April 8, 2020

Bag it up: Your guide in bulk bags

Bagging loose items remains one of the easiest and cost-effective means of collecting goods and preparing them for shipment. There is no shortage of products your business might bag, ranging from frozen foods to nuts and bolts. Whatever the bulk item you are using, you will need to invest not only in the proper bagging equipment designed to deposit the material into bags but the right bags designed for the safety of your product. If you are new to the world of bulk material handling bags, here are some of the basics you need to know to move forward with your bulk bag investment.

What Materials Can Bulk Material Handling Bags Handle?

When it comes to bulk bags, you might initially think of some kind of food product. You may also consider smaller items that need to be organized together, such as bits of plastic, screws, wood chips, and other similar items. While all of that can be handled with a bulk bag system, there is, realistically, no limit to what a bulk bag can do, as long as the right bag is in use.

Some items bulk material handling bags can hold include frozen foods, produce, granules, confectionery, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

Storage With Ease

Storage can be easier than ever before with bulk bags. Dealing with large, heavy containers can take up excessive amounts of space. Additionally, if you have crates currently unused, these will still take up space on the factory floor. This is space you may not have enough of. With bulk bags, none of that is a problem. The bulk bags can be altered in size, depending on the amount of material each bag needs to hold. Then, when not in use, the bags will take up minimal space within your facility, which gives you the added floor real estate you might need for something else.

Delivery Method Designed To Work With Your Current System

When using bulk bags with your conveyor system, you need a delivery method designs to deposit the product into bulk bags for the next stage in the order fulfillment process. Depending on your current setup and the materials you are using, there are several options available to you. This includes hoppers and tote dumpers. Both can provide easily controlled additions to your conveyor that will deposit the product into the bags. There are also bulk bag loaders and unloaders when finished bags need to be moved (whether to a sorting area or to be prepared for shipment).

Additional equipment available for bulk material handling bags includes auxiliary conveyors that can work as new additions to your current configuration. This way, you don’t need to install an extensive upgrade to what you’re currently running. Instead, the new conveyor hardware will install directly onto what you’re working with. So, instead of looking at entirely new conveyor systems, which can represent a significant cost investment you may not need, the auxiliary conveyors will couple to the established system. It’s as close to plug-and-play as you can get in the manufacturing world.

Portable units are also available. Perhaps you do not want the hopper or other bagging equipment to be coupled permanently to an area of your conveyor system. Maybe you want the freedom to move it about your facility, depending on the specific needs. A portable option will make all of this possible. With a portable unit, you can easily adjust what you bag during a given day. The units can come with a stand designed to be moved, or you can have it installed without a stand if you have a different setup in mind for your configuration.

Of course, if you have any specific questions regarding the kind of bulk material handling bags you need or the hardware best suited for your company, Gough Econ, Inc. will help you in the selection process.

Bulk Bag Sizes And Materials

The size of the bulk bag can be altered to fit your specific needs better. The bags can be of a rectangular shape that is then secured at the top once the depositing of goods into the bag is complete. This provides additional structural security to the bag while also making it easier to stack and sort thanks to the angled shape of the bag. You can have specific sizes produces to fit your needs better. If you need your bags to hold a specific weight, this can likely be addressed as well. Depending on the bulk bag material and size, your weight requirements should be addressed to avoid any rips or damage to the bags.

The material of the bag is something to consider. If you are in the food industry, you need food-grade plastics and bags to protect your food product without contaminating it. If you work with chemicals, you will need a material that doesn’t degrade when holding onto the chemical in question. With several bulk bag material options available, the customer service staff at Gough Econ, Inc. will go over the material requirements with you to ensure you are procuring a packaging material best suited for the goods you work with.

Answers To Your Specific Questions

Your business is different from all others. It doesn’t matter what products you sell or how long you’ve been in business. The operation in its own way is unique, and with it the bagging of your products as well. Even if you now know what kind of bulk material handling bags are required for the security of your material, you’ll need further insights as to the size of the bags, not to mention the kind of equipment best suited for your product as well. To address these questions and concerns, all you need to do is reach out to the customer service staff at Gough Econ. Whatever your industry or your production output, the team here will work with you in fine-tuning your operation and assist in selecting the best bulk bagging for our company needs (both current and down the line).

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