A collapsible IBC (intermediate bulk container), also known as a collapsible tote, is widely used to transport and store liquids as well as powdered and granulated products. Reasons why they are a popular choice for various industries – such as the food and beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries – include their sturdiness, variety of available sizes and the fact that they are cost-effective.
But typically, they cannot transport liquid on their own. Specific liners are usually placed inside collapsible IBCs which prevent liquids from coming into contact with container walls. High-quality liner bags increase the efficiency of shipping and storage space available through optimum filling and decanting. Plus, they eliminate the need for sterilising containers.
Keep reading for guidance on choosing the right collapsible IBC liquid liner for your application.
The first thing you need to keep in mind when choosing a liquid liner for your collapsible tote is compatibility. This entails understanding the chemical properties of the liquid you plan to transport or store. Since the chemical properties of liquids differ, chemical reactions or leaching can occur if the right liner is not selected for your product.
For instance, acidic liquids should be transported/stored in liners produced from materials that are compatible with acids. The same goes for alkaline liquids which require a liner able to resist corrosive effects. Furthermore, the right tote liners will help protect not only the contents of the bag, but the collapsible IBC as well.
- Strength and Durability
Two other critical factors to consider, that go hand in hand, are strength and durability. If you choose a collapsible IBC liquid liner that is either too weak or not durable enough, it may end up rupturing or tearing during transportation or storage. This, in turn, can cause leaks or spills and environmental damage. The liner you choose should therefore be able to withstand the rigours of your application to reduce the risk of costly accidents and ensure safe and successful transportation and storage or products.
External factors can also play a role such as extreme temperatures and rough handling. The liner you choose for your collapsible tote should be able to withstand these conditions without compromising the integrity of the product inside.
- Size and Fit
Size and fit are important aspects to consider as the right selection will help prevent product leaks and spills. If you get it wrong, collapsible tote liners can get wrinkled or creased inside the containers which can weaken the liner. A weakened liner is at risk of leaking which can go on to cause product loss, hurting your bottom line.
Ideally, you want to choose a liner solution that is customisable to ensure total product protection during the filling, transportation and decanting processes.
- Environmental Impact
You should also keep the environment in mind when selecting a liquid liner for your collapsible IBC application. Some liners are made from materials that can be recycled after use, reducing waste and environmental impact. If you have the option, choosing an eco-friendly liner for your collapsible totes is a great way to contribute to sustainable packaging practices.
ALC Liquid Packaging’s liner bags are specifically customised for the collapsible IBCs in which they get used. In fact, our flexible container packaging solutions are designed to effectively store and ship liquid products, powdered products, granulated products as well as pickled products in a safe and cost-effective way.
We offer the following solutions:
– Low Viscosity Liner Solutions
– High Viscosity Liner Solutions
– Aseptic Applications
When it comes to filling and decanting our liners, handling varies from very little to hands-free. VIEW OUR RANGE
We regularly test our liner solutions and applications to ensure optimal performance delivery. This ensures a high level of quality across all liquid packaging solutions.
Choosing the right liquid liner for your collapsible totes is critical to the successful transportation and storage of liquids and other relevant products. Factors to consider include compatibility (with the liquid/product being transported), strength and durability, size and fit as well as environmental impact.
Get in touch to learn more about ALC’s reliable and efficient collapsible IBC liner solutions.