What is a FIBC Flap? When Should You Use One?

What is a FIBC Flap? When Should You Use One?

We talk a lot about FIBC construction on the NBB blog, and for good reason. With all the variations and combination of bags, it would be impressive if we ever get to the point where we’ve covered them all. Nonetheless we will continue our pursuit to make sure we talk about as many as we can no matter how obscure or specialized some may be. That brings us to bulk bag flaps. What are they? What do they do? Would they be a good fit for your product and/or application? Let’s discuss.

 

What is a Bulk Bag Flap?


If you haven’t checked out our “Buyer’s Guide to Purchasing Bulk Bags”, we can’t recommend it enough. It contains a ton of great information about FIBC construction includes illustrations of bag flaps.


A bulk bag flap is a piece of fabric designed to cover the bottom or top of a FIBC with the same length and width dimensions as the bag it’s attached to. It is made of the exact same woven polypropylene material as the rest of the bag and is attached to one of the four sides creating a flap that can be open and closed. It is designed to cover whatever opening or closing type your bag has (spout top/bottom open top/full bottom discharge, etc.) providing additional protection to the bag.

 

What Industry Uses and/or Applications Do FIBC Flaps Have?

There are a variety of industry applications and uses where flaps are extremely useful: 

  1. In situations where contamination is absolutely unacceptable a flap is very useful. By covering the opening/discharge port(s) the flap helps prevent any outside contaminates from entering the bag.
  2. If there is concern that the bottom discharge port may become damaged during transport or storage of the bag, a bottom flap offers additional protection. This could potentially save the discharge port from damage that could render it unusable.
  3. If you’re transporting product via shipping containers a flap can be extremely useful. The flap will provide additional protection to the bottom and/or top of the bag during transportation.
  4. A very common application for flaps that we see quite a bit at NBB is when bottom spouts are used. After a spout bottom is tied shut, the flap is drawn over the spout apparatus covering and protecting it.

 

Important note: Typically, the addition of a flap does increase the price of a bag. If you need a flap, tell your supplier as this will impact your price per bag. Standard bags do NOT include a flap because of the cost savings.

 


 

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  1. Types of bags
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  3. Liners 
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  5. Types of lift loops 
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December 07, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Construction

About the Author: Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson is an Account Manager in the industrial bag division of Rapid Packaging and National Bulk Bag. Zach received his bachelors degree from Minnesota State University in Mankato.

Zach's background includes sales in the transportation department with CH Robinson for four years and IT staffing for another four.

In his free time, Zach enjoys running, golfing, spending time at his cabin with his wife and two sons.

Zach is National Bulk Bag's resident UN bag and agricultural bag specialist. He has been certified in UN FIBCs for hazardous materials making him a fantastic resource if you plan on using bulk bags with potentially dangerous chemicals and other materials.

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