How to Measure IBC Container Fittings
We are often asked how to install IBC Container fittings. The short answer is they simply screw onto the output. That’s fine, but how do you work out the right fittings in the first place? This post will walk you through the various elements you’ll need to consider before sourcing the correct fittings and what you need to know in order to make the right purchase.
What is an IBC Tank or Container?
An Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC), IBC tote, or pallet tank, is a reusable industrial container designed for the transportation and storage of bulk liquid and granulated substances, such as chemicals, agricultural feed, food ingredients, solvents, pharmaceuticals, or cosmetics.
IBCs incorporate a pallet, which makes them easy to move with either a jack or a forklift, and because they are cube, they can be efficiently stacked on top of each other. There is a tap at the base of the IBC, which is where a hose can be attached for the transfer of the media.
What Fittings do I Need for my IBC?
The IBC tap can be converted to a range of threads making it compatible with almost any hose or fitting.
The majority of IBC fittings come in polypropylene and are therefore compatible with a range of chemical applications. There are also Stainless Steel options available, so check what your requirements are before speaking with your supplier who should be able to advise you.
Measuring the Thread on an IBC Outlet
IBC’s come with the following variety of different threads:
There are two measurements needed to identify the type of thread you have on your IBC outlet. The first number is the thread OD (Outside Diameter) and the second number is the thread pitch.
The Outside Diameter of the Thread (OD)
The outside diameter is the measurement across the outlet. This measurement must include the threads. Measurements are in millimetres.
The Pitch of the Thread
The pitch is the distance from a point on the peak of a thread to the same point on the next thread. Measurements are in millimetres.
How do I Fit the Adaptors to my IBC Tank?
This is the easy bit! They simply screw together!
We will follow up with another post shortly to explore additional seals, caps and accessories and we might even spoil you with a video on how to identify each fitting and how to install it. Watch this space.
For any further information on any aspect of IBC fittings, seals or thread types, please give our sales team a call on +44 (0) 1235 512500 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download all of our IBC Data Sheets here in a pdf. format, free of charge.