Fluid-Bag for heavy-duty lubricants in the mining industry
Fluid-Bag is a flexible IBC grease container of 1000 or 900 l (265 / 240 gal.) for heavy-duty bulk greases, oils, coolants and other liquid and semi-solid products.
Fluid-Bag replaces standard grease drums, grease bins and similar containers, ensuring cleaner and easier handling of heavy-duty grease and lubricants, for example for mining equipment maintenance. Fewer and faster grease container changeovers save time in the maintenance process and diminish lubricant contamination risks.
Fluid-Bag FLEXI (left) is a single-trip solution with a wooden pallet, transport bag and inner container.
Fluid-Bag MULTI (right) consists of a reusable steel pallet and transport bag, and a single-use inner container. Also available as a rental solution on request.
Fluid-Bag's flexible grease containers can be stretched and squeezed and therefore emptied much more efficiently. Using our discharging equipment such as Tau Xtractor or a Discharge Roller, you will only be left with 1-2 % residue in the bag, instead of 4-5 % as in the case with grease drums. This actually means that you will have 4 to 10 times less grease waste in a Fluid-Bag than in 200 litre drums.
This easy example sums it up pretty well (tests performed with NLGI 3 grease):
• residue using Fluid-Bag: 5-10 kg/1000 l
• residue using 200 litre drums: 20-50 kg/1000 l
Always Clean Grease
The Fluid-Bag container for grease stays sealed during filling, handling and discharge. Since the Fluid-Bag is flexible, there is no need to let air inside during discharge, the inner container simply collapses inside as the grease is leaving the bag, as the example image to the right shows. For this reason, there is no risk of exposure to particles or moisture when handling bulk grease. With a 1000 liter container instead of a 200 l drum you will need fewer changeovers, which also diminishes contamination risks and messy drum changes.
Fluid-Bag containers are a key ingredient in an preventive maintenance strategy - a clean heavy-duty lubricant ensures a well-functioning vehicle fleet as well as lower downtime and malfunctions costs.
1 Fluid-Bag equals 4-5 drums, which means you will:
- simplify your grease handling and transports
- reduce storage space
- reduce working time and lower your labor costs for bulk grease handling.
In addition to this, you avoid all cleaning costs thanks to the single-use inner container, and either abolish or drastically reduce return transport costs.
Just as safe as a rigid container
Being flexible, Fluid-Bag containers absorbs shocks very well and are resistant to rough handling, since the fabric is very tear resistant. Here you can see a drop test with a FLEXI falling from 66 cm height, and an accident simulation with a fork lift hitting the MULTI container. More videos can be found in our test video gallery.
Engen Petroleum uses Fluid-Bag containers for lubricants, greases and transformer oils that are shipped to mining sites in South Africa, Moçambique, Angola, DRC and Ghana. With Fluid-Bag, Engen Petroleum is able to offer a mini-bulk solution to manage challenges experienced with long distance transportation, on-site inventory management, contamination control and disposal. Expensive return transport of empty containers can also be avoided. Read more here.