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How to choose the right packaging materials

Protective packaging is essential. It’s the only way to ensure that your products safely and securely reach your customers, without being broken or damaged while in transit. In an industrial setting, protective packaging is also essential for health and safety.

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Why choose ITP Packaging as your steel drum supplier?

Steel drums are a vital solution that can meet a wide range of industrial storage and transport needs. Heavy-duty, strong and reusable, steel drums are a cost-effective option for businesses. Here at ITP Packaging, we stock a comprehensive range of steel drums alongside a variety of attachments.

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How to clean chemicals out of plastic barrels

Different chemical residues need to be cleaned out of plastic barrels using different substances. Using the wrong substances can cause unwanted chemical reactions. You can approach the chemical manufacturer to check which cleaning products can be used for which chemicals.


Packaging for the Manufacturing Industry

The packaging industry supplies manufacturers with protective packaging solutions for the safe transportation of raw materials across sectors. Whether it’s boxes for car parts or barrels for oil and barley, packaging comes in all shapes and sizes and there isn’t one industry in the world that doesn’t rely on it.

What should you consider when transporting liquid?

Industrial transportation is a hazardous business, whether it’s loading and unloading plastic barrels onto lorries or dealing with accidental spillages, the risks are high. Before you even think about the journey, there are a number of considerations that must be made in order for the safe transportation of liquid goods.

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Is a cardboard shipping barrel suitable for my product?

With a wide range of shipping options to choose from, it’s important that you find the right product that’s suitable for your cargo. If one of your concerns is budget, then the cardboard shipping drums may be a great place to start, as they are extremely versatile and great value for money.

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What Are the Key Industries That Require Protective Packaging?

Different industries need different types of protective packaging. After all, cardboard boxes and plastic wrapping might be suitable for the food industry, but they aren’t going to do the job if you’re transporting hazardous chemicals. In this article, we explore the key industries that require protective packaging and the types of protective packaging that different industries make use of the most.

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What is a UN Rated Drum?

UN ratings are an essential mark of quality control that signifies whether a steel or plastic drum meets rigorous health and safety standards for storage and transport of hazardous materials. UN ratings are set by the United Nations. If you’re planning on working with hazardous solids or liquids, then it’s essential to purchase storage materials that are UN rated and approved.


The Impact of Covid-19 on the Packaging Industry

2020 has been a tough year for everyone, with months of prolonged lockdowns and social distancing rules forcing many thousands of businesses to close and many more employees out of a job. As with all industries in the United Kingdom (and indeed worldwide), the packaging industry has dealt with its own share of hardship directly brought about by covid-19.

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Are steel drums food grade?

Steel drums are one of the most commonly used industrial containers in the UK. But while you might see them as invaluable for safely storing hazardous waste or transporting petrol or diesel fuels, they are also incredibly popular for storing and transporting food. In fact, the chances are high that at some point in the supply chain, the food or drink that you’re eating for dinner has been stored or transported in food grade metal barrels. High quality steel drums are UN food grade certified, making them an excellent (and importantly, safe) choice for foodstuffs.

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Are empty oil drums hazardous waste?

Plastic drums and steel drums are commonly used to store and transport a wide variety of oils. But what happens to your empty oil drums when they are no longer needed for this task? Unfortunately, you can’t simply dispose of empty oil drums through standard channels. Depending on the type of oil that’s been stored inside, empty oil drums can be classified as hazardous waste if there is the potential for any harm to be done to human health.

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What are the different types of Food Grade plastic?

Being able to safely store and transport food and drink is one of the most overlooked components of the modern world economy. Without safe storage containers, we wouldn’t be able to get milk from the farm to the shop, we couldn’t transport spices from one country to the next, and we wouldn’t have access to the incredible range of goods that we find in our local supermarkets and shops.


Everything you need to know about reconditioned steel drums

Reconditioned steel drums are put through an incredibly thorough reconditioning process, a process that essentially recycles the drum and makes it as good as new. Your steel drum might be dented, smelly, rusting, or even broken in half, but it can still be completely recycled and reconditioned.

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Covid-19 November Lockdown Update

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A Guide to Steel Drums

Steel drums are some of the most versatile and robust containers in popular usage throughout many industrial and commercial sectors. They can be found in warehouses and transport depots across the world, stocking all manner of industrial goods from foodstuffs to hazardous chemicals.


The Importance of Protective Packaging in Transport

Protective packaging is essential for the movement and transport of goods across the UK and the rest of the world. Without the means to safely protect items on both a commercial and industrial scale, suppliers could never meet the ever-growing demands of consumers and customers.

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Is Polyethylene Plastic Safe for Diesel Fuel Storage?

Polyethylene is one of the most common synthetic materials used in the production of plastic storage drums, including the classic blue plastic drum found in warehouses across the world. But while plastic drums have a wide range of uses from storing food to transporting hazardous waste, businesses often ask the staff at ITP if they’re safe for storing diesel fuel.

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How do you repair a damaged plastic barrel?

A plastic barrel is one of the most durable, long-lasting and versatile industrial storage containers you can purchase. But at some point, even a trusty blue drum can be damaged or broken. However, damaged plastic barrels aren’t necessarily going to be a total write-off. Far from it in fact, because there are plenty of quick fixes to help you seal up leaks or repair cracks in a plastic drum. Damaged plastic drums can still have a long lifespan. Even if a repair job seems too difficult, they can be fully repurposed and recycled by professionals.

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