What is a container airbag/dunnage bag?
Dunnage bags are used to stabilise cargo in transport and therefore prevent product damage. They are placed in a void and inflated with air to restrict load shift in transport. Other common terms for dunnage bags are:
- Container airbags
- Woven dunnage bags
- Air bag packing
- Container dunnage
- Inflatable air bags
A dunnage bag’s holding force on a product is the bursting pressure of the bag multiplied by the surface area which the bag is in contact with.
Why should I use a dunnage bag?
Every year, the global economy spends millions of dollars on damaged goods that result from poorly packed shipments, but businesses can reduce this waste by using dunnage bags. Properly manufactured dunnage bags are designed to preserve the integrity of products in transit and top load shift (the most common cause of damage).
Are all dunnage bags pretty much the same?
Although all Dunnage bags serve the same purpose, the quality of these bags vary. Businesses that source from third parties generally have concerns over inconsistencies with raw materials that affect quality at each level of production. Dunnage bags, made from such materials, lead to inconsistencies with the final product.
At X-Pak, we are the only company in Australia that have partnered with the world’s only vertically integrated manufacturer of dunnage bags. This means we have stringent control in every step of the manufacturing process, from production of polyester resins, right through to the finished product.
Where is X-PAK Dunnage bags made?
The core range of X-Pak dunnage bags are manufactured in two locations: Germany and Turkey.
Can I re-use my dunnage airbag?
Yes. Although priced at a consumable level (as most clients don’t see these back!), our airbags have a valve that will inflate/deflate bags. This is fitted on all bags from Level 0 right through to Level 5 bags. Many clients throughout Australia re-use our bags between production sites.
Can you make custom sizes?
Yes. X-PAK works with many clients in Australia with specialised dunnage bags. As the generic range of dunnage bags in Australia is small, we’d always prefer to ensure your cargo is safe by providing the correct bag size and weight for the job.
What temperature can a dunnage bag withstand?
Our common range of bags will withstand up to minus 30 degrees Celsius. Any colder than that, the outer bag becomes brittle after a few hours and loses pressure. Container shipments often experience a fluctuation in temperature, so it is important to ensure we calculate the correct PSI to reduce any loss in pressure during transit.
Are dunnage bags recyclable?
All X-Pak dunnage bags are 100% recyclable, simply contact the nearest recycling centre to the destination of your dunnage bags and set up a recycling program. We are constantly working alongside our global manufacturers to product dunnage bags with the highest volume of recycled content, without compromising quality and performance. Our dunnage bags are also re-useable as can be simply deflated upon receival and shipped back for re-use. If your business operated a ‘closed loop’ system (shipping between your own warehouses), we’d sincerely suggest looking into re-using your dunnage bags to reduce your carbon footprint.