FAQ

Below Please find the most frequently asked questions about our dunnage products :

WHAT ARE AIRBAGS?

Airbags, when inflated and installed, reduce the risk of product damage by restricting load movement during transit. Additionally, air bags reposition the load and create a bulkhead, further preventing load shifts.

Air bags consist of a clear plastic bladder that holds compressed air, and an outer shell made of extensible kraft paper or woven polypropylene material. In addition, some air bags consist of only one layer of material- for example, vinyl or polyethylene.

Other industry terms for air bags: Disposable Inflatable Dunnage (D.I.D), Reusable Dunnage Air Bag, Disposable Dunnage bag, Inflatable Dunnage Bag, or Dunnage Bags.

HOW DO AIRBAGS WORK?

An airbag is placed in the void, usually between the cargo. An inflator is used to inflate the airbag with compressed air. As the airbag fills, it pushes product against the sidewalls of the container/trailer and locks the load in place. Most airbags take only seconds to fill, making airbags a productive and cost effective way to protect products in transit.

How do I place an order with you?

Finding the correct size and type of airbag requires a complex process that involves examining a variety of factors such as product weight, size, product type, transport mode, and loading practice. A load securement specialist can help make the right product recommendations for your load type. By filling out your contact information, one of our experts will guide you through the products that are a good fit for your unique needs.

How can the air bags be recycled?

All the materials used to manufacture our air bags are recyclable once the valve mechanism is removed.

If you are interested in recycling, please contact us. We can recommend a recycler in your area.

Why should we use dunnage airbags?

When inflated and installed they reduce the risk of product damage by restricting load movement during transport. Additionally, air bags reposition the load and create a bulkhead, further preventing load shifts.

Key benefits include:

Product damage reduction also called “Unsellables” during transport.
Reduce the labor cost of securing your load compared to using lumber.
The most versatile history proven method of load securement.
Enhances customer satisfaction by providing undamaged products during shipment.

How do I determine what air bag is right for my load application?

The correct size and type of air bag is determined by a variety of factors such as the weight of the product, the void size and the transportation mode. Please contact us to speak with a load securement specialist, who can determine what type and size airbag is right for you.

What type of equipment do I need to inflate an air bag?

An air compressor or air line with one of our dunnage bag inflators.

Can I reuse an air bag?

Dunnage bags are manufactured as a disposable air bag that can be reused an average of 4 times (depending on the type of air bag used). Re-usability depends on the application as well as the handling of the airbag. Before reusing an air bag you should always verify that it is free of any wear or tears. Please note, for shipment by rail, the AAR (Association of American Railroad) prohibits re-usability.

Do you provide other load securement products?

Yes, we offer a complete line of lashing straps, accessories and tools. Please visit http://www.plastixpackaging.com

Can the valves leak ?

All valves are 100% air tested against leakage

How are the airbags packaged ?

Finished materials are packaged in sturdy cardboard boxes clearly labeled, strapped and shrink wrapped on heat treated wood pallets for shipment

Can the bags leak ?

Testing requirements for finished goods are 10% of lot quantity (air test) and 1 unit per lot (destruction test). So you can be certain that they will not

Do Dunnage Bags require any type of protection? 

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 sharp)

Which Level ratings should we use ?

Road Only (Lateral Void) : Level 0
Road/Intermodal (Lateral Void) : Level 1
Rail/Intermodal (Lateral Void) : Level 2
Rail/Intermodal (Lengthwise Void) : Level 3
Rail/Ocean (Lengthwise Void) : Level 4

What are the equivalent Kraft Dunnage bags ?

Kraft 1-Ply = PPW Level 0
Kraft 2-Ply = PPW Level 1
Kraft 4-Ply = PPW Level 2
Kraft 6-Ply = PPW Level 3
Kraft 8-Ply = PPW Level 4

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.

How do I determine what size Dunnage Air Bag to use?

Measure void between cargo
Measure distance from floor to top of load
Measure the length of the pallets or whatever you are trying to restrain.

Why use PlastiX Dunnage Air Bags instead of our competitors products?

PlastiX is the direct manufacturers of the dunnage bags we sell. Our team of professionals have over 17 years of production experience who stay on top of the changes and make adjustments to provide the best options for you, our customer.

We keep up-to-date with changes in regulations from the American Association of Railroads (A.A.R.) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When protecting your valuable products during transportation, you can count on PlastiX and the people who serve you to get your products safely to their destination, keeping you competitive in your industry through satisfying your customers as they receive undamaged products from you.

What is the price of PlastiX Dunnage Air Bags?

Pricing is available by either sending an online "Request For Quote" on the Home page, filling out our "Contact Us" form, or by calling PlastiX and asking to speak with customer service.

Please contact us for most competitive pricing