Frequently asked questions
Why should I choose for a liner-system/bag-in-box system?
Generally speaking there are three main advantages for choosing a liner system. Cost advantage (container purchase, cleaning, lost equipment), logistic optimization(storage and return transport) and investing capacity. Stainless steel containers will cost about 1500-2500 euro/container, which is considerably high cost in both purchasing and depreciation. Furthermore they are not foldable or disposable, making return logistics a cost-intensive practise.
Which liner do I need?
The specific liner you need depends of several factors. These are among others: the product to fill, the container you (plan to) use, the filling method(manual/automatic), expectations of your customer etc. Qbig can usually quickly determine your need by asking these specific questions. Some examples can be found in the products section of our website.
What material do I need?
Liner “material” usually refers to the film used. The film used merely depends on the sensitivity of the packaged liquids. Most products(oils, liquid egg, sauces) can be packaged using a VLDPE film. Others however have to be protected against oxygen(apple concentrate changes in color) and are mostly packaged using EVOH or PET-MET film material. Also other products, such as water requires specific foil to prevent the water from getting a “plastic taste”. Qbig advices you in choosing the correct film for your requirements.
What is the capacity of your liners?
Liner dimensions and capacity are always adapted on the size and dimensions of the container. Normal container capacities are 250L, 500L and 1000L, however Qbig also delivers special liners varying from 50L till 2000L.
In which containers can I use your liners/fitments?
Qbig is an independent liner supplier and adapts its product to the containers availlable in the market. We do this by using differen adapters (clips) to make our liners fit.
This makes our liners fir in all well-nown containers in the market, such as Pallecons, One-Trips, Cube’s, Ultra’s, Combolife series, SpaceKraft, Buckhorn, Goodpack, Orca’s, etc. The list of suitable containers doesn’t end here as for new or not yet known containers we can easily make a new clip making our liners fit.
Below you’ll find a list with all the tested containers.
- pallecon ultra
- Unifold container
- ceva container
For what products can liners be used?
In short: Everything in liquid, which is not classified as hazardous(following UN directives). This can be from vinegar, to honey, glue, ink, color additives, liquid egg, oils, cosmetics towards beer for dogs. For UN-hazardous goods specific containers and test certificates are needed which can be obtained on customer specific grounds.
What are your minimal order quantities?
We strive for logistic optimization and thus to work with full pallets. If needed we can deliver in box quantities.
Where do you deliver?
We deliver world wide. As a Europe based company our main market is in Europe. We however also have a worldwide customer base.
What is the delivery time for liners/fitments?
For most of our customers we aim for year contacts in which we discuss stock quantities and delivery time. Most of our products are on stock and can be delivered within a few days. For non-stock products of customer-specific orders regular lead-times are 4-6 weeks.
What is a fitment?
Fitments are the connections on the top and bottom of a liner. These caps and valves allow liners to be filled and discharged in a safe and efficient manner.
What is a liner?
Liners can be seen as the primary packaging of a product. This liner surrounds the liquid, allowing to be transported from A to B in a safe manner. The liner consists of a large (plastic) bag equiped with fitments. In some cases customers use an additional “open top” bag in their container to have an extra protective layer between liner and the outer packaging.
What is a (outer) container?
The container is needed for the structure of the packaging. The container can be made of steel, plastic, wood or cardboard and is often rigid for one trip solutions (cardboard) or foldable multiple trip solutions (plastic). Many different shapes, materials and folding possibilities are availlable in the market.
For what applications can I use your liners and fitments?
Our liners are used for packaging of all kinds of non-hazardous liquids. In combination with the right fitments also aseptic packaging is possible. Our main markets can be found in the industry section on our website.
I currently use Schutz/Mauser/Sotralenz/Fustiplast IBC's. Can I also use your liners?
