Simple vs. Advanced. How Indus replaced the steel rack with a multi-functional plastic variant

Many companies use a steel big bag rack for the stacking or hanging of big bags in the storage facility or factory.

This rack, which comprise a base with 4 poles and usually has a dimension between 1100-1150 mm, can generally be stacked 2 or 3 layers high.

Origin of the Indus Neva
Indus has been in the big bag market since 2004. Thanks to experience in the pallet industry, a number of viable counterparts to the steel big bag rack, with a number of extra functions, soon emerged. From the product development phase, the Indus Neva emerged as the big winner at the time.

Over the years, the Indus Neva has proven itself as the multifunctional solution for the factory, both for filling, stacking and emptying, as well as safely transporting big bags. This user-friendly plastic big bag rack variant is very easy to use and can be stored in a very limited space when not in use.

Specifications of the Indus Neva include, amongst others, that it can carry 1500 kg per deck, and even 6000 kg stacked. The dimensions are 1200×1200 mm, into which big bags of between 850×850 mm and 1000×1000 mm can be placed. In addition, the stainless steel and virgin plastic variant can also be used in a food-safe environment. The big bag rests on a deck of about 30 cm. The poles can be manufactured in the desired length to suit the big bags used in your situation!

Summary of benefits
The benefits over a steel big bag rack at a glance:

  • Multifunctionality: Whereas the steel rack can only be used for the stacking of big bags, the Indus Neva can be used for virtually all relevant functions in the factory.
  • Forklift trucks: The Indus Neva can be used with all types and sizes of forklift trucks. The steel big bag rack cannot be used with a pallet jack.
  • Sustainability: Steel is far more laborious than plastic and gets damaged more easily, so it does not last as long as plastic products do.
  • Food safety: steel racks cannot be used in a food-safe environment.
  • Efficiency: while plastic is regarded as far more ‘friendly’ in the factory, it is also easier to put the big bag on a deck as opposed to hanging it inside. Once in place, there is no longer any pressure on the lifting loops.

Based on the above, one would expect Indus products to be far more expensive. After all, the design and the functionalities are far more comprehensive than the steel frame. A little market research shows that the difference is minimal. The average price for a steel big bag rack is between €250-300, while the Indus Neva starts at around €300.

Indus strives to accelerate the transformation to sustainable, accessible and safe handling of solids in the industry. Do you need advice on the appropriate use of big bags in your storage or production facility? Don’t hesitate to contact us.