Bulk Bag Selection: The Most Vital Things to Consider

December 25, 2019 FIBC, Packaging Solution
Bulk Bag Selection: The Most Vital Things to Consider

Have you decided to transport your bulk materials in Bulk Bags or FIBC Bags and are looking for the best options in the market? The good news is, you have a lot of options in terms of bag construction, Filling, Discharge Options and many other features. However, how do you know if you’re selecting the right product for your needs? Here are some points that will help you make the right choice.

1. Nature of the product

One of the topmost factors in choosing a FIBC Bulk Bag is knowing the ins and outs of the product that you’ll be packing. Is it dense or loose? Is it granular or non-granular? Does it require special care when transporting? These are some of the questions that will help you decide the right Bulk Bag for your purpose.   

For instance, if you’re transporting fine powder, you need a Bulk Bag with tighter weave. Plus, adding sift proof seams or opting for coated FIBC Bags will prevent loss or contamination of the product. For food products, you’ll need food-grade Bulk Bags that are BRC compliant.

You also need to be extra cautious if you’re packing chemical powders or petroleum products that may be explosive. To transport such hazardous and flammable materials, FIBC Bags with static control characteristics are a must. These bags resist sparks and static, which ensures safe transportation.  

2. Safe Working Load and Safety Factor

When selecting your Bulk Bags, Safe Working Load and Safety Factor are two most important things to check out. Every Bulk Bag comes with a numerical rating that denotes these two numbers.

Safe Working Load or SWL is the amount of load (expressed in pounds or kilograms), which a bag can safely carry. According to industry standards, a Bulk Bag can handle 5-6 times its SWL — which is the Safety Factor.  

Complying with these safety standards can minimize the chances of workplace injuries resulting from wrong bag usage.

3. Size and other specifications

It’s necessary to select the right size of Bulk Bag. If it’s too big or too small, it may not work as efficiently, there may be spillage, and you’ll end up losing money.

A good Bulk Bag is made from durable material, has sturdy lifting loops that can carry the weight, and built to withstand too much wear and tear — this is especially true for reusable or multiple-use bags. Single-use bags, as the name suggests, must be chosen for one time use.

While Bulk Bags are available with multiple customizations, it’s most likely that you won’t need them all. So make sure to check for customizable features that suit your purpose. In this way you can also save money on features you won’t need. As a trusted bulk bag manufacturer, we are committed to help you make the right choice.

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