Why are Most IBC Tanks Cube-Shaped?
The vast majority of Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) are cube-shaped because a cubic design is the most efficient in terms of storage and transportation. Cubic IBCs can store more material in less space than alternative containers, such as steel drums, and they are stackable and easy to transport.
IBCs are Cube-Shaped to Conserve Space
Most IBCs are cube-shaped in order to conserve space. Cubic IBCs were initially invented to more efficiently store material than other industrial containers, such as steel drums. For instance, an IBC that has a volume of roughly 4 cubic metres will hold more liquid than a pallet of barrels that takes up that same space. Cube-shaped IBCs thus hold more material in less space than other containers.
Cubic IBCs are Stackable
An IBC’s cube shape also enables it to be stacked on top of other IBCs. Cube-shaped containers are sturdy and easy to balance, and they easily fit on top of each other without toppling over. This feature makes cube-shaped IBCs ideal for use in rectangular warehouses and shipping containers.
Cube-Shaped IBCs are Easy to Transport
Cubic IBCs are also easy to transport across all distances. On a larger scale, an IBC’s cubic shape allows it to be easily stacked within a shipping container to make efficient use of that space. Cube-shaped IBCs are also optimized for transit on an individual level since their shape allows it to be mounted to a pallet and easily transported by forklifts and pallet jacks.