There always seems to be confusion surrounding fusible vents on stainless steel IBCs. What are they? Do we need to have them? Fusible vents are required by UN/DOT on all intermediate bulk containers (IBCs). It's a necessary feature for the safe use of stainless steel tote tanks.
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Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are rapidly growing for use in the liquid transport of paints and industrial coatings. Stainless steel IBCs are one of the acceptable packaging methods for hazardous and corrosive liquids transport, while they also serve a dual role as efficient warehouse storage.
Many factors are involved when a business considers whether it would be best to rent intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), or to purchase the needed stainless steel IBCs. Different business scenarios present different potentials, and the rent vs. buy decision can depend much on the position of the company's financial goals, and on the stability of the company's production or manufacturing volume.
Both renting and buying have their pros and cons. The following list of questions are helpful in offering foresight when determining which path may be best for your industrial or manufacturing needs:
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The most common size for stainless steel IBCs is 350-gallon capacity. This capacity provides the most cost efficient use of material and easily double stacks in common over-the-road trailers. The standard 350-gallon tote tank dimension is 42” x 48” base with an overall height of 47”. The stainless steel 350-gallon IBC Tote Tanks has the same base dimension as a pallet, but can hold more than SIX 55-gallon drums!
The stainless steel Intermediate bulk container(IBC) is a reusable container designed for the storage and transport of bulk liquids. It has many features that make filling, discharging and transporting the container a superior packaging product over the use of drums.
Stainless steel tote tanks that are certified to UN/DOT standards are required to be tested every 30 months. An IBC without a valid test certificate cannot be used for the transportation of regulated products. To maintain the UN/DOT compliance, the Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) owner should follow a regular inspection program and carefully document all testing procedures and the associated results.
The responsibility for ensuring that stainless steel tote tanks (IBCs) are properly closed lies with the shipper. When an intermediate bulk container is filled and is ready to leave a facility, the shipper must be sure that the packaging complies with all regulations for properly closing the container. The Department of Transportation (49 CFR178.2(c)) states that closing instructions must be provided by the manufacturer to whomever a package is being transferred.