Frequently Asked Questions
What is an FIBC?
A flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) or bulka bags, or bulk bags or bulker bags, is an industrial container made of flexible fabric that is designed for storing and transporting dry, flowable products, such as sand, fertilizer, and granules of plastic. [Wikipedia] FIBCs were first produced in Europe in the early 1970s. Now FIBCs are widely used worldwide in industries in which dry bulk solids are handled including food, chemicals, and even pharmaceuticals.
Interestingly in Australia, specially in Perth, WA, FIBC is known as bulk bag, bulka bag, bulker bag, bulky bag and may be many more! Please visit wikipedia for more information.
What is a bulk bag made from?
Generally polypropylene is used to make FIBCs.
What sizes do bulk bags come in?
Bulk bags do not have any standard size, they can be various sizes, styles and shapes – mostly cubical. Industries usually require customising to fit their needs.
What does SWL mean?
SWL is Safe Working Load which is the amount of weight that a bag is rated and tested to hold safely.
What does SF mean?
SF is Safety Factor Ratio according to ISO 21898, for example, SF 6:1 means that a bag is specified to hold 6 times of the bag’s safe working load. If a bulk bag’s Safety Factor is 6:1 and SWL is 1000 Kg, it means the bulk bag will break when it’s loaded with material 6000 Kg or more.
What is UV treated?
UV is for Ultra Violet. To protect from UV ray, additive is added during manufacturing process to protect the bag and filled materials from harmful UV ray. All of our bags are UV treated.
Can bulk bags be stored outside?
It is recommended to store FIBCs under cover to protect from sunlight and adverse weather.
What is a Baffle Bag?
Baffles are pieces of fabric that are sewn to the inside corners of a bag to maintain its cube shape after filling. The baffles have holes that allow the product to flow freely through them. The baffles also prevent the bag from bulging, which makes the bag stand up straight and in turn allows the bags to be more efficient in their use of space. Net and tie baffles are another type of baffle option, but not as common.
What is AS3668 Certification?
AS3668 is testing certification done by independent testing laboratory in Australia. Australia is a country that has zero tolerance about safety. FIBC standard AS3668 was approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 10 January 1989 and published on 21 July 1989.
Can BulkBags supply AS3668 certified bags?
Yes, we can supply. If you require getting your required bulk bags tested to meet AS3668 standard, we will get it tested and certified prior to supply you. We will send 5 sample bags to an independent testing laboratory in Australia, they will test and certify according to the AS3668 standard. The testing process is extensive to ensure safety.
What is UN Certification?
UN Certification is a testing certification for the FIBCs to handle dangerous goods. The certification is done by independent testing facility that put the specified bulk bag through a set of rigorous test, i.e. drop test, topple test, and top lift test.
Is BulkBags UN Certified?
BulkBags is a supplier of FIBCs in Australia, a supplier or manufacturer can’t be UN certified but it’s FIBCs. BulkBags import FIBCs from the manufacturers who have tested and certified their bags through recognised laboratory.
Can FIBC's be used more than once?
Yes and no. If SF of the FIBC is 5:1, it’s usually made to use once. However, it depends on the material and load you are using. SF 6:1 and 8:1 FIBCs are made to use and reuse.
What is a fill spout and discharge spout?
A fill spout is a spout usually have 35 cm diameter opening in the top-centre with 50 cm height. Fill spout is used to fill the bag, it reduces dust while the bag is being filled. The discharge spout is to discharge materials, usually have same diameter and height as filling spout. Both spout can be customise according to customer’s specific needs.
What are lift loops?
Lift loops are the loops made of woven polypropylene attached to corners or sides of the bags to lift the loaded bag by fork lift. The bags come with 4-loops, 2-loops and 1-loop. Most commonly used lift loops is the 4-loops FIBC bulk bags in Australia.
What is fabric weight?
In simple word, this is the weight of the bag in grams per bag. For example fabric weight 1875 grams means one piece bag’s weight is 1.875 Kg. The fabric weight depends on SWL and SF of the bag.
Can you print on to a bulk bag?
Yes, we can print your company name, logo, address and so on in 4-colours or black and white.
Is your business (BulkBags) ISO certified?
No. We are an importer and supplier bulk bags we do not have an ISO certificate, however our manufacturers that make the bulk bags are ISO certified - ISO 9001:2000, ISO9001:2008, ISO22000:2005 and SA8000:2008
How much does a bulk bag cost?
Bulk Bag costs vary and are dependent on a variety of design and specification requirements. BulkBags are happy to listen customer’s requirements and provide with free quote. In our case, the price also depended on the quantity. The more quantity you would order, we can make the price cheaper. Usually our price in Australia can vary from A$5 to A$25 depending on the capacity, size and many other factors.