National Bulk Bag Blog

What Are Fully Automated FIBC Bagging Systems?

If you’re currently using flexible intermediate bulk containers in a production facility, then you know it’s quite a monumental task moving bags throughout your facility. Moving empty bags, filling them up with product, moving them across your facility to ship and/or discharge; it can be quite the manual process involving a lot of labor. However, there are solutions that can significantly reduce the amount of manual labor required to do all these tasks while simultaneously improving the overall safety of your facility. We are talking about automated bagging systems.

February 11, 2019

Categories: Bulk Bags

How to Weigh Bulk Bags and Stay Within the Rated Safe Working Load (SWL)

Transporting and/or storing large amounts of materials in large flexible bags (like FIBCs) can be inherently dangerous. Because of this, we talk a lot about safety. It cannot be understated how important the safe use of bulk bags is to us at National Bulk Bag. Safe working load (SWL) is one of the most important things any user should know about the bag they’ve purchased. But how do you find out the SWL of the bag you’re using? How do you know when you’re exceeding your SWL? In this post, we take a deeper dive into safe working load and examine the various ways to weigh FIBCs and ensure[...]

January 25, 2019

Categories: Bulk Bag Safety

What is a Tubular Bulk Bag Liner?

For an industrial product that seems so simple at first glance, it’s truly amazing how many combinations and variations of bulk bags there are. After all, how much different can one bag be from another? The answer: quite a bit, and it’s no different for bulk bag liners. Sure, a bag liner is simply a polyethylene plastic bag* that is placed into an existing bag – but they aren’t all the same. That brings us to today’s discussion regarding tubular liners. What is a tubular liner? How does it differ from a standard FIBC liner? Let’s explore.

January 10, 2019

Categories: Bulk Bag Liners

Are Bulk Bags Watertight or Waterproof?

Bulk Bags are one of the most versatile bulk containers on the market. For the most part, no matter what product you are storing and/or transporting, there is a bag that fits your unique application.

December 19, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Construction

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.

December 07, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Construction

What is UV Stabilization? How Does it Impact FIBC Bulk Bags?

If you’ve done any research on flexible intermediate bulk containers outside of Nationalbulkbag.com you’ve probably run into some pretty bad information at some point or another. In general, the internet is rife with bad information, misconceptions, and downright lies. The bulk bag industry is no exception. UV stabilization in particular is one bag feature that has stuck out to us as a treasure trove of misinformation in the industry. Today, we attempt to set the record straight about UV stabilization. What does it mean? How does it impact use? Is it safe to store bags outside? Let’s[...]

November 28, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Construction

Best Bulk Bag Practices When Handling Wet Products and Materials

Recently we discussed using full bottom discharge (diaper bottom) flexible intermediate bulk containers with certain products like wet coffee grounds and other wet or high moisture products. This brought to light that we at the National Bulk Bag blog have not talked very much about the use of bulk bags with wet/high moisture products and/or materials. Let’s change that. In this post, we discuss the best practices when handling wet products and/or materials and what bag features to look for that can help mitigate some of the issues that come with those products/materials.

November 07, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bags

All About Full Bottom Discharge FIBCs ("Diaper Bottom")

At National Bulk Bag, we talk about FIBC construction a lot and for a good reason. The sheer volume of customization options available in the industry can be overwhelming. From coating options to top and bottom construction to vented sides, there are hundreds of possibilities and combinations of bag construction. This makes the topic a natural area to cover thoroughly on our blog. For most products and applications, a spout or flat bottom FIBC is the ideal bottom construction. However, what if your application requires faster discharge? Or a larger opening? For those situations we[...]

October 24, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Construction

6 Reasons Why FIBC Bulk Bags Are the Right Bulk Packaging Option for Your Business

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) are a fantastic bulk packaging option for businesses all over the world. Whether you are storing and/or transporting a dry flowable product, food grade products, or even hazardous materials, bulk bags can store and transport your product safely and efficiently.

