IBC Containers – What You Need To Know

Intermediate bulk containers (IBC’s) appear to be simple industrial containers, yet they are not as straight forward as they appear.

What are they used for?

IBC’s are designed for the safe transportation and storage of bulk liquids. They are stackable containers which are mounted on a pallet that are designed to be moved using a forklift or pallet jack. We offer a variety of pallet types – plastic, steel, timber or combi (plastic & steel).

What are they manufactured from?

The inner bottle of the container is manufactured from blow moulded high density polyethylene with bevelled edges.

The metal frame is manufactured from galvanised steel which guarantees utmost stability. This is also connected to the grooves of the pallet and fits perfectly to any pallets placed above – this enables an exact positioning and problem-free stacking.

UN or Non-UN Approved?

There are two types of IBC’s available, UN and Non-UN Approved.

Non-UN Approved – means the container is capable of storing non-hazardous goods.

UN Approved – means the container is capable of storing hazardous goods (flammable or corrosive). They have passed legal regulations which aim to avoid accidents and protect humans, materials and the environment from flammable and corrosive liquids.

New, Rebottled & Reconditioned?

We offer 3 different models of IBC’s, all of which vary in price.

Newevery aspect of these containers are brand new and have never been used before.

Rebottledthese containers are part new and part re-used. The inner bottle is replaced with a brand new one, including a new lid and valve. Yet the pallet and steel frame are chemically cleaned and then re-used.

Reconditionedthe reconditioning process involves cleaning the IBC in its entirety. This involves a chemical wash for the internal and external of both the inner bottle and steel frame. This is then followed by a leak inspection and a visual inspection.

Although the reconditioned IBC’s have been cleaned to a high standard, we cannot guarantee what products were previously held in the containers. Therefore we do not recommend that they are used for products consumed by humans or animals, including the food, drink and pharmaceutical industry.

The reconditioning process offers a more budget friendly option to the new or rebottled containers.

Larger Valve or Lid Sizes

Another option we offer on our IBC’s are various lid and valve sizes. As standard our IBC’s are supplied with a 50mm (2inch) and a 150mm (6inch) lid.

We offer;

  • 70mm (3inch) valves – this allows the internal product to be emptied at a higher speed. This is beneficial for thicker liquids as they may struggle to pass through smaller valves.
  • 220mm (8inch) lid – this allows the container to be filled with ease, as well as giving easy access to the internal product. This is useful if the product needs to be mixed.

Other Aspects to Know

  • Liquid density – we have a recommended maximum liquid density of 1.6 on our IBC’s
  • Stacking height – we recommend the maximum stacking height is 4 IBC’s
  • We offer a new 1000L IBC with a CDS Dip Tube which is ideal for Adblue
  • We offer insulated jackets which keep the contents of the IBC at desired temperatures.
  • Bulk quantities are available for x52 or x70 IBC’s – these offer value for money on delivery due to the stackable design of the containers.
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