ISO Dry Bulk Container Liners incorporating the “Silo to Silo” supply chain solution
The “supply chain” within industries can take many forms, in the Logistics industry the ISO shipping container has become an integral asset of the supply chain for all industries globally.
With the advent of the Dry Bulk Container Liner coupled with the ISO shipping container, industries who are reliant on the input of dry raw materials where able to make major efficiencies in stock holdings and cost, over the past 10 years this has been adapted to many industries making the Dry Bulk Container Liner a permanent link in intermodal supply chain solutions.
Allowing manufacturers and producers to keep less stock of raw materials as the bulk liner and container act a “portable silo” thus enabling the raw material supplier to keep producing and stocking the supply chain
The most significant advantage was allowing the receiving manufacturer to take raw materials to suit demand of their own supply chain, leaving raw materials in the container until needed.
This concept is known as “Silo to Silo” the raw material or ingredient gets loaded into the bulk liner from the producers silo and stays in the container until it is required by the receiving customer. The raw material never gets double handled, never gets taken out and put in smaller packaging.
This concept allows for “just in time production” which reduces the need for warehouse storage of palletised goods. And allows for larger batches of material to be produced and stay contained to be introduced into the receiving process.
The actual bulk liner design has not changed in 30 years basically due to the fact the ISO shipping container has not changed in 50 years, further advances have seen the liner design becoming more modern and user friendly and advances have been made in the movement of powders or “difficult flow products”
Significant advances have been furthered in the design of the handling equipment to load and unload the containers
In some industries the shipping container is loaded and unloaded whilst still on the truck trailer, the whole process handled by one man in a control room.
The dry bulk container liner has enabled advances in the way industries source, receive and integrate the ingredients that make up their process, production, manufacturing of finished goods, allowing for a global sourcing of raw materials and cost efficiencies.