Storing and transporting bulk powders can be difficult. Not only can they be messy, but it is imperative that they aren't exposed to moisture. No matter what method you choose to use to transport your bulk powder, it's extremely important to select the option that:
- Best suits your operation
- Creates the most successful storage and shipping process for your business
- Streamlines the process and experience for your customer
Let's examine 5 ways that flexible intermediate bulk containers can help you create a better storage and shipping process for your business and streamline your customer's process and experience.
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#1. Bulk Bag Filling Equipment Works Great with Powdered Substances
There are many ways to fill bags in your facility. One of the most common and practical ways is using specialized filling machines designed to make filling bags clean, efficient, and safe. There are many different bag fillers that come in a variety of sizes and designs. What’s best for your company and employees largely depends on your product, application, and facility.
Filling equipment commonly used with bags work great with powdered substances, specifically powdered milk. Not only can common filling equipment make filling bags easier, it can help you automate the packaging of your product and decrease the time it takes for you to prepare your product for shipment.
For more information on common filling equipment, click here to read our blog post "Common Filling Equipment for FIBC Big Bags".
#2 Moisture Protection
When storing and transporting powdered substances, it is imperative that your product is protected from moisture. As you may probably know, powdered substances can be ruined/spoiled when they meet moisture. Most bags, can be accompanied by a polyethylene liner to keep your product safe from moisture contamination.
For more information on different types of liners, click here to read our blog post "A Quick Guide to FIBC Liners".
#3 Pest Protection
During the storage and transportation process, bulk containers can be exposed to pests such as insects and rodents. Insect and rodent infestations can cause contamination and deterioration of powdered substances ruining your product and your customers experience.
Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers can be completely sealed to prevent pests from entering the bag. Also, polypropylene is very sturdy and hard for rodents to chew through.
#4 Minimize the use of warehouse space being used for empty storage containers
No matter how large or small your business is, everyone is working with limited warehouse space. Storage of both full and empty containers can be challenging especially when the are large and rigid. Unused bags can be folded into a compact form and stored until used. You can easily store thousands of bags in your warehouse using minimal space.
Many bulk bag suppliers also make it easy for their customers to have access to their specific bag by keeping your bag in-stock ready for next shipment in their warehouse. This allows you to use your suppliers warehouse space to store bags and pull them as needed.
#5 Cost Effective
Large plastic and metal containers are very costly to both purchase, use, and maintain. Bulk bags are very cost effective bulk storage options costing anywhere from $6-$12/bag and can hold anywhere from 2,000-5,000 lbs. of product safely. Some bags are manufactured for multiple uses making them an even more cost effective packaging option.
To learn more about multiple use bags, click here to read our blog post, "FIBC Bulk Bag Safety: 5:1 vs 6:1".
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