Super Sack Construction Options
What is a FIBC/Bulk Bag/Super Sack?
FIBC stands for Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container and is commonly referred to as a Bulk Bag, Tote, or Super Sack. They are strong and economical containers made from a flexible, woven material. FIBCs are most often made of woven polypropylene. When filled, these bulk containers can be handled mechanically by fork lift trucks, cranes or hoists. These containers are intended for the shipment of solid material in powder, flake or granular form.
What size is a Super Sack?
FIBCs are most often made of thick woven polyethylene or polypropylene, either coated or uncoated, and normally measure around 45–48 inches (114–122 cm) in diameter and varies in height from 100 to 200 cm (39 to 79 inches). Its capacity is normally around 1,000 kg or 2,200 lb, but the larger units can store even more. A bulk bag designed to transport one metric ton (0.98 long tons; 1.1 short tons) of material will itself only weigh 5–7 lb (2.3–3.2 kg).
How do I transport my bulk bag?
Transporting and loading is done on either pallets or by lifting it from the loops. Bags are made with either one, two or four lifting loops. The single loop bag is suitable for one man operation as there is no need for a second man to put the loops on the loader hook. Emptying is made easy by a special opening in the bottom such as a discharge spout, of which there are several options, or by simply cutting it open.
What can bulk bags transport?
Chemicals, pharmaceutical drugs, fertilizers, fiberglass, food products, grains, shotcrete, construction materials (sand, gravel), pigments, plastics, refractories, seeds, salt, peanuts, starch, hazardous waste material, flyash, among hundreds of other products. It would not be an overstatement to say that most things we encounter daily contain something that has been stored/transported in an FIBC at some point during their manufacturing process.
What do the different FIBC Fabric Types mean?
The different fabric types have different electrostatic properties. We’ve explained it here.
When were FIBCs first made?
Flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) were first manufactured in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
What do I need an FIBC for?
FIBCs are commonly used for dry, flowable products including (but not limited to): grains, seeds, powdered coatings, sands, clays, cements, ferro alloys and resins. They are commonly used in the food, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and chemical industries.
Can you recycle bulk bags?
Portions of FIBCs are entirely recyclable and facilities specializing in recycled plastic can effectively accomplish this.
Where can I recycle bulk bags?
You can recycle your bulk bags with us; to find out more click here.
Where can I buy bulk bags?
Through Super Sack Exchange! Click here for more information on purchasing bulk bags.
What are the different construction options for bulk bags?
Flexible spouts are made to fill from the top and empty from the bottom. This takes away the needs to cut open, scoop, or tip and pour bulk materials. The bottom spout construction allows for easy start/stop procedures, allowing better control over the blending and dispersal of product. Many people use FIBCs due to the fact that the filling/emptying process is so easy and cost effective. This is, in part, due to the spout top and spout bottom construction. One bulk bag, containing 2000 lbs. of material takes less than 1 minute to fill and even less to empty. This rapid pace, compared to the time and energy required of many smaller containers, makes the choice to use FIBCs very cost effective. Because bulk bags do not require manual lifting, cutting, or emptying, they are safer to use than other alternatives.
Spout Top Construction:
Below is a video of an FIBC being filled, highlighting the utility and ease of spout top construction.
Spout Bottom Construction:
Below is a video of an FIBC being emptied, emphasizing the functionality and precision allowed by spout bottom construction.
What are the advantages of using FIBCs/Bulk Bags/Super Sacks?
There is a multitude of reasons that FIBCs are well-suited to their task. They are designed to accommodate a diverse amount of products and tasks. The wide variety of handles/tops/bottoms/loops available for FIBCs make them a great choice for many different transportation needs. These products are environmentally friendly, especially when reused or recycled (click here to find out more about our program). Extraneous spillage and dust is virtually eliminated. The cube shape optimizes warehouse storage and railway/truck transportation. Because the bags are flexible, they are foldable when stored empty and take up inherently less room than barrels or other rigid containers. Because bulk bags allow you to use one large container in lieu of many small ones, the choice to use them is the obvious one. It is cost-effective and environmentally friendly. FIBCs limit contamination, have a quicker turn around, maximize cube space, and have many options of disposal. This is where Super Sack Exchange comes in; learn more about our removal program here.
How much does each bag weigh and how much can it hold?
An 8lb. bulk bag can hold over 2000 lbs. of bulk material. More product, less space, and less tare weight means that any hidden or extra costs are slashed. One bulk bag, containing 2000 lbs. of material takes less than 1 minute to fill and even less to empty.
What does the tag on my bulk bag mean?
The tag informs the user of the typical weight safely sustained by FIBCs, which is around 2205 lb. and 1000 kg. It warns against dangerous ways to lift and handle FIBCs. For example, manually lifting a bulk bag or using a lift to grab only one handle instead of all four. The tag illustrates safe, recommended ways to lift and handle, such as using a fork lift at the proper height or attaching a lift to all four handles. It warns against excessive UV exposure and handling the bulk bags in inclement weather. It cautions the user to avoid sharp edges when transporting the bulk bag. It includes the FIBC Type (not sure what this means? click here), the test standard, the dimensions, and ID code. Lastly, it includes the date of manufacturing.
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