Practical lifting systems for Big Bags
Easily transport FIBCs with lifting loops
Big Bags, also known as Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers or FIBCs for short, have a very high capacity and are capable of carrying very heavy loads. Of course it would also be perfectly reasonable to ask how these huge transport bags get from A to B. The solution is simple: Thanks to the practical lifting loops, users can lift Big Bags easily and quickly with fork lift trucks, cranes or grippers and transport them to their intended location.
Overview of our lifting systems for Big Bags
You can order Big Bags with one, two or four loops from us. What’s more, we can also equip these practical containers with different loop systems. These means the Big Bags can be adapted to the transport and storage requirements of many different sectors of industry.
The side-seam loop is a classic lifting system. With this system, a loop is attached to each of the four corners of the Big Bag. To transport the Big Bag, a forklift truck must lift it by all four loops at the same time. Although handling FIBCs with side-seam loops is less straightforward than Big Bags with other types of lifting system, these Big Bags – especially single-use Big Bags – are extremely popular as this lifting system version is the least expensive to buy.
Although Big Bags with cross-corner lifting loops cost slightly more than Big Bags with side-seam loops, they make handling much easier. This is because the loops are attached at eight points – each across the corner – which means the loop openings are slightly larger than the classic side seam lifting system. Furthermore, with this lifting system the loops stand upright and cannot twist which means they are easy to lift with a forklift truck. This is the preferred lifting system when time is of the essence in situations where a large number of Big Bags need to be moved within a short time, for example.
Tunnel loops were specially developed for the transportation of Big Bags with forklift trucks. Big Bags with tunnel loops can therefore only be moved in this way. So if FIBCs are only to be lifted by forklift truck, tunnel loops are the ideal choice. To do so, the forks of the forklift truck only need to be guided through the two tunnel loops.
So that tunnel loop Big Bags can also be transported by crane as well as forklift truck, these Big Bags can also be equipped with side-seam loops.
We have developed the two-loop (parallel) lifting system so that Big Bags can be lifted by many different machines. Whether the Big Bag is being moved by a forklift truck, crane or gripper – this lifting system gives users a high degree of flexibility. However, this lifting system is normally only used with lighter filling materials.
Loop in Loop
The purpose of the loop-in-loop lifting system is to extend the normal lifting loops. This is used if the filling or emptying machine requires the lifting loops to be a different length. Furthermore, these Big Bags also have the advantage that they are easier to handle: If the Big Bags are hung in a fixture, they can easily be transported onwards via the other loops.
Stevedore loop (connected side-seam loops)
In contrast to Big Bags with other loop systems, models with connected side-seam loops only need to be lifted at two points instead of four. This makes handling of the large transport sacks easier.
As a general rule, Big Bags with a single loop are more suitable for carrying transport sacks with a lower filling weight. Big Bags with a single loop are for example widely used in the agricultural sector to store and transport fertiliser. The chemical industry is another area of application. They can easily be moved by crane or gripper as they only need to be lifted by one loop in order to transport them. They can then be transported to their destination by wheel loader or tractor. Although this means a forklift truck is not essential, it can be used to transport several single loop bags at the same time.
Two loop Big Bags can be lifted by a crane or gripper – just like single loop Big Bags. They can also be moved by a wheel loader, tractor or forklift truck which is why they are also frequently used in agriculture or the chemical industry.
Take advantage of our expert advice now
We carry out appropriate testing procedures to determine the tear resistance of our Big Bags including lifting systems prior to production. We will be happy to give you advice on the range of lifting systems we offer and our filling and emptying systems. We can also advise on further customisation options for your Big Bag.
You can buy Standard Big Bags in different sizes directly from our online shop. You can also buy practical Big Bag accessories from us.