When it comes to filling FIBC Bags, manufacturers & suppliers always provide a safe working load & safety factor in the manual & also print it on the bag.
The reason for the safe working load & safety factor is to ensure that the bag users don’t overload the bag resulting in the bag being torn & materials being damaged. Some bags are specially designed for only single use, but FIBC bags users use them multiple times.
In this blog, we will walk you through the safety factors 5:1 & 6:1 and also educate you on which bags are the best for single trip & multi-trip purposes.
Safe Working Load (SWL) is the amount of load (in lbs or kgs) an FIBC bag is designed to carry. As per the FIBC Industry standards, FIBC bags are required to handle five or six times the load of their SWL. It can range from 250kgs to 2,000 kgs depending on the bag you purchase per your requirement.
Note: It is recommended to fill the weight in the bag mentioned in its SWL and not load a higher amount as per the safety factor. Though the bag can withstand the higher load, keep it around the mentioned SWL for the best durability.
The safety Factor of a bag is a ratio that signifies the bag is intended for a single-use purpose or multiple-use purpose. 5:1 indicates that a bag is made to use for a single trip. 6:1 indicates that a bag is intended to be used more than one-time, multi-trip.
Safety Factor 5:1 means the bag can hold up to five times the SWL. E.g., if an FIBC Bag SWL is 1,000 Kgs and the safety factor is 5:1, the bag can withstand up to 5,000 kgs of pressure. Although the bag is rated to hold five times the load of SWL, doing that is unsafe, and is not recommended.
5:1 Safety Factor FIBC bags are designed to use for single-use/single-trip.
Safety Factor 6:1 means the bag can hold up to six times the SWL. E.g., if an FIBC Bag SWL is 1,500 Kgs and the safety factor is 6:1, the bag can withstand up to 9,000 kgs of pressure. Although the bag is rated to hold six times the load of SWL, it is recommended to not do that as it is unsafe & can severely damage the materials.
6:1 Safety Factor bags are designed to use for multi-use/multi-trips.
Common Application use of 6:1 Safety Factor Bags
Though 6:1 Safety Factor FIBC bags are rated for multiple uses, they should only be used by adhering to specific safe use guidelines. Multi-trip bags must be used in a closed-loop system. After every use, it is a must to properly clean & recondition for reuse. Also, 6:1 Safety Factor FIBC Jumbo Bags must be used for storing & transporting the same product in the same application every time.
After reading the blog, you will be familiar with which safety factor to go with depending on the application usage & also your requirement. At Jumbobagshop, we sell safety factors 5:1 & 6:1 FIBC Jumbo Bags. You can shop & buy our Jumbo FIBC Bags online.
If you need clarification about the FIBC Bags’ safety factor, feel free to contact us, and one of our sales representatives will assist you with your query.