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  • What are the benefits of using steel drums?
    Durability and Robustness: Steel drums are known for their strength and ability to withstand physical damage during transit. They are hard-wearing and long-lasting, requiring minimal maintenance, which is crucial for industrial use. Versatility: Steel drums can be used for storing and transporting a variety of materials, including foodstuffs, oils, lubricants, solvents, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and hazardous waste. Their wide range of potential uses makes them suitable for different industries. Safety: For the safe shipment of hazardous materials, it's essential to use containers that meet specific storage and transportation requirements. Steel drums are durable and designed to safely contain these materials. Recyclability and Reusability: Steel drums can be washed out and turned into reconditioned drums, reducing waste and conserving resources. This process contributes to environmental sustainability and allows for the reuse of materials. Cost-Effectiveness: With their long shelf life, steel drums offer excellent value for money over an extended period. They are a cost-effective solution for transporting materials in large volumes that may require heavy-duty materials.
  • What types of steel drums are available?
    Steel drums come in a variety of types, each designed for specific uses and offering unique features. Here's an expanded look at the different types of steel drums available: Open Head Drums: These drums have a fully removable cover, often secured with a bolt or lever lock ring closure. They are ideal for storing and transporting solids and thicker liquids like oils, absorbents, syrups, and glues. Open head drums are commonly used when frequent addition or extraction of contents is required. Tight Head Drums: Also known as closed head drums, they have a secured, non-removable top. Access is typically via a 2" and 3/4" bung opening in the top of the drum. These are used primarily for lower viscosity liquids and provide enhanced security against leaks. Salvage Drums: Regulated by the Department of Transportation, salvage drums are designed to contain packages of hazardous materials that are damaged, defective, or found leaking. They are larger than the leaking package, allowing it to be safely placed inside for transport to a disposal or treatment facility. Stainless Steel Drums: Known for their durability and chemical resistance, stainless steel drums are an ideal solution for products requiring purity and compatibility of materials. They offer better corrosion resistance, tensile strength, and reusability compared to carbon steel drums. Reconditioned Steel Drums: These are previously used drums that have been cleaned, repaired, and restored for further use. They are a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option, suitable for storing or shipping applications where FDA compliance is not required. If you're uncertain about which steel drums are the best fit for your specific needs, please don't hesitate to reach out to us for personalized guidance and expert advice.
  • What sort of upkeep do steel drums require?
    Maintaining steel drums requires regular care to ensure their longevity and effectiveness, especially when they are used to store or transport sensitive materials. Key aspects of steel drum maintenance include: Cleaning and Decontamination: After every use, steel drums should be thoroughly cleaned and decontaminated, particularly if they have been used to store chemicals or other hazardous substances. This helps to prevent contamination and maintain the integrity of the drum. Use of Drum Liners: Drum liners are recommended for storing or transporting certain materials, like foodstuffs, to avoid contamination. They act as an inner, protective layer within the drum, ensuring that liquids are stored without touching the drum's interior. This is particularly important for products sensitive to the drum’s material or when the drum is reused for different substances. Regular Inspections: Steel drums should be regularly inspected for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or corrosion. This is crucial to identify potential issues early and to ensure the safety and integrity of the drum, especially if it is used to store hazardous materials. Proper Storage: When not in use, steel drums should be stored properly to protect them from environmental damage. They should be kept indoors or under a cover to prevent exposure to extreme temperatures or moisture, which can lead to corrosion. Use of Accessories and Tools: Various accessories and tools can be used to enhance the functionality of steel drums and to prolong their lifespan. This includes items like capseals, faucets, pumps, drum wrenches, and heaters, which are designed to aid in the handling and use of the drums. Handling and Transportation: Steel drums should be handled and transported according to health and safety regulations. This includes using appropriate equipment for moving and securing the drums during transit to prevent accidents or spillage. Reconditioning and Repurposing: At the end of their service life, steel drums can often be reconditioned or repurposed. Reconditioned drums can be a cost-effective and environmentally friendly option, though it’s important to ensure they are thoroughly decontaminated and suitable for the intended use. By following these maintenance guidelines, steel drums can last up to twenty years, offering a durable and cost-effective solution for storing and transporting a wide range of materials​​​​​​.

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