Replacement of “rigid IBC’s” by the bag-in-box principle is widely been done. Especially our T-shaped liner can be a good replacement. These types of liners fill automatically (requiring no handling from an operator) and are equiped with a central filling cap. This allows existing filling equipment to be used and requires little additional adaptions. Generally speaking there are three main advantages for choosing a liner system. Cost advantage (container purchase, cleaning, lost equipment), logistic optimization(storage and return transport) and investing capacity. Stainless steel containers will cost about 1500-2500 euro/container, which is considerably high cost in both purchasing and depreciation. Furthermore they are not foldable or disposable, making return logistics a cost-intensive practise.
I currently use stainless steel containers/"kegs on legs". Can I also use your liners?
Replacement of “kegs on legs”, “Sputniks” or stainless steel totes by bag-in-box systems happens very often. Using our steam sterrilizable aseptic valves this is an relative simple change, as existing equipment can be used. Generally speaking there are three main advantages for choosing a liner system. Cost advantage (container purchase, cleaning, lost equipment), logistic optimization(storage and return transport) and investing capacity. Stainless steel containers will cost about 1500-2500 euro/container, which is considerably high cost in both purchasing and depreciation. Furthermore they are not foldable or disposable, making return logistics a cost-intensive practise.
I have an Astepo/Rossi&Catelli/Elpo/Scholle filling machine. Can I use your liners?
Of course. Qbig delivers liners equiped with a wide selection of filling caps for the most common (aseptic) filling machines. Our “spouts” will fit your filling machine, so your machine can be used.
Do you also produce custom made/ customer specific products?
Yes. Many of our customers use customer specific products. These can vary from a unique film/fittment/size combination, till a product that is fully “white label”. These latter products will be delivered using the desired names, logo’s en packaging for the specific customer. We can also develop customer specific fitments and clips, needed for customer specific operations.
Do you deliver world wide?
Yes we do. As a Europe based company our main market is in Europe. We however also have a worldwide customer base.
I have send you an e-mail. When can I expect response?
On working days e-mails and contact forms are answered within 24 hours. If you haven’t receive a response within 24 hours, probably something went wrong. In those circumstances, please contact us again.
Do you have terms in conditions?
Qbig delivers, unless differently signed on paper, always and only on their own terms and conditions. These terms are filed at the Dutch chamber of commerce. For a copy of our terms and conditions you can always contact Qbig.
Do you also deliver outer boxes/ containers?
In principle we don’t, as we believe the respective container suppliers are better suited to do so. In very specific situations it might be that a customer demands the container and liner to be delivered by one party, in one shipmment. In these circumstances Qbig may deliver an outer container together with their liners.
I have my own container. Do your liners/fitments fit in this container?
Most likely we already have a liner and clip in our assortment that fits in your container. If not, we can usualy rather easy develop a clip which makes our liners fit into your container.
I need aseptic packaging. Do you deliver aseptic liners?
Yes, we can. Please take a look at the questions on rigid IBC replacement if you already use rigid aseptic packaging. If not, please contact us for more information about aseptic packaging of your products.
I have a complaint. How can I contact Qbig?
Please send us an e-mail, fill in our contact form or give us a call. We will always respond within 24 hours.
Can I order Liquid Bulk Bags at Qbig?
Yes, our liners are a type of liquid bulk bag. They are specifically made for use in a two-part system consisting of a container and a liquid bulk bag. This system is known as the bag-in-box principle. Qbig offers a wide range of liquid bulk bags, which are held in stock.
In most cases, we have an appropriate bag for your specific container type. Alternatively, we offer tailor made solutions to meet your needs more specifically.
Benefits of liquid bulk bags
Our liner-based liquid bulk bags provide an alternative to steel containers and rigid IBCs. Our technology allows for a switch to liquid bulk bags with minimal adjustments to your current equipment and supply chain. You profit from reduced cost, more fluent logistics management and increased investment capacity.
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What Qbig can do for you
We offer a full selection of high-quality liners, fitments and auxiliary equipment for the liquid intermediate bulk packaging market. But above all, we offer the expertise to find a flawless solution to your specific challenges.