5 Reasons FIBCs are Ideal for Shipping and Storing Fine Powders

Posted on 3 November 2023

The versatility of Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) means they can be used across a wide range of industries, from food to pharmaceuticals. Fine powders are used especially in pharma, which requires a safe, clean and quality-controling shipping option. FIBCs are all that, and much more. In this article, we’ll look at 5 reasons FIBCs are the perfect choice for shipping and storing fine powders.

1: Preventing segregation

One of the most significant advantages of FIBCs for fine powders is their ability to prevent segregation. Fine powders are notorious for segregating, which means that the larger particles settle at the bottom, while the smaller particles rise to the top. 

This can cause significant issues during transportation and storage, such as inconsistent quality and difficulty in handling. FIBCs can prevent segregation by providing a uniform container that keeps the particles evenly distributed, ensuring consistent quality and easier handling.

2: Dust containment

You don’t want your production facility or storage to be covered in dust. While it can have a dramatic effect in movies, it’s simply not safe. Another critical advantage of FIBCs for fine powders is their ability to contain dust. 

Fine powders are often dusty, which can cause health hazards and environmental issues. FIBCs can be designed with various features to prevent dust from escaping, such as spout tops, filling and discharging spouts, and liners. 

These features create a sealed container that keeps the powder and dust inside, preventing contamination and protecting the health and safety of workers and the environment.

3: Customization and Flexibility

Another advantage of FIBCs for fine powders is their flexibility. FIBCs can be designed to meet specific requirements, such as capacity, shape, and handling needs. For example, some fine powders may require a specific type of liner to prevent contamination or moisture, while others may need a certain type of discharge spout to facilitate the handling process. 

FIBCs can be customized to meet these needs, providing a flexible and efficient packaging solution for fine powders. Tell us what you’re looking for, or let’s discover the requirements for your industry together.

4: Safer and space-saving handling and transportation

FIBCs are easy to handle and transport, which makes them an ideal choice for shipping and storing fine powders, which otherwise can be challenging to get from A to B without spilling or spoilage. 

Moreover,  FIBCs adapt to the product inside them, which for powders means you often save space and can store more than you would be able to using boxes or other containers.

This ease of handling and transportation makes FIBCs a practical and cost-effective solution for businesses that need to transport and store large quantities of fine powders.

5: Control electrostatic discharge

Choosing the right material for your FIBC can also help you control electrostatic discharge and make loading fine powders safer. Type B bags, made from non-conductive materials, may not be antistatic bags, but they can still safely transport dry flammable materials. 

However, if your fine powder contains flammable solvents or if you are concerned about electrostatic discharge, you may need to consider using Type C or D bags. These bags provide increasing levels of antistatic protection, making them a safer choice for transporting and handling fine powders. 

Type C bags are made from a conductive material that helps to dissipate static electricity, while Type D bags have conductive threads that are woven into the fabric, providing a higher level of protection. 

Choosing the right FIBC material for your fine powder is essential to ensure the safety of your employees and the success of your operations.

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