Construction sites are notoriously dynamic and busy, with a constant stream of machinery, workers, and materials. Not surprisingly, these locations can be challenging for the very products that construction workers need to make the job a success. That’s why, in order to ensure your company’s products are able to withstand construction site elements, it’s important to choose packaging that is up to the job.
Not all bulk bags are designed for the types of challenging conditions that are so common at construction sites. Today, let’s consider what to look for in a bulk bag that will be used in these difficult environments.
Construction Site Challenges
Anyone who has been anywhere near a construction site knows how hectic these areas can be. It’s a degree of organized chaos that most of us don’t deal with in our own work lives. For companies that supply products for the construction industry, the dynamic nature of any construction site is an important consideration when it comes to packaging.
Consider some of the inherent traits of a construction site that might impact your packaging choice:
- The presence of machinery, including forklifts, loaders, and other heavy equipment, which poses a risk of puncturing the bags
- The possibility for chemical spills or toxic airborne materials that may come in contact with the bags
- At exterior construction sites, exposure to UV light and moisture, potentially for long periods of time
These and other challenges can threaten the integrity of packaging, which can damage the products inside. For your customers in the construction industry—all of whom need their construction materials to be safe and intact—this may result in wasted funds, and even costly delays.
Packaging for the Construction Industry
To ensure your construction customers can make full use of your products, it’s important to select packaging materials that can withstand the harsh conditions of a construction site.
Key factors to consider include the following.
Quality and durability
Packaging on construction sites requires high-quality, durable fabrics to help prevent punctures and contamination by liquids or gases. Bags made of polypropylene resins are a strong, tear-resistant solution that provides greater protection compared to paper bags.
Depending on the level of protection your products require, you can choose from various fabric weights. Conitex Sonoco offers flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) in weights from 3-9 ounces. FIBCs can also be coated with polyethylene and polypropylene films for additional protection against moisture, rips, and more.
Another way to ensure your products are protected is to utilize packaging that suits how the bags will be used. Look for bags that offer a variety of customizations, including:
- Bag style (circular, four-panel, baffled, clover, U-panel, and so on)
- Loop design (standard four-point, stevedore strap, cargo strap, sleeve-hemmed, cross-corner loops, spread strap, or single loop)
- Top design (standard fill or cone spout, full-opening duffel or open top)
- Bottom design (spout, flat, or tie-open bottom)
By customizing your bags to specific use cases for the construction industry, you’ll ensure your customers can move, stack, and utilize the bags safely and efficiently.
At exterior construction sites, packaging may be subject to UV exposure for long periods of time. For these settings, consider a black bulk bag or a bag made with fabric that uses a UV-blocking additive. Both of these approaches will provide additional UV protection. We also recommend using a UV-blocking bag cover or shroud to further protect the bag’s integrity.
If your packaging will be used at exterior sites, be sure to let your bulk bag supplier know how long the bags will be stored outside. This will allow them to recommend specific bags that will meet your needs for UV protection.
Up to the Task
The construction industry is notoriously hard on bulk packaging. One quick look at any construction site tells you just how tough bulk bags have to be to withstand those elements.
If your products are used on construction sites, selecting a durable, high-quality bulk bag should be one of your top priorities. Look for a product that uses polypropylene resins and can be customized depending on the fabric weight, coatings, and bag style your customers require. Finally, be sure to consider UV protection, which can make or break the success of your products at exterior construction sites.
As you consider your bulk packaging options, be sure to seek out a proven and reputable bulk bag supplier that will work closely with you to understand your specific needs—because at a fast-paced construction site, quality packaging is all that stands between your products and a whole lot of controlled chaos.