How to check if your metal IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Containers) are thick enough to handle what you throw at them. Here’s a no-frills, step-by-step guide to ensure your containers are in top form.

Kick it Off with the Data Plate

First up, every tank’s got a story. Find it on the IBC Data Plate. The plate lists the minimum wall thickness your tank needs to meet. No guessing here, just facts.

Tool Time: Calibrate Your Thickness Tester

Before you dive in, make sure your Thickness Tester is dialed in:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s steps to calibrate.
  • Accuracy’s key, so take your time here.

Prep and Zero Your Device

  • Drop a bit of ultrasonic couplant on the probe-disc. This stuff’s like the secret sauce for clear sound wave transmission.
  • Press the transducer snug against the probe-disc, get a stable reading, then hit PRB-0 to zero it out. This step is crucial for dead-on measurements.

Inspection Round

**Top of the Tank:** Pick any spot up top and measure.
**Tank Bottom:** Hit two spots near those weld seams.
**All Sides:** Check two spots at the base of each side, right by the seams. Repeat for all four sides to cover all your bases.

Jot it Down

Last step? Record every measurement in your Test/Inspection Report. Keeping records is not just good practice—it’s essential to ensure your IBCs meet all the right standards.

Wrapping Up

And there you have it! You’re all set to measure up your metal IBCs like a pro. Keep this guide handy, and your tanks will never let you down.