Have you decided to switch to Flexitanks for your bulk liquid transportation? They offer a huge array of advantages, so it's not hard to see why. If you are making the switch, then you'll need to learn a new way of loading up bulk liquids ready for transport. Here's how to do it efficiently, so you can get the best benefits from it.
Preparing The Container
Before you even get the Flexitank, you'll need to prepare the shipping containers for your bulk liquid transportation tanks. Flexitanks are tough, but they need the right environment to work properly. Luckily, this shouldn't take you much time at all.
Open up your shipping container, and sweep out any dust and dirt that's in there. Next, get a roll of duct tape and tape up the welds in the container. You'll typically find two in each side of the container, and two at the front. Use your hand to feel the walls, and see if there are any rough spots. If there are, tape over these with your duct tape.
Doing this ensures that no rough spots can chafe the sides of the Flexitank and cause problems, while the container is in transit.
Now, inspect the container for any protruding nails or screws, or anything else that could puncture your bulk liquid transportation Flexitank. If you find any, remove them to ensure this doesn't happen. Again, look for rough spots on the floor, and duct tape them up if needs be.
If there are large rough spots, you can cover them up with cardboard. The Flexitank box itself can be used for this, if needs be.
If you can't get your container to these standards, make sure you reject it and use another one for your bulk liquid transportation tanks.
Finally, cover the floor and walls with corrugated paper, and tape it into place. Now, you're ready to load up your Flexitank.
Loading The Flexitank
Once the container is ready, get your Flexitank and lay it out across the floor of the shipping container. Unroll it so it sits against the walls and all four corners. The corners will need to be secured now, so do that now.
When using any bulk liquid solutions, you'll need to ensure that all the parts are in good working order. Check the valve is in good condition, and that it's properly positioned. Next, check the filling capacity of your tank. You can under or overload your Flexitank by 3%, but ensure you keep it as close as possible to avoid issues with the tank in transit.
Now you're set to get filling. Remove the safety cap and locking pin, then pull the lever of the valve outwards to ensure the valve is fully open. Fit the cam lock coupling for the hose to the valve, and lock it into place. At this point, ensure the hose is fully supported. This will ensure that the hose doesn't pull down on the valve and potentially damage it.
Start filling your Flexitank ready for bulk liquid transportation. As it fills, lift the hose up to avoid it being trapped between the wall and the tank. Once you're done filling, close the valve by moving the handle to the closed position. At the same time, turn off the pump.
Seal up the valve, and then get the hose ready to be removed. Drain any residual product into a collection point, and then remove it.
Clean off the valve, and then affix the warning label to the left hand door of the container. Close the doors and seal them. You're now ready for your bulk liquid transportation tanks to go.
Unloading The Flexitank
Once the Flexitank reaches its destination, you'll need to discharge it. Again, this is quite a simple task, so it shouldn't take you too long to do. One of the benefits of Flexitanks when it comes to bulk liquid solutions is their ease of use.
Start pumping out the product. When you have the Flexitank 75% to 80% discharged, you'll need to reduce the pump rate. Once you have done this and got the product down to around 4 inches, some workers will need to get into the container and lift up the end, to move all product towards the hose. You'll also need to roll the front end of the tanks towards the hose, ensuring everything can be pumped off.
You can now close the valve on the Flexitank bulk liquid transportation tank, and remove the hose. At this point you can open up the left hand door. Roll up the Flexitank, remove the warning labels, and close the doors. You're now done, ready for the next shipment.
As you've seen, the loading and unloading process for a Flexitank is very simple. You can see why so many people have chosen to use these for their businesses, over other bulk liquid solutions out there. If you're not already using them, try swapping to Flexitanks. They're affordable, FDA approved, and good for the environment. Once you've used them for a shipment or two, you'll never want to go back.