Overcoming the Challenges of Handling Salt in Bulk - The Moisture Absorbing Nature of Salt
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Purchasing in bulk bags or FIBC’s is a cost effective way for most process manufacturers to buy dry bulk materials. The cost of the material per pound is typically less when buying in bulk, storage of raw material requires less floor space, and the handling of bulk bags is more efficient by using fork lifts and bag unloading stations as opposed to operators manually dumping smaller bags into dump stations or hoppers. Some materials can cause unexpected challenges when purchasing in bulk however. The molecular construction of the dry material and its ability to attract moisture from the air and become compacted can create issues for processors. Salt is a compound mineral that can be hygroscopic in some forms resulting in caking and clumping (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt).