Is it necessary to use insulation jacket for heating up IBC tanks?
IBC (Intermediate Bulk Container) are high-capacity storage tanks that are used for storing and transportation of the intermediate products, food stuff, liquids and other similar materials. These containers are usually made of sturdy plastics, surrounded by metal mesh cages.
Heating the surrounding environment in order to meet certain temperature requirements of the ingredients is a common practice. However, since the containers are surrounded by the metal cage, it is hard to heat up by direct contact. Therefore, wrapping up the environment of the containers and utilizing insulation jacket is a highly preferred application.
Some advantages of using insulation;
First of all, it provide energy saving. Insulation keeps the heat inside and minimizes the heat loss, which leads to using less energy during heating up process. Furthermore, IBC’s are heated faster with this method, the duration of the process is shortened and the ingredients are kept at a constant temperature. In addition, if sensitive material such as chemicals is handled, insulation provides protection against environmental factors and decreases the chance of spills onto the heaters themselves.
As the result, heating up the surrounding environment of the IBC’s and using insulation provide advantages such as energy saving, rapid heating and constant temperature.