What are IBC totes and what tote mixer challenges do they present?
Intermediate bulk containers, often referred to as IBCs or IBC totes, are commonly used storage containers for shipping liquid. IBC totes come in a variety of sizes and are typically constructed of molded plastic surrounded by a metal cage. While their cube-shaped design makes it easy to transport in a trailer or truck, it tends to create challenges for tote mixer efficacy. As the tote mixer impellors move in a circular motion, the corners of the IBC create ‘dead spots’, places which cannot be accessed by the impellors. In some instances, small eddies or side currents are created within the IBC corners, negatively affecting mixing efficacy. To reduce these complications, opt for larger tote mixer impellors which will maximize mixing capacity. Folding tote mixer impellors are useful for IBC totes with small openings, which are closed when inserted and then unfolded once in the product.