From agriculture to construction, chemicals to food processing, FIBC bulk bags play a critical role in storing, transporting, and handling a wide range of dry and granular materials. But, what exactly are these bags and why are they such a popular choice? Here, we’ll dive into the specifics of FIBC bulk bags, exploring their features, benefits, and various applications.
What are FIBC Bulk Bags?
FIBC bulk bags, also known as flexible intermediate bulk containers, are large, durable bags made from woven polypropylene fabric. These bags can be used for storing and transporting a variety of bulk materials. Usually, these bags will have a cubic or rectangular shape with a top opening and a bottom discharge spout for easy filling and emptying.
These bags are most commonly used in industries like the agricultural, construction, chemical, and food processing sectors, for handling a wide range of dry and granular materials. These materials may include grains, seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, powders, and more.
FIBC bulk bags are known for their strength, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness, making them a popular choice for bulk packaging and transportation needs. They come in various sizes, capacities, and designs to suit different applications, and can be customized with features such as liners, closures, and lifting loops for added convenience and safety.
So, how many different types of bulk bags are there and how do they help certain operations? Here, we’ll delve deep into each kind of bag and help you determine the best type for your operation.
Types of FIBC Bulk Bags
Recycled 30 Bag
Recycled 30 FIBC bulk bags are manufactured using 30 percent recycled polypropylene material, making them an environmentally friendly option for bulk packaging and transportation. The recycled material is typically sourced from post-consumer or post-industrial waste, and processed to meet stringent quality standards. By using recycled materials, these bags help reduce the demand for new raw materials and decrease the overall environmental impact associated with plastic production.
Food Grade and Pharmaceutical
Food grade and pharmaceutical bags must be produced in a clean room commissioned to the highest hygiene standards. Many of these bags are equipped with LDPE/LLDPE inner liners that are approved for use by the food and pharmaceutical industry. Perhaps most important of all, these bags go through rigorous processes to ensure there is no loose thread contamination. Ultrasonic cutting equipment, heat sealing cutting units, vacuum systems, and metal detection equipment are responsible for ensuring this contamination does not occur.
Food grade and pharmaceutical bags may also be referred to as “clean room bags” as they must adhere to certain FDA directives relating to manufacturing materials that encounter food and pharmaceutical products.
FIBC hazardous material bags are a cost-saving and heavy duty waste handling container solution. At Tyoga Container, we reinforce these bags with corrugated side panels, making them self-supporting to protect your products and keep them contamination-free.
Conductive and Antistatic
Conductive and antistatic FIBC bags are specially designed to safely handle materials that are sensitive to static electricity. Conductive bags are made from a specialized fabric that contains conductive threads or tapes, allowing static electricity to dissipate and preventing the accumulation of static charge on the bag’s surface. Conductive bags are typically used for materials that are highly flammable or explosive, such as powders, chemicals, or solvents because the buildup of static charge could pose a serious safety risk.
Antistatic bags are slightly different from conductive bags, though they are made with the same purpose. Antistatic bags are made from a fabric treated with an anti-static additive, which helps to reduce the generation of static electricity and prevent sparks or discharges. These bags are perfect for materials that are slightly less sensitive to static electricity but still require protection against static buildup. These materials may include pharmaceuticals, electronics, or chemicals.
Baffle bags — also known as Q-bags or square bags — feature internal baffles (panels) sewn into the corners of the bag. The baffles help to maintain the bag’s shape and stability, even when partially filled. This prevents the bag from bulging or collapsing during transportation or storage. Additionally, the baffles create a square or rectangular shape within the bag, which allows for more efficient use of space and improved stability during stacking or palletizing.
Baffle bags are most commonly used for powders or granules, where maintaining the bag shape and stability is important for safe and efficient handling. The bags can be customized with features such as liners, discharge spouts, and lifting loops for added convenience.
Seed and Feed
Seed and feed bags are made from food-grade, woven polypropylene, and can come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. As the name suggests, they are most commonly used to transport seed or feed materials. As such, these bags typically come in coated and uncoated fabric options for additional breathability or accommodation for moisture-sensitive products.
Crumb rubber bags are ideal for tire recycling products, as they’re most commonly used for carrying crumb rubber, rubber mulch, and synthetic turf. These bags usually have a reinforced design, with additional fabric layers, stitching, or liners to provide extra strength and protection against punctures, abrasions, and moisture.
Construction and Sandbags
Construction bulk bags and sandbags can be used to transport a wide range of materials, from building and construction materials to topsoil, dirt, debris, and — of course — sand. These bags are recyclable, cost-effective, and foldable for easy storage.
Firewood bags are unique as they are manufactured to provide maximum air circulations during storage. Available in small mesh and bulk bag sizes, these bags are made from ventilated fabric, which provides optimum airflow.
Trust Tyoga Container for Your FIBC Bulk Bags
When you need FIBC bulk bags, turn to Tyoga Container. As an FIBCA member, we provide the highest quality FIBC bulk bags on the market. We can provide strong bag options for your operations, and even print custom graphics on them, if needed.
With so many bulk bag manufacturers out there, why should you work with Tyoga Container? For more than 50 years, we’ve been solving even the most challenging packaging needs, uniquely positioning us to help your operation. We’ve seen it all and can help you choose the strongest, most cost-effective packaging solution on the market.
In addition to bulk bags, we also offer a range of corrugated, transit protection, packaging supplies, and pallet and crate options to suit your needs. Our facilities employ state-of-the-art equipment and the most experienced team, allowing us to go beyond the basics and quickly solve your packaging challenges. Our dedicated team will work with you every step of the way, ensuring you get the best customer experience.
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