Stainless Steel IBC Totes

Stainless Steel IBC Tanks


Stainless steel IBC tanks are a top choice for container strength, reusability, long term service, and food grade quality standards. Stainless steel IBCs are suitable for the handling, storage, and transport of bulk hazardous, non-hazardous, flammable, and combustible liquids, semi solids, full solids, and granulated commodities.

Stainless steel intermediate bulk containers are available from 110 gallon to 550 gallon capacities, rated for up to 1.9 specific gravity fluids. Costs range from $2,000 to $3,600 with dimensions ranging: 42″L x 40″W x 20″H to 42″L x 48″W x 71″H.

Stainless Steel IBC Compatibility and Use

Steel totes are engineered to be compatible with dense, heavy weighted, corrosive, acidic, caustic, inert, and reactive materials as well as food grade, consumable goods. They are utilized across a multitude of industries and operations due to their wide chemical, material, and application compatibility, as well as their robust design and intensive hygiene capabilities.

Examples of compatible materials and use scenarios for stainless steel intermediate bulk containers:

  • Chemicals and Solvents
  • Petrochemical Applications
  • Oil and Gas Refineries
  • Offshore Operations
  • Drilling Fluids
  • DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid)
  • Agriculture
  • Water / Wastewater Treatment
  • Lubricants / Greases
  • Mixing and Blending
  • Food Manufacture and Processing
  • Bulk Food Handling and Shipping
  • Beverage, Wine and Spirits
  • Flavors and Fragrances
  • Paints, Coatings, and Dyes
  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceuticals

Stainless Steel IBC Engineering and Manufacturing Standards

Stainless steel intermediate bulk containers are approved according to the standards and requirements of Title 49 CFR Section 178, the FDA, IMDG, ANSI / NSF 61, NFPA 30 Section 9.4.1 (1), UL 142, and are DOT UN31A/Y permitted for the handling and transport of hazardous and non-hazardous, flammable or combustible Packing Group II and III food grade, consumable materials and liquids. Stainless steel IBC tanks engineering design certifications approves them for freight transport via motor vehicle, rail, air, and sea cargo vessels.

Our stainless steel IBC tanks are constructed to a 10 gauge metal thickness from standard material grade 304/304L or 316/316L stainless steel with a 2B electropolish finish to #320 grit. Tanks are constructed to a 10 gauge thickness, one of the thickest metal gauges available for stainless steels, making them robust, resilient containers. The 2B finish produces a highly polished and smooth surface that promotes cargo fluidity, draining, as well as tank cleaning and sanitizing.

Characteristics and Advantages of Stainless Steel IBC Tanks

Stainless steel metals have unique properties and advanced chemical resistance. Elemental chromium within the metal forms a protective chromium oxide film across container surfaces due to the reaction between chromium and atmospheric oxygen during manufacture. Due to the chromium oxide film, stainless steel IBCs require no further surface protection from corrosion. If the surface is damaged, the chromium oxide film will repair itself if oxygen is present.

Stainless steel IBC totes can have very long service lives, are highly portable and reusable, are easy to maneuver, fill, load, and discharge, and generally require very little maintenance aside from cleaning and inspection approvals. Successful stainless IBC lifespan can be more than 20 years, even when handling corrosive commodities, making these IBCs ideal long term, cost effective company assets. At service end, stainless IBCs are 100% recyclable, effectively limiting environmental waste and industry disposal costs.

Use Handling and Transport of Stainless Steel IBCs

These tanks are cubical in shape and sized around standard, internationally accepted pallet dimensions. The cubical shape increases their ability to be organized, stacked, transported, and integrated into logistic streams and processing systems. Commodities sensitive to environmental effects and purity contamination can safely be stored in stainless steel IBCs without these exposure risks during handling, storage, or transport.

Our steel IBCs come standard with a 22 1/2″ removable manway that allows top industry access to the tank interior and supported by a bolted clamp ring. They feature one 2″ bung, a 3″ automatic pressure relief vent, hopper bottoms, 2″ stainless steel ball drain valves, and 1/4″ combination lifting lugs that comply with shackle and over jaw gap standards.

An on-tank volume chart allows internal volume calibration. Each tank is labeled with its stainless steel information and a unique serial number. The tanks have 3 way forklift / pallet jack access channels to provide multidirectional mobility.

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Stainless steel IBC totes have various custom fabrication options available for tank and weld material finishes. IBC Tanks is an industry authority and provider of stainless steel IBC tanks. Bulk order discount pricing is available. Contact us for custom fabrication details, wholesale pricing information, and for all your stainless steel IBC questions.

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