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Yes, we sell IBCs in a range of shapes and sizes made by SCHAFER WERKE, one of the world's leading suppliers of reusable stainless steel containers for solid and liquid substances and granulates, that provide maximum safety and reliability for land and sea transport of hazardous liquid materials, and are fire resistant for at least 30 minutes without a sprinkler system.
SCHAFER Container Systems meet the needs and safety aspects required by chemical, petrochemical, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food industry, waste disposal/recycling, paint, lacquer, adhesives, plant and building construction business sectors with special requirements for transport and storage.
Yes, we supply heater mats with an inbuilt thermostat (set to a maximum temperature of 122 degrees F) designed to prevent viscous products from solidifying during transit, which makes discharging easier and eliminates product waste.
We also supply Sump Base IBC containers with conic bottoms that slope 166 degrees designed for heavy, thick liquids that are difficult to discharge. These can be assembled by just one person quickly and easily, and they pack flat for return transport and storage.
The liner you need depends on the product you're filling, the container you're using, and your fill method.
We supply over 50 different types of liners in 264, 132 and 66 gallon sizes (250, 500 and 1000 liter sizes) - clear for food and non food applications,
blue liners for the food market, barrier films for light and oxygen sensitive products, aseptic liner bags and 100% sterile liners.
Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss the technical aspects of the liners you require for your manufacturing process. We have worked
with businesses of all sizes and industries, and we are happy to help you with the technical solutions, products and service to fit your process.
Removable bag-in-box liners safely protect your product in the container and keep the container clean and ready for reuse. The container can be filled, discharged and re-filled in a continuous cycle. When the container is empty, it can be safely folded and stacked to save on freight and warehousing costs.
The business case for using a bag-in-box system is a reduction in contamination risk, product yield increases, hygiene improvement, and savings in container cleaning, packaging and transportation costs.
The clear savings in packaging waste, container cleaning and shipping costs is why so many companies have been moving to bag-in-box systems, and it's why you should consider whether a bag-in-box system would work better for your business.
A strong corporate case can be made on a green environmental conscience and carbon footprint reduction with our renewable and recyclable systems. It isn't just a public relations strategy, but a real community and process improvement that can be achieved by switching to a bag-in-box IBC system.
It's easy to test whether you can achieve savings on freight, storage, water, cleaning, disposal and labor by combining an IBC container with a liner and putting it through your supply chain process to find out if you can significantly reduce your costs.
Please contact our industry expert, who will be happy to assist you with an opportunity to try our containers before making a longer term commitment.
Renting reusable containers can give you unique advantages:
- You can try a short term rental of our bag-in-box liner system before making a longer term commitment.
- If you contract for 1 to 5+ years, we can arrange to design your containers with your business logo and colors.
- We can provide you with a premium service that delivers your IBC containers and liners to your door and then collects them from their final destination, relieving you of all the responsibility and work associated with return logistics, cleaning and repositioning your IBCs.
Container Rentals Save Money
- No capital outlay, but rather friendlier operational costs, which in many cases, are transferable to the product cost and/or are tax deductible.
- No maintenance and repairs.
- Only rent the number of containers you need, when you need them.
- Return your containers when they're no longer required.
More Beneficial Advantages
- Clean, ready to use containers that avoid contamination between lots and costly clean vessel re-certification.
- Greatly reduced carbon footprint on freight, as well as no cleaners and detergents and/or water treatment facility. You also save on the cleaning and handling labor hours you need otherwise.
- Minimum/Maximum, "Just in Time Inventory" of liners and accessories held in stock for when you need them.
- Complete delivery, cleaning and collection service from any location in North America and depot networks support worldwide.
Yes, we supply aseptic IBC liners, containers and a full range of aseptic fittings and accessories to the food, cosmetics, beverage, pharmaceutical and specialty chemical market for their aseptic filling and discharging process.
