How Does an IBC Pass the Drop Test?
Intermediate Bulk Containers must pass a series of tests before sale and resale to determine the quality and safety of each container. The drop test considers the sturdiness of each tank and its ability to withstand blunt force without breaking or leaking.
What are the Details of the Drop Test?
The drop test must be administered by a trained individual recording certain data points to be considered valid. An IBC tank is filled to a capacity between 95% and 100% then raised to a height determined by the class of the container. The IBC tank is then dropped in order to strike on its weakest point. A container that remains sound after the drop is considered trustworthy.
When is this Test Performed?
Testing of IBC tanks occurs regularly. The first test takes place before the container is sold and every 2.5 years thereafter. Tests may occur more regularly in rented units or units used for shipping chemicals that wear down the bottle.
Why is This Test Important?
This test, among others, ensures that an IBC tank is safe and sturdy enough for shipping. If an IBC tank carrying hazardous chemicals were to drop in shipping and spill, those moving the container would be at risk along with other goods and containers in the immediate vicinity. Thorough testing ensures that even under harsh circumstances, the tanks will perform flawlessly.
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