In the globalised world of the twenty-first century, companies involved in the export of liquids and foodstuffs need to feel confident that their products will arrive at their destination in much the same condition as they were when they left the firm’s premises. Of course, the best way to obtain this kind of reassurance is to use packaging options which will ensure such goods – even those of a potentially dangerous nature – remain in a truly fit state during transit. Many companies across the world agree that, when it comes to transporting products like liquids and foodstuffs, stainless steel drums are far and away the best option.
But why is this?
The key advantages of stainless steel drums
To begin with the cylindrical design of a stainless steel drum ensures it is a very easy item to transport, as it can moved with relative ease either by hand (one person can roll it) or by mechanical means (forklifts can get them from A to B in double-quick time). The material from which these drums are made is another big positive. As well as being more than capable of standing up to the most inclement weather conditions, the highly impressive strength of stainless steel ensures a high level of performance which is greatly appreciated by those operating in the industrial sector. Indeed, the integral strength afforded by stainless steel makes it possible for firms to transport anything from foods and pharmaceuticals to chemicals and oil in a truly safe and effective way.
In addition, stainless steel drums are are also relatively inexpensive to manufacture, thus making them a very cost-effective option for companies of all means and sizes to invest in. Of course, there is also the small matter of storage to consider too. The strength (and versatility) of stainless steel ensures drums of this kind can be stored in large numbers on top of each other with consummate ease as each barrel is more than capable of dealing with the stress that comes from being placed on top/underneath several other units.
While the advantages outlined above make a pretty compelling argument for using stainless steel drums, they are certainly not the only benefits to be had.
The fact that steel drums can be recycled once they are at the end of their operational life makes them one of the most environmentally friendly transportation container options around. Furthermore, the highly recyclable nature of these drums can help to reduce the cost of a company’s investment as the raw materials can be used to create more steel drums in the future.
Corrosion resistance is another key benefit of stainless steel containers. No matter how much water and moisture they might be exposed to, these hardy drums will not become rusted, weakened or damaged in any way. The reason for this is that stainless steel contains Chromium, a mineral element which reacts with oxygen to create a ‘barrier’ around the barrel to protect it from corrosion.