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Inflatable Dunnage for Railcar Shipment Applications

Association of American Railroads ( AAR ) certified air bags are 100% leak proof tested and provide flexible, conforming dunnage to secure goods and materials shipped by railcar.

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  1. 48" x 84" Polywoven Dunnage Air Bag - Level 3

    48" x 84" Polywoven Dunnage Air Bag - Level 3

    48" x 84", Level 3, AAR verified, polywoven dunnage air bags fill voids of 2 inches-16 inches. Our 48 in. x 84 in. polywoven air inflated bags are packaged 5 per box or 130 in pallet load quantities. See Product Details and Pricing Information

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    $18.25

  2. 48" x 96" Polywoven Dunnage Air Bag - Level 4

    48" x 96" Polywoven Dunnage Air Bag - Level 4

    48" x 96", Level 4, AAR verified, polywoven dunnage air bags fill voids of 4 inches - 12 inches. Our 48 in. x 96 in. polywoven air inflated bags are packaged 5 per box or 120 in pallet load quantities. See Product Details and Pricing Information

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    $29.85

  3. 48" x 96" Kraft Paper Dunnage Air Bag - 6-Ply

    48" x 96" Kraft Paper Dunnage Air Bag - 6-Ply

    48 in. x 96 in. 6 ply, Level 3, kraft paper dunnage air bag fills lateral voids of 2 to 16 inches. AAR certified. Our 48" x 96" kraft dunnage air bags are packaged 5 per box or available in pallet load quantities. See Product Details and Pricing Information

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    $37.95

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Inflatable Railcar Dunnage FAQ

Dunnage Air Bags For Shipments by Rail - Frequently Asked Questions

What are Dunnage Air Bags?

Air inflated dunnage bags are used to restrain movement of cargo loads in containers used to ship goods by railroad. Air bags fill voids, brace loads, absorb vibrations, and protect your cargo from in-transit damage using less weight than other forms of load-bracing also known as dunnage.

Dunnage air bag restraints are constructed using one of two primary types of exterior shell. A kraft exterior bag uses multiple layers (2, 4, 6, or 8 plys) of paper over an inflatable internal polyethylene bladder. Polywoven bag construction has varying gauges of polywoven material as an exterior shell and an inflatable internal polyethylene bladder. Dunnage bags are used frequently because they allow for flexible, extremely light-weight and simple blocking and bracing to restrain movement of cargo loads. This is particularly important in shipments by rail due to the fact that tipping or movement within a single railcar has the potential to destabilize the entire train.

Supplied based on multiple levels conforming to international shipping standards, inflatable air bags are manufactured and sold in 5 different configuration levels (L1, L2, L3, L4, and L5), each designed to withstand different force loads in transit. L3 or Level Three is considered the minimum appropriate for cargo being shipped in railcars. Higher level air bags may also be used to restrain cargo container shipments up to 120,000 pounds.

What type of Dunnage Air Bag is most commonly used for rail shipments?

LEVELS 3,4, & 5 Polywoven or 6-ply & 8-ply paper air bags can be used. Please contact our damage prevention experts for additional information or requests.

What are the most common causes of freight damage?

There are 2 extremely common causes of freight damage during shipment in rail car shipping. The first is related to freight falling forward or backward due to open areas within a poorly loaded container. The second commonly seen situation is damage related to double and triple decked skids within the railcar bouncing in transit. The third common damage concern is related to lateral or side-to-side movement during turns while in transit or on-loading / off-loading from the train.

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 some benefits of bracing loads in railcars using Litco’s dunnage air bags?

Air bag use will have the biggest impact on the load factor (a carrier's largest single expense). Dunnage air bags represent a less expensive means of blocking and bracing than the use of lumber or expensive rubber air bags. This type of operational improvement helps directly maintain and improve profit margins.

Can Dunnage Bags be damaged during filling?

Dunnage Bags can burst with over-inflation. Each bag has a label located near the valve with recommended pressure. If inflation check points are followed, it will eliminate these problems.

Why use Litco Dunnage Air Bags instead of our competitor’s product?

Load bracing and dunnage have changed quite a bit in the last few years. LITCO has a team of professionals 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 Association of American Railroads (A.A.R.) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When protecting your valuable products during transportation, you can count on LITCO International, Inc. and the people who serve you to get your products safely to their destination, keeping you competitive in your industry.

We stock multiple brands of air bags that operate with the latest and best inflation technology available in the marketplace today.

When protecting your valuable products during transportation, you can count on LITCO International, Inc. 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 product from you.

Is a re-usable bag available?

Yes. More and more companies are switching to reusable valve air bags, even if they can't always recover and reuse the bags. To keep in step with eco-friendly practices, most of LITCO's dunnage air bags come with a reusable valve at no additional cost to you.

What can be done to utilize dunnage bag bracing if void exceeds maximum recommended void?

If your rail car load has over 14" void, LITCO's Diamond Corr Bulkheads are recommended to use with air bags.

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