Is a Standard Rigid IBC Fire-Resistant?
The standard rigid Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) is not considered fire-resistant, as the components are not designed to withstand great amounts of heat. An IBC must pass certain tests to be considered reliable, but polyethylene bottle IBCs are not tested to withstand heat and are not recommended for the shipping or storage of flammable materials.
What are the Materials of a Polyethylene Caged IBC?
The polyethylene caged IBC is a rigid form of bulk container. The bottle is made of polyethylene plastic, the same material that is used in milk jugs. The sturdy plastic is sometimes reinforced with other materials, though the standard poly caged IBC has a bottle of simply plastic. The spout and cap are likewise made of polyethylene and the cage is typically made of stainless steel.
Which IBC Designs are Fire-Resistant?
The poly caged IBC is not rated for fire, as it fails under intense heat in as little as three minutes, but other containers are known to fare the flames. Some IBC manufacturers recommend the use of steel bottle IBC totes, which protect their contents and resist heat much longer than plastic alternatives. If a plastic tote must be used to ship flammable liquids, manufacturers suggest that contents should not be stored long-term in plastic IBCs or should be stored far away from the plant, minimizing the risk of fire.
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