Checklist: how to choose the right FIBC for your product

Posted on 27 September 2021

We’re not big believers in one-size-fits-all concepts, and always try to find or create the exact right bag for our customers. But what factors determine what type of bag you need to give your product a first-class experience during transport and storage? We’ll walk you through a checklist to give you a better idea of what to keep in mind. 

1. Look at the product factors

The bag is all about the product. Here’s what factors to keep in mind.

  • The weight and volume of the product 

Make sure you choose a bag that can safely carry the weight of the product you're trying to transport. Think ahead!

  • Particle size, the density, and aeration of the product

This could determine what type of seams are good to use. If your product has an extremely small particle size, you will need extra tight seams, so the product doesn't leak through it. 

  • Food Grade or UN approval required?

Is your product meant for food or feed? Make sure you choose a bag that has the right certifications.

  • Static levels and compatibility with the material of the bag

During the filling process, some products might be sensitive and are flammable or combustible. Make sure you choose the right type (A, B, C or D) to keep your people and products safe. 

How much space will your bag need?

The size and shape of the bag are important to keep in mind. Determine what the bag will look like when it's filled, and how it will be stored. Will it stand on a pallet? Then this needs to be part of your calculations as well. We always start out with this simple calculation:

pounds of product/pounds per cubic feet=X cubic feet capacity for the bulk bag

What will the filling and discharging look like?

Make sure the spout and top you choose for your bag match the machines you are using in your production facility. This has to be a perfect fit, to ensure that the filling can be done safely. If a standard fill spout won't work for you, ask your supplier if a duffle or open top would be better, or a cone top with a fill spout. The bottom also matters: at some point, you'll want to empty the bag - in a safe way. Your options for the bottom are spout, flat or tie-open.

Customize your FIBC

For the finishing touch, it's important that you tailor the bag exactly to your needs. These are small features, but shouldn't be overlooked, because they can effectively speed up your processes and make handling the bags safer for your team. Here are some things to ask yourself and your FIBC supplier:

  • Will you need logo printing?
  • Does it help to make the bag color-coded?
  • What height do you need your lifting loops?
  • Would it help to have document pouches on the side of the bag? 

Need help finding the right bag?

Our team has all the experience and knowledge in-house to help you find the perfect bag for your product. Share your packaging challenges with us and we’ll find a bag that suits your needs. 

Want to work towards sustainable supply chain management?

At Masterpack, we are continuously working towards better ways to pack and protect products. We proudly present our newest solution: Modified Atmosphere for FIBC’s. Download our latest whitepapers:

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