Stainless Steel IBC Containers
Process, store, transport, and feed dry bulk solids and powders using a stainless steel IBC container.
These IBCs, or intermediate bulk containers, have a center-flow bottom discharge design. They use a patented cone valve to discharge or feed powders, granules, tablets, pellets, seasonings, pharmaceuticals, drink mixes, and more into downstream bagging machines, feeders, and bulk process systems without bridging, blocking, or blend segregation.
These IBCs are designed to be used as part of a bulk processing system.
- Use them as a refill bin, or as part of a refill system for volumetric loss-in-weight feeders. These IBC containers are easily transported and mounted onto a discharge station located above a feeder and can slowly discharge powders into the feeder’s hopper below.
- Uniformly blend, mix, and formulate dry ingredients inside of a stainless steel IBC container using a tumble blender. Then transport the IBC to a discharge station to feed packaging machines with the blended product while maintaining a consistent blend, sanitary requirements, and dust containment.
- Reduce process downtime by easily disassembling and cleaning the parts of the food grade stainless steel IBC containers and discharge station. Use a wash-down or blown-down process for fast reuse to re-mix another recipe or to build a completely new recipe inside the IBC.
- Easily expand your production or packaging line as your business grows. All IBCs, parts, equipment, and systems are sold and delivered direct from the United States!
- Stainless Steel IBC container volumes range from 500 - 3,000 liters (appx. 18 - 106 cubic feet)
- Square width and depth measuring appx. 46”x46” (1160mm x 1160mm) with heights ranging from appx. 44” up to 121” (1127mm x 3081mm)
- IBC containers are manufactured in 304 stainless steel and 316L stainless steel.
- These IBCs include a patented cone valve to promote uniform discharge of blended materials.
- Use these IBCs with a discharge station for automatic connection without manual intervention.
- These IBCs are stackable and can be moved using a forklift saving valuable floor space.
- Choose contact and non-contact parts for your process.
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Cone Valve Technology
- A patented cone valve is integrated into each stainless steel IBC container. When lifted, dry bulk solids and powders are accurately discharged in such a way as to avoid bridging, rat-holing, and segregation that happens with traditional butterfly or slide-gate valves.
- The cone valve also provides a good level of dust containment for powders used in formulating pharmaceuticals or specialty chemicals.
- A dust-tight seal is made between the cone valve and actuator when the IBC is lowered onto a discharge station.
IBC Filling System
- Use the IBC filling system with manual loading or automated batching.
- Load a stainless steel IBC from a bulk silo, storage bin, or from bulk bags.
- The cyclonic design of the IBC fill head ensures maximum dust containment. The fill head is lowered once the IBC is in position. A sensor on the fill head ensures the IBC lid is removed before filling. The floor locator ensures that the IBC is placed directly under the fill head with the cone valve aligned.
- The IBC Filling System is also compatible with a 50 pound bag dump station.
In-Bin Blending with an IBC Tumble Blender
- Mix and blend powders and other ingredients directly inside an IBC container using a tumble blender. This reduces the number of product transfers and provides a sanitary mixing and blending process with minimum damage or degradation.
- The IBC Tumble blender consists of a free standing steel frame structure with a trunnion mounted rotating cage to hold the IBC. It is loaded and unloaded by a forklift truck.
- The cone valve located at the bottom of the Stainless Steel IBC container is automatically locked into place.
- Once the access gate is locked, the operator starts the tumble blender.
- The cage rotates at a predetermined speed and duration to mix and blend ingredients inside the IBC.
IBC Discharge and Dosing Station
- Safely and hygienically discharge ingredients from a stainless steel storage IBC into a blending IBC or other downstream process system like mixing, packaging, screening, conveying, or use it to refill a loss-in-weight feeder.
- As the IBC is lowered onto the discharge station, the IBC outlet engages into the station's top line and the IBC's cone valve locates onto the station's central probe. This creates a dust tight seal between the IBC and discharge station.
- When the IBC is empty, it is lifted off the discharge station and the IBC outlet remains sealed into the top liner just after the valve re-seats in the IBC outlet. This means that the product is never exposed before, during, or after discharge which is essential for food grade packaging systems.
IBC Washing and Drying
- Automatically wash, sanitize, and dry IBC containers without any downtime at the production level.
- System components can include a water heater, water pressurized system, and dehumidifier.
Complete Formulation Systems using Stainless Steel IBCs
- Incorporate additional components and intermediate bulk containers as required to mix and blend precise formulations and recipes.
- Additional components and machines can also include silos, dust collectors, vacuum / pressure conveying systems, roller conveyors, packaging, bagging machines, walkways, and more.