Our aseptic reusable IBC containers and packaging provide an efficient and environmentally friendly alternative for storing and transporting liquid products aseptically, and provide the following advantages:
- Sterile filling and emptying, partially and fully
- Compliance with food industry standards
- One person filling and emptying
- Folding IBCs for when empty and in return transport
- Stackable, strong containers for stacking, storing and transporting when full of product
- Cost saving, aseptic, clean and efficient systems
A folding IBC, like our Unifold 1000, can be stacked 12 high when empty, and 5 high when full, a 6:1 ratio compared to rigid IBCs when folded, and a 5:1 ratio when full.
Folding IBC containers are easier and safer to stack and store, whether full or empty. They can also be transported in larger quantities when folded in
comparison to rigid IBCs.
Bag-in-box containers are manufactured in 250, 500 and 1000 liters sizes (66, 132 and 264 gallons, respectively).
Our most popular size by far is the 1000 liter container (the equivalent of 4 drums), followed in much smaller quantities by the 500 and 250 liter versions of a similar product.
Demand for our smaller containers comes from manufacturers that are producing high value products in smaller quantities. Space and access are also issues
where a 250 liter container is more suitable.
Another reason manufacturers switch from other types of containers to our 250 liter IBCs is safety, because they are simply easier to move than most other types of containers, like drums, that are not designed to perform as an IBC.
Our 250 liter IBC containers are also a popular replacement for drums because they're easier to clean and ensure product integrity, and they minimize product residue, while holding 20 percent more than a standard drum.
IBC containers can be filled from the top or bottom - with the liner bag being discharged at the bottom. The best method of controlled discharging will depend upon the contents and how thick or viscous the liquid is.
To reduce waste and improve performance, we supply filling and discharge equipment like the TPS ratchet wringer, that is manually turned by the operator to squeeze the liner as the contents are discharged from the bottom of the liner bag to leave the minimum of residue.
Please contact us for technical assistance, guidance and advice to help you select the options that are best suited for your particular processing requirements.
Yes. You can buy TPS containers as well as rent them. Customers who purchase TPS containers often have them custom branded with their company logo.
No. Only our TPS line of foldable steel and plastic IBC containers are available for rent. TPS cardboard Unitrip containers, and all rigid, stainless steel IBC containers by Schafer Container Systems, are available for purchase only.
Anything liquid, that's not classified as hazardous according to UN directives, can be contained and transported in a liner bag.
Liner bags are a reliable, easy to use packaging solution suitable for storing and transporting liquid dairy, eggs, edible and essential oils, flavorings, pastes, sauces, condiments, dressings, concentrates, wine, coatings, creams, lotions, soaps, mouthwash, pharmaceuticals, preservatives, cleaners, adhesives, non-hazardous chemicals and more, including viscous liquids like pastes, honey, fruits and sauces.
We are here to help you make the right selection from our supply of over 50 different types of TPS liners in 264 (1000 liter), 132 (500 liter) and 66 (250 liter) gallon sizes, manufactured in a range of different films (clear, blue, metallic barrier, aseptic, 100% sterile), that will suit your purpose and the ingredients to be stored in IBC containers.
The number of liners per box depends on the type and size of the liner bag. Typically, standard liners are packaged 8 per box, 160 per pallet and 1,600 or 3,200 per container.
Please consult with one of our liquid transport experts for the exact count of liners you require.
Rigid and folding IBC’s overlap in terms of their use. However, they do have distinct advantages and disadvantages that are driven by the product that is being moved or stored inside them.
Rigid, stainless steel containers are by far the most popular IBCs, mainly because they are UN approved for hazardous goods. They are ideal for acidic and caustic storage and transport for refineries, chemical facilities, and wastewater treatment plants, and they are used for storing flammable materials, handling high temperatures, and meeting stringent product compatibility requirements for both hazardous and non-hazardous liquids. They can also be used as a mixing vessel to solve some liquid processing challenges.
Folding IBC containers offer the benefit of being easier and safer to stack and store, whether full or empty. They can also be transported in larger quantities when folded than rigid IBCs. And because liquid products are being contained in liners instead of rigid containers, there’s no container cleaning and maintenance involved. These advantages can result in lowering your supply chain costs significantly.
Both types of containers can be used within the same business, or supply chain, for very different purposes to maximize operational efficiencies and performance.