BASF addresses EPS bag problems in North America

15 June 2010 23:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--BASF, one of the main producers of expandable polystyrene (EPS) in North America, has addressed problems with the special bags used for EPS delivery and has improved safety, a company source said on Tuesday.

Buyer sources said the eyelets, or strap handles, on the bags used to lift the material over the loading funnels of processing machines were breaking, causing operational problems and safety hazards for personnel handling the bags.

When loaded, the EPS bags typically weigh 800-1,000 kg (1,764-2,204.6 lb) and discharge material from the bottom.

Transformers typically suspend the bags from the upper straps, and the straps were failing. This forced BASF to fasten bags to wooden pallets as a temporary solution for transporting about 3m lbs of EPS resin packaged in defective bags.

This annoyed transformers who were unable to handle the bags as they normally would, sources said.

The problem started when the company switched bag providers while replacing 1,000kg bags with 800kg bags, a BASF source said.

The 800kg bags enable double stacking on containers, maximising container space while reducing voids for potential accumulation of pentane gas, normally contained in the EPS beads.

Adequate reinforcement of the handling straps has solved the problem, and the transportation of EPS beads was now safer, the BASF source said.

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