Choosing the wrong flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) can have serious consequences to your company. Mistakes with purchasing a bulk bag can not only tarnish your company’s name and the goods that are stored within, but it can also affect the safety of your workers who handle and transport them.
It is important to choose the right FIBC provider – one that adheres to global standards and requirements for both quality and safety. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when handling and transporting FIBCs.
Getting the wrong size
The most common mistake that is made by buyers is choosing the wrong size of FIBC. Bulk bags come in all shapes and sizes to suit different requirements of loads and materials, both wet and dry. If your FIBCs are not the right size, it will cause problems with loading and unloading, which can affect your employees and customers.
Choosing a multi-purpose FIBC
Buyers who intend on using a bulk bag more than once must ensure that they purchase a multi-purpose FIBC that can be reused. This will ensure that costs are kept to a minimum, as new bags do not have to be purchased every time you transport goods. Reused bulk bags must still meet the standards and requirements set out by the manufacturer to ensure that each use is still safe.
Ignoring manufacturing instructions
A good bulk bag supplier should always have instructions included with every bag. These are guidelines set out to ensure that proper use, handling, loading and unloading are followed. It is important to adhere to these guidelines to ensure that no bulk bag is damaged and that all handlers remain safe.
Choosing the wrong FIBC
There are four main types of bulk bags. Type A,B,C and D. Type A is used for non-hazardous materials and conditions, such as sand, grain or mining ore. Type B is for transporting dry, flammable powders where no flammable solvents are present, such as sawdust. Type C and D are for transporting flammable powders where there are flammable vapors, gases and combustible dusts present, such as at chemical manufacturing plants.
Choosing the wrong FIBC supplier
When choosing a FIBC supplier you need to ensure that they have met all requirements and guidelines. The chosen supplier should have an established reputation with years of experience in the manufacturing of FIBCs. Choosing a supplier with no proven track record can hinder your business reputation.
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