Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs), also commonly known as tote tanks, are containers that are used to store and ship large quantities of liquids. Companies in a wide range of industries, including fragrance, personal care, food and beverage, and industrial chemicals, have relied on tote tanks to provide them with quality service in storing and transporting their liquid products. Adhering to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations that govern shipping of regulated products can mitigate the risks that come from transporting regulated liquid products in ss IBCs.
Stainless steel intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are the most durable and versatile tote tanks available in the IBC market today. IBCs made of stainless steel are constructed from 10-gauge, 304 stainless steel (the most durable and most widely used stainless steel alloy). Stainless steel tote tanks can have a lifetime of more than 20 years, with the right care and maintenance.
An important feature to be considered when purchasing or renting stainless steel intermediate bulk containers are the base dimensions. When choosing a stainless steel intermediate bulk container, it is important to consider the following:
Stainless steel Intermediate bulk container (IBC) is the superior choice when it comes to the storage and transport of bulk liquids. Reusable with design features that make filling, discharging and transporting easier and more effective. See what sets ss IBCs apart from antiquated drums and makes the switch a no-brainer.
Different business scenarios present different potentials. The rent vs. buy decision can depend on various factors, from the position of the company's financial goals to the stability of the company's production or manufacturing volume.
Renting and buying both have their pros and cons. Here is a common checklist to help determine which may be best for your industrial or manufacturing needs:
At Metano, we want to help you reach an informed decision about your intermediate bulk containers. Below are 5 of our most commonly used resources for all things IBC:
The DOT have specific requirements when it comes to transporting regulated liquid products, especially when it comes to chemicals. There are also certain qualities you should look for in an IBC tote tank in order to move your liquids safely;this great article in PCI Magazine help us better understand some of the best practices direct from the DOT.
There is no doubt IBC tanks are the best choice when it comes to storing and transporting your liquid goods. For many manufacturers, production levels can ebb and flow, which can make the job of planning and procuring your IBC tanks a real challenge. Is it a better investment to purchase your IBC tanks or is preserving capital more of a necessity? We can help you take the guesswork out of managing this important asset with the right planning tools, such as our IBC Rental Guide. Metano can ensure that you have the tanks you need, when you need them; here are 4 quick signs why a rental fleet may be the right choice for you.
Ultimately, your container selection will depend on the type (and quantity) of liquid you need to move and how often you plan to move it. Need to move paint resins to a long-term client? Stainless steel tote tanks are the way to go. But for a one-time transport of agricultural pesticides, poly tanks might be the better fit. The IBC shipping pros at Metano can help you find the right container in the correct size for your application.