How important is chemical compatibility when packaging your material in an IBC?

Chemical compatibility is a measure of how stable a substance is when mixed with another substance but you know this already because you are a manufacturer of chemicals. So how important is this when packaging your material in an IBC? Packaging your material in an IBC is just as critical as mixing your raw materials to make your product. IBC’s have a variety of gaskets to seal the unit to achieve a tight seal to meet UN requirements. Although many manufacturers have advanced to not have back gaskets on the valve there are still some concerns you need to be aware of.

  1. Ball and Cylinder valves have internal gaskets that can not be changed.
  2. The color of a valve handle is used to help to identify the gasket material in your valve, some manufacturers no longer follow this guide.

The industry has produced many gasket options for you to choose from Viton, EPDM, Santoprene, Teflon, and LDPE. It is important to view compatibility charts to determine the appropriate choice for your needs.

Additional concerns would be the temperature of your material going into the IBC, most IBC’s as well as gasket materials can withstand a max temp of 130 degrees, this will range by manufacturers.

Warehouse or facility personnel are typically not aware of this information, educate your employees on the issue. Make sure your IBC supplier is knowledgeable of your material and can assist in supplying you with a suitable container for your needs.