Facts about FIBC bulk bags
About FIBC Bulk Bags:-
Below are some of the amazing and interesting facts about FIBC bags which you should know:
- They are made up of thick woven polypropylene or polyethylene. They are sometimes coated and sometimes uncoated.
- These bulk bags are capable of holding 50 to 2500 kilograms of bulk material.
- These bags are light weight weighing 2-3 kg. only with each bag designed to carry one metric ton of material.
- A typical FIBC bag’s diameter is 45–48 inches (115–120 cm) and the height varies from 40-50 inches (100-200 cm).
- Loading and carrying is done by lifting the bags from the loops.
- The bags are made with one, two or four lifting loops.
- FIBCs come with a discharge spout at the bottom, which makes emptying very convenient.
- They are strong is nature and are sometime used for making barriers during flood.
The FIBC bags to meet high demands in terms of strength and durability, it is important that these bags are stored and handled according to manufacturer’s advice and in manner with best industrial practices.
The FIBC bags need to be protected from the following elements:-
- Outdoor storage:- FIBCA does not support any kind of outside storage for the FIBC bags, even if the location is safe from moisture and UV rays. Therefore, it is important that these bags are stored inside to increase their shelf life.
- UV rays:- While the woven polypropylene that makes up bulk bags is extremely durable, over time, exposure to UV rays can start to weaken the fabric. Polypropylene is a reliable material, but you want to avoid anything that could potentially weaken a material expected to bear over a ton of weight.
It is important that FIBC bags are handled properly at every stage, from filling, storage, to transportation. In order to fill FIBCs safely and successfully.
- Before the filling begins ensuring the FIBC is visually free from any damage that may compromise its strength or carrying ability. If you see a Cut, a loose seam or any other defect, do not attempt to fill the bulk bag. It should be removed and given a thorough inspection before being used again.
- Do not use FIBCs to carry unapproved materials.
- While fill the FIBC, make sure the product is filling the bag Completely and that the bag is remaining stable as it is being filled.
- The device being used to support or suspend a filled FIBC should be of sufficient strength capacity.
- The fill spout of the bulk bag should be closed as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Ensure all personnel stand well clear of the moving FIBC.
- Use lifting mechanisms that are approved for lifting FIBCs.
- Only use hooks, bars and fork lift tines that are free of protrusions and have rounded edges with a radius of at least five mm.
- Move the FIBC using a fluid motion.
- Never move a damaged FIBC.
- Be certain any cranes and lifting mechanisms are rated to bear the weight of a filled FIBC.
- Start with a visual inspection to ensure filled FIBCs are free from any damage that might compromise their strength.
- Always use pyramid or supported stacking method while transporting the FIBCs to ensure they are placed properly.
- Ensure that FIBCs are stable before stacking them.
- Storing FIBCs indoors in a UV free and dry area is a must.
- Cover FIBCs to protect them from dirt, moisture and UV rays.
- Secure all FIBCs when transporting them.
- Make sure all lift loops or sleeves are being used when emptying your FIBC.
- Lower the FIBC into position smoothly.
- Make sure personnel are standing well clear of the emptying FIBC.
- Make sure your FIBC is free from damage before initiating the emptying process.