Plastic or a polythene barrel is a container that is made keeping in mind the various requirements of the industry. It is generally used to store hazardous chemicals and viscous liquids that need transport or warehousing. The basic utility such a barrel has over the traditional types is that it is specially tailor-made to be corrosion resistant and sterile to the items being stored. The use of such barrels became widely popular in the Second World War where the extensive campaigns undertaken by the allied powers required transporting a considerable amount of gasoline and fuel for operating mechanized war machines, planes, and transport vehicles in foreign soil. The advantage such a barrel has over the traditional steel barrel is that they are light and easily disposable due to their reduced costs in manufacturing.
How Is A Plastic Barrel Made?
It is generally moulded from a plastic compound into the desired shape with either an open top or a closed seal with a small opening. The sizes range according to utility purposes from anywhere between 15 to 55 gallons of storage. Unlike the steel drums which is costly to manufacture, the plastic drums can be made with an incredibly reduced cost and highly resistant to corrosive materials. Since plastic and polycarbonate materials are resistant to over 90 per cent of the industrial chemicals and almost 50 per cent lighter than steel drums, therefore, the perfect choice for industrialists. However, the lack of rigidity renders the storage space at a nominal value compared to steel drums. Generally, the compound used in the manufacture of a plastic drum is high-density polyethene.
The Utility Of A Plastic Barrel
Due to the unique resistive nature of the plastic compound, complex chemicals and concentrated acids can be easily stored in such containers. It is a well-known fact that acids naturally react to metals. Therefore, plastic drums are used to store such liquids instead of steel drums. Due to the lowered cost of manufacturing, such poly barrels are perfect for large-scale commercial use. Due to the flexible nature of the plastic, the plastic barrel requires to be of an extra thickness which not only makes it rigid but also gives it an extra layer of protection against damage from accidents. This added durability makes it a go-to product for transport and shipment, and therefore, is a preferred choice in the market.
The utility of a poly barrel doesn’t stop at the commercial use only; most homeowners and farmers also use it to stock valuable liquid products and items. Small-scale retailers also use such barrels for waste management and disposal aside from storing liquid raw materials and chemicals. Therefore, such advantages in commercial and personal use make it the perfect choice for everyone.