Dunnage Air Bags
What are Dunnage Air Bags? - Dunnage Air Bags are paper bags,
constructed of 2, 4, 6, or 8 plys (layers) of paper, designed with an inflatable
internal Polyethylene Bladder. They are an innovative and simple blocking and
Without Dunnage Air Bags
your cargo arrives like this.
With Dunnage Air Bags not
only is your shipment secure
but you lowered your cost.
What are they used for? - Dunnage Air Bags are used to restrain
movement of cargo loads in trucks, overseas containers, or railcars. They fill
voids, brace loads, absorb vibrations, and protect cargo from in-transit damage,
better than any other form of bracing ("dunnaging")
What are the most common causes of freight damage? - The most common
causes of freight damage are related to freight falling forward to backward, and
double and triple decked skids bouncing in transit.
What are the effects of shifting loads and damaged freight? -
Customers are unhappy. Valuable time is wasted putting the damaged freight back
together at destination terminals. The necessity for "Re's" (Recouping,
Restacking, Re-banding, Re-shrink-wrapping, and Re-working the load)
adversely affect dock production and strain customer relations .
How has cargo been braced in the past? - Loads have been braced using
a combination of empty pallets, 2 x 4's, and empty cardboard cartons. Shipments
which included fragile cargo as part of the overall load, necessitated
stair-stepping standard freight back-to or away-from the fragile freight
What are the benefits of using Dunnage Air Bags - Dunnage Air Bags
represent a less expensive means of blocking and bracing than the use of lumber
and nails or expensive rubber air bags.
What are the benefits of using Air Bags to the shipper? - The trucking
industry is in an ever-changing fight for survival. Fuel costs and taxes
continue to climb, insurance premiums soar, wages increase and discounts
continue to consume the bottom line. Operational improvements must be made to
maintain profit margins. Air Bags will have the biggest impact on the load
factor (a carrier's largest single expense). One of the primary goals of
the shipping Quality process is to improve organizational productivity. Time
spent installing Air Bags will be saved at the destination terminals, because
the carrier can eliminate the "Re's". At the same time, better use can be made
of container space.
How is this accomplished? - Air Bags permit double and triple-decking
of skids, and stair-stepping can be eliminated. With Air Bags, fragile freight
can be loaded anywhere in the trailer. Skids can be double or triple-decked,
air-bagged either in front of, or behind (or both) the fragile freight,
to achieve maximum cube utilization. Since the use of Air Bags will permit
normal loading behind the fragile freight, eliminating the need for
stair-stepping improves the load factor, and reduces line-haul or transportation
- Question: What size and ply bags are available?
- Answer: (See "Available
- Question: What type of Dunnage Air Bag is recommended for truck
- Answer: 2 ply bags.
- Question: What type of bag is most commonly used for overseas
- Answer: 4 ply
- Question: What type of Dunnage Air Bag is most commonly used for
- Answer: 4 ply, 6 ply, or 8 ply
- Question: How many pounds can a Dunnage Air Bag restrain?
- 2 ply - 40,000 pounds
- 4 ply - 60,000 pounds
- 6 ply - 100,000 pounds
- 8 ply - 120,000 pounds
- Question: How do I determine what size Dunnage Air Bag to use?
- 1. Measure void between cargo
- 2. Measure distance from floor to top of load
- 3. Measure the length of the pallets or whatever you are trying to
- (See sheet "Information to Determine the Correct Size")
- Question: What is the maximum void recommended for Dunnage Bags?
- 8" void - 24" wide Air Bag is recommended
- 10" void - 30" wide Air Bag is recommended
- 12" void - 36" wide Air Bag is recommended
- 15" void - 48" wide Air Bag is recommended
- 20" void - 60" wide Air Bag is recommended
- 24" void - 72" wide Air Bag is recommended
- What can be done to utilize Dunnage Bags if void exceeds maximum
- Answer: Should this situation exist, reduce unusually large voids
with old pallets, corrugated, or some type of void filler
- Question: Do Dunnage Bags require any type of protection?
- Answer: To maintain product integrity, it is very important to
place corrugated or some type of smooth surface on either side of the Dunnage
Bag to protect it from rough edges (wooden crates, pallets, or anything
- Question: What type of equipment is necessary to inflate Dunnage
- 1. Compressed air from an air compressor
- 2. Inflator tool
- 3. Air gauge
- Question: What type of Inflator Equipment is available?
- 1. Quick fill snap on inflator
- 2. Quick fill combination inflator tool
- 3. Rapid fill inflator tool
- 4. Air compressor
- 5. Hose and reel
- Question: Can Dunnage Bags be damaged during filling?
- Dunnage Bags can be cold burned and can burst with over-inflation. Each
bag has a label with recommended pressure. If inflation check points are
followed, it will eliminate these problems.
- Question: Why use Extra Packaging's Dunnage Air Bags instead of our competitors
- 1. The Extra Packaging bag is the oldest in the market. Years have been spent
- 2. Only top quality materials are used, and every 12th bag off the
assembly line or 8% is physically tested to ensure top quality.
- 3. The manufacturing process is integrated to ensure our competitiveness
in the market place.
- Question: Is a re-usable bag available?
- Yes, however, our concern with selling a re-usable bag is as follows:
- 1. We do not have any control over how a bag is used, therefore, we cannot
guarantee how many times it can be used.
- 2. The re-usable costs more. Most customers do not have enough control to
get the bags back, thus they pay for a bag to re-use that they do not get to
re-use. Many times bags are punctured to release the air, making them
unusable. We have a label available for the air bags which reads "Re-usable
Bag DO NOT Puncture."
Versatile, practical, and easy to install, Dunnage Air Bags reduce labor
costs and cargo damage, improve load factor, reduce transportation costs,
compliment Quality process, and increase the company's bottom line.