and UK are seeing a jump in demand and the need to ramp up their output. If you’re a business manufacturing and packaging products in Big Bags, you’ll be wanting to resume high speed production as soon as possible.

A natural step would be to expand your current facilities for one bigger and better equipped. However, moving premises can be costly, time consuming and impractical. A better option would be to upgrade your Big Bag filling systems with a modern model that performs more functions, at a faster pace and in less space.

Here are what Big Bag compact filling machines are available and how to choose one that will meet your business’s needs.

What Big Bag Filling Machines Are Available & What Size Are They?

When it comes to a system that’s compact and modular, we recommend the IBC-PF2 Big Bag filling machine. It fills solid materials ranging from foods and aggregates to minerals and plastics.

It’s the perfect space saving solution that businesses can start off with, as it’s easy to install and can easily be expanded on in the future. In addition to taking up just 2 by 2 square metres, it requires less headroom than other Big Bag filling machines. However, its bagging speed is limited to between 5 and ten bags an hour. Medium and high speed filling machines exist, offering speeds of 10 to 30 bags per hour (via a 4.5 x 6.0 machine) and 30 to 90 bags per hour at (via a 4.5 x 8.5 machine).


Many machines perform dual functions that further save space. The IBC-PF2 does this by weighing and filling bags at the same time. It also monitors each bag’s weight for accuracy, subtracting the pallet’s weight so you’re presented with just the bag's weight.

Building On Your Big Bag Filling Machine

Even if you do select a larger Big Bag filling machine, most can be customized to perform additional functions that could save space in your facilities. 

For example they can include empty bag inflators, dosers and automatic bag topping up via a spout. Spouts can be equipped with inflatable collars to prevent product wastage. Many machines also employ patented semi-suspension technology to ensure that each bag is neat and stable when packaged.

These neatly shaped bags help you more space by being easier to palletise and stack. Fully automatic Big Bag filling machines can eliminate manual labour by reducing the hands required for operation.


Finding A Solution That Works For You

Juggling your filling needs against the space you’re working with can be challenging.

You want a machine that optimises the space you have available but that won’t take added time and effort to operate.

You’ll also need it to fill your Big Bags at the required speeds to meet your desired production output. Webster Griffin can assist you with this, so get in touch with us today.

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What Solution Was Implemented At Bathgate Silica Sand?

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What Solution Was Implemented At Bathgate Silica Sand?


About Silica Sand

Silica sand is a mixing and surfacing product that provides structure to everything from floors to roofing shingles. Bathgate Silica Sand has manufactured silica sand products for almost every industry imaginable. Robot palletisier

Apart from selling it for industrial and foundry purposes, they also sell it for horticultural and equestrian use, and to homes or schools needing play sand.

Why Did Bathgate Silica Sand Want To Replace Their Old Bagging Plant?

Every day, Bathgate Silica Sand quarries, processes and distributes thousands of kilograms of sand. Having been in business for decades, they outgrew their Congleton plant and made plans to move to a new facility in Cheshire. They decided to improve their packaging machinery setup at the same time and approached Webster Griffin for an upgraded solution. It would need to quickly and accurately bag kiln dried/top dressing/grits/moist and wet sand products.


What Solution Did Bathgate Silica Sand Require?

Bathgate Silica Sand wanted a new production system capable of bagging sand products into pillowed or gusseted bags in 3 smaller sizes (10kg, 20kg and 30kg) and 2 bigger sizes (500kg to 1500kg).

They needed a turnkey system that would automatically form whatever size bag was required before filling and stacking it. It would need to do this around the clock and be automated to free up their workers for other tasks.


What Solution Did Webster Griffin Design And Install For Bathgate Silica Sand?

After a planning session involving the Bathgate Silica Sand team, Webster Griffin proposed a system integrating a Velocity Vertical Form Fill Seal (FFS) machine, Okura robot palletizer and bag handler and Uniwrap automatic pallet stretch wrapper.

The FFS machine starts by unwinding plastic film from a preloaded roll. It forms the film into a gusset or pillow shaped tube designed to accommodate a pre-arranged volume. The bag is then filled via a high speed dosing system before being sealed and flattened. At the same time, the FFS machine automatically forms the next bag.

Once this process is done the Okura machine picks up bags and places them on the pallet. The machine is equipped with 100 pre-installed palletising patterns and a touch screen allowing operators to choose how they palletize each stack.


What Was The Result Of Commissioning The System For Bathgate Silica Sand?

The most obvious benefit to the new system was an increased output of 1000 10kg or 25kg bags per hour.

Thanks to the system’s flexibility it could quickly switch between different bag sizes and pallet formats.

The automatic system freed up workers to perform other essential tasks. The advanced system required less maintenance, reducing downtime which in turn lowered the businesses costs over time. 

Ultimately, Bathgate Silica Sand was more than able to meet rising consumer demands with shorter response times. As they reduced the bagged products held in stock, they also freed up valuable floor space. Customers got their orders quickly and efficiently, keeping them satisfied and loyal. It's helped establish their reputation of being one of Europe's fastest and most versatile sand product manufacturers.

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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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