What is Shipped with Flexible IBC tanks?
Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) are used to ship a variety of goods. Popular for shipping solids that flow, the bags are used heavily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and food industries. Variations in the bags’ designs result in specialized bags for particular products.
Materials of the FIBC tank
The basic model of the FIBC is made of woven polypropylene plastic, the same material used in milk jugs. The long-fiber plastic provides strength without compromising a light weight. Specialized bags may have drawstring tops, a controlled valve or chute near the bottom, or even a customized lining to minimize static or keep dusty materials from escaping.
Common Goods Shipped in FIBCs
One of the goods most commonly shipped in a collapsible FIBC tank is grains. Farmers rely heavily on FIBC tanks for shipping and storing the harvested grain. Pharmaceutical companies also make use of lightweight bags, shipping components of medicine while keeping costs low. Chemical and construction companies also favor the bags, utilizing the specialized lined bags to ship hazardous or dusty materials.
Why Use an FIBC?
FIBCs are collapsible yet sturdy, so they can be packed and stacked tightly. They’re lightweight, minimizing overall weight of shipments. They also collapse or fold once empty, allowing consumers to use less space than is needed to store empty rigid shipping containers.
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