SO BAG - Detecting Unwanted Metal | METTLER TOLEDO

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SO BAG - Detecting Unwanted Metal

In Conductive Materials

SO BAG is a French packaging company that manufactures Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBC) for a range of industries including food, pharmaceutical, building and chemical. Founded in 2013, the company has been built-up by an experienced and passionate team that provide a solutions-based service to their customers with quality and safety at the heart of everything they do.

A commitment to high standards led SO BAG to choose a Profile Advantage conveyorised metal detection system from
METTLER TOLEDO Safeline to inspect its ‘bulk bag’ products for contamination. The bags manufactured by the company are made of an ATEX-approved carbon material. Inspecting these products for metal contaminants is a challenging application. The Profile Advantage metal detector was the key to helping the company maintain its reputation for consistent quality and safety.

An FIBC, also known as a ‘bulk bag’ or ‘big bag’, is an industrial bag made of flexible fabric that is designed for storing and transporting dry, flowing products such as grains, powdered foods, sand and fertiliser.

FIBCs are most often made of thick woven polyethylene or polypropylene, either coated or uncoated. The bags normally measure around 110cm wide by 100-200cm high, with a capacity of around 1000kg. SO BAG’s ATEX Type C compliant FIBC bags are made from conductive fabric with interwoven conductive threads making it a challenging application for conventional metal detector technology. 

Protecting the Customer’s High Standards

SO BAG produces over 110,000 bags every year, with each one individually hand made to ensure the bags are produced to a high standard. The production process introduces potential metal contamination risks such as broken needles and misplaced tools.

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