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Date: 05 Jul, 2022

New to the world of FIBC | some standard FIBC features

Here are some standard FIBC features that you must know!

FIBC (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container) is the most preferred commercial packaging solution. It caters to a wide array of businesses ranging from construction to agriculture. Also referred to as Jumbo Bags or Bulk Bags, these containers provide the ultimate solution to the packaging needs of several industries.

If you are new to the world of FIBCs and are looking to quickly familiarize yourself with some standard features of these bags, then you are at the right place. Read on to know more.

Top 5 Features of Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (FIBC)
1. Construction Material

Bulk bags are woven using 100% virgin polypropylene fabric. The construction material makes these bags amazingly lightweight. And because of the intricately woven structure of the bags, they turn out to be sturdy, allowing bulk bags to carry heavy material in bulk. FIBCs are known to offer the lowest package to product ratio because of this particular feature.

2. Structural Features

FIBCs come in varying structures. These can broadly be classified into circular and U-panel. This classification depends on how the fabric is attached to form the bag. It could either be attached as U-shaped panels on opposite sides of the bag or the bag could be created using a singular panel to create a rectangular structure. Apart from this, the structure can also have additional features like baffles or extra fabric sewn to the corners to make the bag shapelier in appearance.

3. Carrying Capacity

The interesting thing to note here is that FIBCs are customizable in nature. You can ask the manufacturer to design the bags as per your product specification, this includes the size of the bag, which can change based on the client requirement. While standard bags have a specific measurement which can range between 25 - 50 inches width and 20 - 80 inches height; this can differ for different industries and their respective products. However, as the customer, you must always take note of the bags Safe Working Load (SWL) which determines the maximum safe carrying capacity of the bulk bag.

4. Breathability

Because of the woven nature of the structural fabric of the FIBC, it often has a mesh-like texture. This allows free flow of air and water, best suited for perishable goods like fresh agricultural products. However, if air, water or any external element can put the material at risk of contamination or damage, then bulk bags also have the feature of lamination, or additional liners, which act as a protective layer for finer products.

5. Reusable/ Recyclable

An important feature to note before reusing a bulk bag is its Safety Factor (SF). This ratio determines whether an FIBC is fit for multiple usages or if it's a single-use bag. Standard bulk bags usually have an SF of 5:1, which means the bag can hold weight that is 5 times the Safe Working Load. However, such bags are suitable for one-time use only. If you want the bag to be suitable for reuse, make sure that it has an SF ratio of 6:1.

Even if the bulk bags are not repeatedly being used for storage or transportation because of the SF, they can still be recycled to make other useful products.

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