Flexitanks are the most efficient way to transport bulk liquid from one point to another – be it via land or via water. They offer excellent protection against contamination and oxidation, making sure that the liquid reaches its final destination in a pristine state.
However, to get the best out of flexitanks, you need to be very careful about loading, transport, and unloading processes. Even the best flexitanks command being handled very meticulously in order to get best results. At Rishi FIBC, we guide our customers about the best handling methods of our fluid flexitanks so that the liquid can be stored and transported safely.
Here is a summary of the best practices we recommend for loading, transport, and unloading of flexitanks.
Loading of Flexitank
Correct loading is the most crucial step in the transportation of bulk liquid using flexitanks. The first few things to look out for are: using dedicated and tested hoses that have been stored in the ideal conditions prior to use, checking if all valves are in the correct position before starting the filling, and that the left door of the container is properly shut before filling begins.
After doing the above checks, it’s mandatory that the filling hose be set up in a way that the stress on the valve is minimal. Hose support should be mounted at the same level as the valve – this prevents strain on the hose as well as the coupling.
Gases may impact the quality of certain liquids such as wine and therefore, the filler must make sure that no gases enter the flexitank before, during or after filling. The filling process must start with a relatively lower rate of filling, which is, no more than 200 liters per minute. After the first 2000 liters have been filled, the rate can be increased to about 500-700 liters per minute, but never exceeding 1000 liters per minute.
Another point to note is that there should be no contact of the bulkhead and valve of the flexitank with the container door’s interior. Finally, capacity instructions from the manufacturer should be strictly adhered to – you must never overfill or underfill a flexitank.
Transport of Flexitank
It is vital to ensure that no spillage takes place during transportation. Therefore, the filler should mandatorily install all spillage prevention mechanisms before transport. Also, it is a very effective step to visually check for leakages before securing the containers and preparing the vehicle for transport.
The vehicle being used for transporting the flexitanks should ideally be secured with wheel chocks so as to minimize the movement of the liquid – the lesser the liquid moves, the better would be its condition upon arrival.
Read more: Why Flexitanks for Transporting Liquids?
Unloading of Flexitank
Spill prevention remains an important factor to watch out for even during the final stage of unloading. Drip trays and other measures should help you significantly in avoiding any wastage.
The unloading should begin by opening the right-hand side door of the container. The left door should remain closed almost throughout the unloading – until the flexitank is nearly empty.
Once the unloading is complete, you must immediately remove all markings from the container, announcing the container to be clean and safe for subsequent use.
At Rishi FIBC, we manufacture fluid flexitanks with utmost care in our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Mysore in India. We use the best quality material to ensure the bag can withstand loading, transport, and unloading unharmed and without causing any damage to the liquid it contains. However, we do recommend the best practices be followed in all the three stages – loading, transport, and unloading so that the liquid is transported in the most efficient manner.