When it comes to storing and pastes, semi-solids, or even liquids, intermediate bulk containers are the perfect solution. Intermediate bulk containers are better known by the shortened term IBC totes. These containers were designed to simply replace the regular drums or barrels that were used to store liquids. You can safely buy used IBC totes meaning they are better for the environment.
As such, they usually come in 1000 liters and are very safe. These U.N. approved bulk containers are usually used for the transportation of chemicals. In essence, they were designed to function in the same way as drums do. Over the last couple of years, they’ve become even more popular and offer users a ton of advantages when compared to the regular 205-liter drums.
Advantages Of IBCs
Due to their design, larger volumes of chemicals can be easily stored on pallets. The best part is that they even have a smaller footprint when compared to the drums. IBCs span 1.0m x 1.2m while drums take up 1.2m x 1.2m of space and provide up to 180 liters less.
Bulk containers can easily be moved with the use of a forklift. The forklift can easily pick up an entire unit as opposed to drums that require pallets and protection. Drums need to be secured on pallets to prevent them from falling off and spilling their contents.
Since IBCs have a much larger screw cap on their valves, it becomes a lot easier to refill. In the case of drums, the screw caps are on the top making it harder to either empty or refill without proper gravity drainage. Hence, a certain degree of manipulation is needed to prevent accidents.
Unlike drums, IBC containers are usually stacked one on top of the other. This makes it easier to be funded. Bunds add protection to the entire unit and reduce the chances of spillage. Additionally, they also contain up to 110% of the entire capacity which means that the bunds can easily support up to 1100.
So, if you’re in the process of storing a couple of IBC containers, be sure that the bund capacity is at least 25% of the entire volume. In the case of 8 containers, the bunds should be equivalent to 25% of 8000 liters. Hence, the value should amount to 2000 liters at a minimum.
Selecting Chemical Storage Containers
Before determining the right storage option for your needs, it’s best to consider all of the advantages above. When it comes to storing containers, IBCs are known for offering the best value for space. In order to store chemicals, you’ll need to think of the location, ventilation, and even protection from fires.
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