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As a result, industrial drum manufacturers often strengthened their drums with corrugations, called reinforcing rings, of the thickened material at each quarter of the drum to strengthen the sides and prevent denting or puncturing when rolled or turned. Read More…

Industrial Drums Industrial drums are large, cylindrical industrial containers that are mainly used for shipping and storage applications. One of the oldest types of containers, industrial drums are primarily for transporting and storing bulk goods, which are most often liquids.

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Cranbury, NJ  |  800-260-3786

For over 60 years, Rahway Steel Drum Company has been a reliable supplier of 55 gallon drums and drum services. We supply containers from 1 quart to 330 gallons in quantities from 1 to over 100,000. Our drums hold petroleum, chemicals, paint food products and more. There are no limits to what the Rahway Steel Drum family of companies can provide. Contact us for more information.

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Venice, IL  |  800-366-5098

Container Distributors, Inc. is your one source for 55 gallon drums. With specializing in containers for environmental hazardous waste and material disposal for over 65 years, we pride ourselves on our knowledgeable customer service staff, timely deliveries, and wide range of in-stock items. We at Container Distributors, Inc look forward to hearing from you.

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Chicago, IL  |  800-760-3786

Jakacki Bag & Barrel is the largest nationwide dealer for 55 gallon drums. Since 1942, we have sold 55 gallon drums of all assortments. We emphasize high quality customer service & are dedicated to our drums. In addition to our drums, Jakacki Bag & Barrel offers an environmentally friendly drum disposal service. Contact us for more information on how we can help you with your barrel & drum needs.

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Jakacki Bag & Barrel, Inc. $$$

Hayward, CA  |  510-887-9277

Family owned & operated since 1983 with a vision for recycling, Containers Unlimited is now the largest reconditioner of plastic pails & drums in Northern California. As a distributor of new & used metal & plastic containers, we offer pails, drums, bottles, caps, cans, pick boxes & totes. Success means putting customers #1. Regrinding plastic & repackaging plastic, glass & metal containers too!

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Containers Unlimited $$$

Cleveland, OH  |  216-441-6214

North Coast Container manufactures 55 gallon steel drums, made to fit our customers' individual requirements. Our drums are most often utilized in the shipping and storage industry. We are an ISO 9001:2000-registered company. We regularly review customer specs to maintain safety and quality.

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Jacksonville, FL  |  800-342-8194

Since 1919, Duval Containers has been a leader in the distributing and manufacturing of packaging containers and machinery, glasses, plastics and more. Our products include, but are not limited to steel drums, plastic drums, fibre drums, corrugated boxes, industrial jugs and much more.

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Two common ways that industrial drum are differentiated are if they are closed head or open head drums. Closed head drums, also referred to as tight head drums, have a permanent lid with a small opening to allow for pouring of the enclosed material, while open head drums have removable heads. Industrial drums are constructed from three types of materials: steel drums, plastic drums and fiber drums.

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The material used depends on the applications: for instance, steel drums are used in chemical processing, plastic drums for caustic and acidic materials and fiber drums for solids. The most common drum size in shipping applications is a 55 gallon drum, meaning the drum has a nominal capacity of 55 gallons. Industrial drums are utilized in diverse industries including petroleum, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, construction, waste water treatment, industrial manufacturing and agriculture.

Sorted based on the different materials, industrial drums are otten separated into three main categories: steel drums, plastic drums and fiber drums. Industrial steel drums are manufactured from stainless steel, cold rolled steel or carbon steel and can be used to transport flammable chemicals and other hazardous substances due to high corrosion resistance.

Industrial stainless steel drums in particular are used in anti-corrosive and sanitary applications since it is an FDA-approved material. However, industrial steel drums can rust when exposed to the elements; as a result, non-rusting industrial plastic drums are often preferred. Durable and rigid, yet light-weight, industrial plastic drums made from polyethylene are often referred to as blue barrels because they are typically blue in color.

Industrial plastic drums are often used to transport and store acidic and caustic liquids, powders or other materials and are commonly constructed from plastics such as nylon, polystyrene, PVC and HDPE. Industrial plastic drums are well-suited for storage of liquid and low viscosity foods, solids and high viscous materials, lubricating oils and chemicals.

As a low-cost alternative to steel and plastic industrial drums, industrial fiber drums are constructed from fiber board or dense paper. A typical application of industrial fiber drums is the transport of solid food products, including frozen or refrigerated goods such as cheese and ice cream. Another advantage of fiber industrial drums is that they are completely incinerable and stackable, in addition to being the most easily recycled type of drum.

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