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What is the difference between an open-head and tight-head plastic drum?

Blue plastic drums are a classic sight in warehouses, storage containers and transport facilities across the world. These rigid, sturdy containers are perfect for holding large quantities of goods, from oils and food through to hazardous waste and dangerous chemicals. But there are two fundamental varieties of blue plastic drum to choose between, and it’s important to know which best meets your needs.


A guide to industrial packaging

Industrial packaging is an important part of the production process, allowing industrial-grade goods and products to be protected while they’re shipped and transported. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, with various materials to choose between. Each product has its own requirements when it comes to packaging, so it’s important to know which type of industrial packaging works best in any given situation.

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Double wall cardboard boxes: Uses and design guide

Double wall cardboard boxes are a great way to store and transport heavy loads, offering strength, durability, and versatility across a range of different industries. They’re environment-friendly, affordable and resilient, and we know that they’re an excellent choice for a variety of products.

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The different types of drum liners: which should you choose?

Drum liners help to protect your drums while you’re using them for storage and transport. They keep your steel, plastic or fibre drums safe from potential contamination, which means you don’t have to worry about washing, cleaning, or disinfecting your drums after they’ve been used.

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What is food grade plastic?

A food grade barrel (or drum) is one that has been designated as safe for the long-term storage of foodstuffs. It has been tested thoroughly to confirm that there are no substances that could be harmful to humans. This means there are no dangerous dyes, and no recycled plastic containing leachable chemicals.

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Using IBCs for water tanks: What do you need to know?


What are the different types of packaging materials?

Packaging is an essential component of the manufacturing, supply and distribution processes. It is used across a wide variety of industries for a range of different roles, and most people will encounter some form of packaging every day of the week.


How to reduce packaging waste in manufacturing

Most contemporary trends point towards a greater awareness of the environment among consumers. Manufacturers have traditionally created huge quantities of waste, and much of that comes from the packaging used for products. While it is in many cases essential, there are ways to reduce the amount of packaging waste in manufacturing.

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What is an IBC?

IBC is an acronym for intermediate bulk container, a large, reusable container used for storage or transport of industrial goods. Versatile IBCs have a long list of potential uses, from carrying chemicals to storing sand, and they’re a popular choice across a range of sectors.

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What can you store in plastic barrels?

Plastic barrels offer a simple, but effective, place to store a variety of different products and materials. They’re a popular choice for businesses working in a diverse range of industries with varying storage needs to accommodate.

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What are the different types of IBC covers?

Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC) are engineered specifically for transporting and handling a number of different substances. They are reusable, and made of industrial-grade materials. That means they are heavy duty and reliable too. Sometimes these containers are used to transport materials that need to be kept in specific conditions, and that's where IBC covers come in.

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A guide to buying the right cardboard boxes

Cardboard boxes are among the most commonly-used type of packaging because they are convenient, affordable and durable. However, it is not as simple as choosing which size you’re going to use - there are a few more considerations before buying. View our full guide to buying the right cardboard boxes here.

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The different types of drums and their benefits

Drums are a fantastic way of storing and transporting several different types of materials and resources. They are used widely across industries including waste management, healthcare and food services. However, their function in such a broad range of sectors means there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Instead there are several types, each made from a different material and designed to serve a different purpose.

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Are fibre drums sturdy?

Fibre drums are a low-cost, environment-friendly way to store or ship a huge range of products or materials, from hazardous waste to various foodstuffs. They are durable, incredibly versatile and, best of all, sturdy. They are sturdy enough, in fact, to be excellent alternatives to steel or plastic storage drums. But just how robust are fibre drums?

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What can you use fibre drums for?

Fibre drums are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a versatile storage container. These storage cylinders are kind to the environment, cost-effective and incredibly light to handle, making them a popular choice for businesses. But what exactly are fibre drums and what can you use them for?

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What is the difference between a reconditioned and a rebottled IBC?

Intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) are reusable. This is one of the reasons why they can be such a cost-effective method for storing and transporting bulk materials such as chemicals. There are two types of reused IBCs available on the market; reconditioned IBCs and rebottled IBCs.

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Which substances can you store in an IBC?

A key advantage of IBCs is the increased space they offer for the storage of chemicals. They will usually have a capacity of 1000 litres and, like drums, are UN approved for transporting chemicals.

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Drum or IBC: Which is easier for storage?

When it comes to storing large quantities of items such as chemicals, there is a choice of vessel. How should you decide whether a drum or intermediate bulk container (IBC) is the best option?

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