Industry specific vocabulary is often one of biggest sources of confusion in any business. The bulk bag industry is no different. At National Bulk Bag, we get a ton of questions surrounding terminology (check out our blog post on all of the vocabulary in the bulk bag industry).
For example, let’s examine the term bulk bag. They are also called FIBCs (flexible intermediate bulk containers), jumbo bags, big bags, super sacks; the list goes on. It’s no surprise to us when there is confusion surrounding stevedore straps. The name alone is strange enough, but what are they? What other terms are used to refer to them? Let’s explore.
Stevedore straps are essentially additional straps that attach in some way to the polypropylene straps that are sewn into a FIBC. They are sold separately and/or with the bags themselves. There are several different types, but all of them are looped through the existing bag loops to offer additional ways to lift the bag. The most common uses are for forklifts. These straps give easy access points for forklifts to slide into and move the bag throughout any facility making them very popular in many warehouses where FIBCs are in use.
Stevedore straps are often referred to as ‘loading belts’.
Stevedore Strap Types
There are three stevedore strap types that are the most commonly used:
1) Standard Stevedore Straps
Standard straps are often referred to as simply stevedore straps. In this type, four individual straps attach to each of the straps sewn into the bags.
2) Double Stevedore Straps (double loading belt)
A double stevedore set up involves two longer straps where each is looped through two of the straps that are sewn into the bag. This is a very common type of stevedore for use with forklifts as it makes it very easy to put the forklift’s arms through the straps for easy lifting.
3) Single Stevedore (single loading belt)
A single stevedore set up involves a single strap that loops through all four straps that are sewn into the bag offering a very simple and easy option. This is another very common set up where forklifts are involved as it makes it very easy to pick up and move the FIBC throughout a facility.
Should you use stevedore straps with your FIBCs?
Like most questions of this nature regarding FIBCs, it really depends on your product, application, and most importantly your facility. If your facility uses a lot of forklifts, these straps can make grabbing, moving, and positioning bags easier and more efficient. The biggest deterrent is cost. FIBCs with straps will generally cost more than those without, so that will always factor into any purchasing decision. That being said, in facilities with high forklift use, stevedore straps are usually a good investment due to the efficiency gains in loading/unloading FIBCs.
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