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Heating Options | IBC

Supplier: SBH Solutions

Bottle-in-cage IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Container) are not particularly easy to heat, SBH Solutions has a range of options available for use with a variety of IBC, choice of heater can depend on what duty is required and how the contents react to heat and the time available.


High Performance IBC Heating Jackets:

Insulated heating jackets are available for use with a variety of IBC. All are made from washable coated nylon outer and custom glass cloth / stitched fibreglass inner and achieve 1 – 3ºC heat rises per hour. 

  • For bottle-in-cage IBC we offer a jacket "to stop product from getting too cold" with a one circuit and a -5ºC to 40ºC thermostat, or a jacket "to heat product up to 60 degree C" with two twin circuits with 0 – 90ºC thermostats.
  • In addition, made-to-order IBC jackets include a three circuit 3150w jacket for hard to heat really viscous material, and a single circuit 2000w with tyne pocket skirts favoured by honey processors.
  • For added effectiveness, insulated lids are also available for all options, as are heavy duty PVC covers for outdoor storage.
  • Any jacket can be re-sized for folding IBC, greasetainers, steel tote IBC amongst others.

IBC heating jackets are easy to mount to the IBC frame and designed to last assuming normal care is taken with their handling and storage. They have the advantage of being extremely safe to leave on overnight ready for the start of production as once they reach temperature, they will cycle on and off to maintain the required heat level.

Adding a mixer / agitator:

For medium viscosity product, the addition of an IBC agitator/mixer can speed up the rate of heating by moving the harder to heat middle contents to the outside of the mass nearer to the heat source. Mixers can be used independently of heating and dependent upon viscosity can be screwed into the top of the IBC or have its own frame with fork tyne sleeves for easier mounting.

Direct application of heat:

In some cases the direct application of heat via an immersion heater can offer quick results where the product is able to absorb heat without spoiling. This can be a messy process and should there be a variety of products to warm, then cross contamination risks should be considered. The warming impact can increase when combined with an insulation only jacket as heat loss is reduced.

Indirect Heat - the IBC / drum oven:

Though expensive to set up and run, high volume production is still suited to batch heating in an oven though lack of flexibility in the positioning of the oven in relationship to the production process can be an issue.

IBC Immersion Heater