What are the Limitations of Stacking IBC Tanks?
An intermediate bulk container (or IBC) is a plastic container housed by a metal cage and placed on top of a pallet. Due to the metal cage and pallet, they can be easily stacked up on top of each other. On this page, we will explore some main limitations to consider before stacking your IBC tanks.
First Consider the Type of IBC Container
Not all IBC containers are one and the same. There are often different materials used. IBC tanks that come with a full-metal shell, for example, are naturally a lot stronger than those with cages.
Look at the Load Bearing Capacity
The load-bearing capacity is the information supplied in the UN certificate of approval that comes with your IBC tank. Check this information first in order to know how much weight your IBC tank can hold.
Think of the Type of Pallet You are Using
The pallet that your IBC uses is another factor to consider when thinking about the stackability. A pallet that is made from plastic, for example, will be a lot weaker than one made by metal.
Some other Factors to Consider
In addition to the factors that we described above, there are some further variables that can affect your IBC containers’ stackability. Here are a few more factors to consider:
- Weight of the materials;
- Whether you have a forklift or not;
- Your workers’ efficiency.
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