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[post_date] => 2016-10-10 10:13:41
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[post_content] => Germany-headquartered Schütz, the world's largest producer of intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), has scooped the Best Global Partnership 2015 award from compatriot chemicals producer Wacker Chemie. "As a global packaging partner for all the key sites operated by Wacker, we received this award for our 'strong global presence, great commitment to service and exceptional quality consciousness'," Schütz reports. "In their speech, the chemicals company praised the absolute dependability, the always punctual deliveries and the consistently outstanding quality of our products," it continues, reporting that "the business partnership is governed by a global framework agreement and managed by a central point of contact".
"Along the path from valuable raw material to a high quality finished product, choosing the right packaging plays a central role," the company states. "The ideal packaging ensures that transport and storage are economical, it secures the quality of the filling product and can simplify processes. And if the packaging is reconditioned in an eco-friendly way after use, then it also helps to conserve valuable natural resources."
"With the Ecobulk, Schütz is the global market leader for IBCs. Its modular design allows it to be perfectly configured for most applications and is also the key to its reusability through the eco-friendly Schütz Ticket Service. Both production and reconditioning of the IBCs takes place in compliance with uniform environmental, safety and quality management guidelines," Schütz says, adding that in order "to make the close link between originality and quality instantly visible on reconditioned Schütz IBCs", it has now launched the new Recobulk brand name (HCB Monthly
September 2016, page 78). "With Ecobulk and Recobulk, customers benefit from full compatibility between new and reconditioned packaging: both products are available in exactly the same standard specification and provide the same quality and performance – for absolutely safe use, even when mixed."
Meanwhile, the Selters-headquartered company continues to develop new IBC designs aimed at optimising its customers' performance and operations. One such example is the UN-approved Ecobulk HX, which has been specifically developed with the handling of highly viscous filling products in mind. "Industries which work with honeys, varnishes, adhesives, oils or ointments are all familiar with this challenge: these products are all highly viscous and almost invariably leave residues in the packaging. These unused qualities are an economic loss as they cannot be processed or used," it notes, describing the Ecobulk HX as "the answer to this issue".
"The special product design is well thought out: a sloping base with a stable supporting cushion, an optimised outlet area and a low-lying outlet valve. These geometric features ensure residual draining of less than 0.3 litres even with highly viscous media. Optimum stirring results can be achieved even with small residual volumes of 50 litres. The eye-catching IBC is also superior to conventional stainless steel multi-trip containers when it comes to cost-effectiveness and quality protection," it asserts. What's more, with an Ex-variant also available for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, the new HX can also be fitted with the Schütz Impeller, "a single-use agitator which ensures safe stirring for sensitive or highly viscous filling products".
"The Impeller is attached to the screw cap of the IBC and is pre-installed in the filling opening of the IBC during production," Schütz explains. "To fill the IBC, the system is either briefly removed or it remains – depending on the filling process and container configuration – in place. After it has been filled, the IBC can remain closed and sealed throughout the supply chain, including the stirring process, until the product is used. Inserting the stirrer of a stationary or mobile mixing system always presents a potential contamination risk as contamination of the filling product can occur every time the packaging is opened and every time it comes into contact with other materials. With toxic substances this can also pose a potential health hazard for workers. Schütz's latest development prevents this from happening."
To stir the contents a conventional stirrer drive is used. "Modification or adaption is not required", the company says, explaining that a special feature of the Impeller's design is its use of 'folding wings' that change position depending on the speed of the drive and the filling level of an IBC's contents. "At lower speeds they sink, thus ensuring optimum stirring results even at low filling levels," it says, reporting that the Impeller is available for all 1,000 and 1,250 litre Ecobulk designs with DN 150 and DN 225 filling openings. Moreover, empty IBCs fitted with the Impeller are eligible for collection and processing under the Schütz Ticket Service. "As part of the environmentally friendly reconditioning process the bottle and Impeller are recycled back into HDPE granulate," it says, revealing that this material is then used to make new Schütz products, such as IBC corner guards or plastics pallets.
CLEAN AS A WHISTLE
With Schütz keen to protect its customers' highly sensitive filling products from potential contaminates, the company has also now developed its Cleancert and Foodcert IBC and drum lines. These products, it says, "offer comprehensive material, product and process safety", with Schütz having "implemented a wide range of stringent preventive measures" in order "to rule out contamination from the very beginning".
"These measure apply to buildings, equipment and the entire production environment. The company has also been certified according to the FSSC 22000 industry standards, meaning that [it complies] with the significantly higher demands of producers and consumers for safety," Schütz states. "This packaging is produced to customer specifications, just-in-time and is seamlessly traceable. Every component and every step in the production process is absolutely free of silicone. Both products are also available with an EVOH barrier as effective protection against permeation. This prevents the permeation in or out of gases, flavours, fragrances and solvents and significantly increases the shelf life of sensitive products."
In addition to a full gamut of UN-approved blow-moulded composite IBCs, Schütz also produces variously sized steel and plastics drums, including "the universally suitable F1 tight-head drum", which, in addition to increased stacking stability, is imbued with significant impact strength at low temperatures as well as notable stress-crack and chemical resistance.
Founded in 1958, the company today maintains an international network of production and reconditioning facilities that spans all six inhabited continents. In addition to industrial packagings, the company, among other things, also produces heating oil storage tanks, rainwater harvesting systems, underfloor heating systems and Cormaster, an advanced composite material that "provides exceptional stability and robustness combined with low weight" and which is "successfully used in a wide range of applications in the aerospace industry, in automotive and ship manufacturing".
[post_title] => Schütz: Going for gold
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