October 12, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bags

3 Important Features to Look for When Using Bulk Bags for Industrial Hemp

If you’ve been following the National Bulk Bag blog, then you’ll know we’ve been covering the industrial hemp industry a lot recently. We’ve covered why flexible intermediate bulk containers are a great fit for the industry and which specific bags are a good fit for use. However, we haven’t talked much about the specific features that make certain FIBCs a better fit and why. If you’re in these industries, this post is for you. It is our hope that we can help guide you in your purchasing decision and aid you in your quest to find the right bag for your product and application.

September 27, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

Spout Bottom vs. Flat Bottom Bulk Bags - What's Right For Your Application?

One critical question to ask yourself when considering purchasing flexible intermediate bulk containers is “how am I going to discharge this bag?” There are a variety of ways to discharge bags but not every method is a good fit for certain applications.  

September 17, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Construction

What FIBCs/Bulk Bags are Best for Use in the Cannabis and Hemp Industry?

If you’ve been following our blog recently, you know we’ve been discussing the growing business of industrial hemp and cannabis and how bulk bags are a great fit for the various products and applications within. However, we haven’t really dived into what types of FIBCs buyers in those industries should be looking to purchase. There are so many types of bag construction and different ways to customize the bags it can be downright confusing when first researching. In our second installment in our industrial hemp and cannabis series, we discuss what bag features to look for.

September 10, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

The 7 Critical Points for Filling and Emptying a Bulk Bag (FIBC)

At National Bulk Bag we take safety very seriously. It is a part of everything we do within our own facilities and we know how much safety means to our customers. Part of our on-going commitment to safety is a dedication to keeping up on the latest and greatest trends in the industry and subsequently discussing these trends on our blog.

August 29, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Safety

What is IFS Food Certification and Why is it Important to Food Grade Bulk Bag Buyer’s?

Today’s consumers are more conscious than ever about the quality of food they eat. This is apparent whether you are shopping at your local grocery store or dining at your local farm to fork restaurant. To ensure these expectations are met, many in the food supply chain industry require independent verification from their vendors and suppliers that they are consistently practicing proper food safety and quality measures.

August 17, 2018

Categories: Food Grade Bulk Bags

Why Use FIBCs/Bulk Bags for Industrial Hemp and Cannabis?

At National Bulk Bag, we pride ourselves in noticing trends in the industry. We also take pride in making sure we take notes on these trends and talk about them with our current and potential customers. That brings us to the latest trend we are seeing: the growing use of bulk bags in the hemp and cannabis industries. Let’s discuss.

August 10, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bag Industries

What is ISO 9001:2015? Why is it important?

ISO (International Organization of Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 162 national standards bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant international Standards that support innovation to global challenges.  

July 31, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bags

Want a Quality FIBC? Vet your Supplier.

When it comes to FIBCs, quality is one of the most important aspects to purchasing. Any buyer needs to know that they are getting a quality product from their distributor of choice. Why you ask? Safety. Bulk bags are used to carry thousands of pounds of products and raw materials in facilities all around the world. If a bag fails, people can get hurt. Even worse, if a bag fails under the wrong circumstances, fatalities can occur.

July 17, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bags

6 FIBC Frequently Asked Questions

We spend a lot of time answering questions from bulk bag buyers with various degrees of knowledge. We get questions ranging anywhere from construction to specific questions about our in-stock bags and the many different applications that they can be used for.

July 09, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bags

Dangerous Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, and FIBCs

We’ve covered a large number of topics on the NBB blog over the last year, but one area we haven’t spent much time talking about is using FIBCs in situations with chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and dangerous materials. That’s because for most products and applications, a standard bulk bag will suffice. However, that certainly isn’t always the case and at National Bulk Bag we pride ourselves in being an educational resource for all users and website visitors.

All About Product Density

There is a lot of misinformation about FIBCs on the internet. If you’ve read our blog in the past, you probably know this as we’ve talked about it before. However, we feel it’s important to bring it up in the context product density as there is a lot of bad info regarding this topic. Hopefully this post will help address some of that and set the record straight.

June 06, 2018

Categories: Bulk Bags

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