Collapsible Drum Offers 25% Higher Cube Utilization


The patent pending, reusable drum is designed for the food, powder and liquid handling markets. (Photo: Business Wire)

Buckhorn Inc. is introducing a collapsible 60-gallon plastic drum at this year’s Pack Expo. The patent-pending drum is recyclable and is designed specifically for food, powder and liquid handling applications. The drum has a 24 in. by 20 in. by 40 in. footprint and includes three main components – a base, sidewalls and lid. The parts are designed with offset surfaces and interlocking flanges so that no cracks exist in the joints, minimizing the potential for contamination. The drum has two security tie holes per lid. Inside and outside surfaces of the sidewalls are smooth for easy cleaning, and the sidewalls are hinged in the center for a one-way inward fold, allowing the drum to fold flat in seconds.

The rectangular design allows four assembled drums to interlock and cube a 48 in. by 40 in. pallet, stacking five pallet loads high in storage. The drums work with wood pallets or with the company’s universal pallet. The smaller footprint and greater capacity at 60 gallons offer 25% better cube utilization than standard 55-gallon alternatives – the volume of product that can be shipped in four Buckhorn drums would require five 55-gallon drums. Additionally, 480 collapsed drums fit in a 53-foot truck for a superior 3:1 return ratio.

“Our research has shown customers are demanding a collapsible alternative to the steel, fiber and plastic drums currently in their systems,” says Rob Tieman, Buckhorn director of sales and marketing, “one that will offer a better return ratio, more warehouse space and increased profitability.”

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