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Benefits of Using IBCs for the Storage of Pharmaceutical Intermediates

Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are an excellent storage solution for companies in the pharmaceutical intermediates industry. There are several key benefits that make using IBCs an attractive storage option for companies in this rapidly growing industry. As companies expand and storage needs increase, it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to optimizing material handling and storage. Intermediate Bulk Containers provide several key benefits as a storage option.


Top 5 Reasons To Rent Stainless Steel IBC Tote Tanks

Stainless steel tote tanks are the most efficient form of packaging to move or store your liquid products. The question often comes up: "Should we buy or rent the totes?" We're here to help, so we've compiled the top reasons for both buying and renting so that you can determine which is best for you


IBC Tote Dimensions & Sizes

IBC totes are available in a variety of sizes. Stainless steel tote tanks are available in sizes ranging from 180 gallons to 550 gallons. IBCs are DOT/UN certified tanks that are ideal for transporting and storing liquids for a variety of industries, including industrial chemicals. To utilize the space efficiently when storing and shipping liquid materials, it’s important to familiarize yourself with common IBC tote dimensions.


Types of Steel used for IBCs

There are two basic types of steel to choose from when picking the right Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) for your operation: carbon steel and stainless steel.   All types of steel are made of a combination of iron and carbon.  Stainless steels  (304 stainless steel, and 316 stainless steel) are differentiated by the addition of alloys, such as chromium, which alter the physical properties of the steel.  While 304 stainless steel is by far the most common material used, it is important to choose whichever steel is best suited for your unique needs. 


IBC Industry Forecast

The industrial bulk packaging market has been growing steadily over the past 5 years, and is expected to continue growing into the foreseeable future.  Market research conducted by Smithers found that demand for bulk packaging is forecasted to continue increasing at a rate of 3.4% per year through 2020.  Further, research conducted by Fredonia Group shows that the rate at which the bulk packaging market is growing is higher now than it was just 10 years ago.  Among all industrial packaging products, IBCs have exhibited the fastest rate of growth.  IBC growth can be contributed to several factors, including a need for high performance packaging solutions, a growth in the domestic chemicals industry, an optimal packaging design, and an increase in sustainability initiatives.


Benefits of Using Poly Composite IBCs for Bulk Liquid Storage

Poly composite IBCs have become essential to the shipping of intermediate bulk liquids throughout the US.  As a replacement for 55 gallon drums, one 275 gallon IBC can take the place of five drums.  In addition to the larger size, there are many features to poly composite IBCs that make them an advantageous storage solution.


Five Advantages of Using Stainless Steel IBCs for Paints and Coatings

Storing and transporting paints and coatings can be challenging.  Not many materials can withstand the harsh solvents often used in coatings, and transporting the chemicals requires DOT approved containers.  Ensuring product quality and consistency adds additional challenges to paint storage.  Another complication is that once the container has been used, it needs to be disposed of properly.  Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) address all these issues, making our stainless steel totes the ideal storage solution for paints and coatings.  Let's examine 5 reasons why stainless steel IBCs are perfect for this industry.


Personal Care Industry Use of Intermediate Bulk Containers

There are thousands of chemicals used to make the countless products in the personal care industry.  The personal care industry includes hair care products, makeup & color cosmetics, soaps & shower gels, sun care, skin care, oral care, fragrances & deodorants, and many other OTC products.  Manufacturers making these products need a reliable storage method that won't contaminate the product.  A great bulk storage method for these chemicals is using stainless steel intermediate bulk containers (IBCs).  Stainless steel is compatible with many products, making it the go to material of choice for many cosmetic manufacturers.  While stainless steel is a great option for many chemicals, you still need to confirm that it is compatible with the chemicals in your process.  A good place to start is checking out the Cole-Parmer chemical compatibility database.


Four Key Advantages of Using Stainless Steel IBCs in the Industrial Chemical Industry

Transporting and storing chemical compounds is a complex and potentially dangerous proposition.  There are thousands of industrial chemicals, many of which are toxic to humans and the environment.  Stainless steel is the material of choice when transporting chemicals.  There are four key advantages of using stainless steel tote tanks in the industrial chemical industry.


Why You Need Fusible Vents On Your IBCs

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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