Hopper IBC was selling well to the food industry. A feature being recognised is the ability to colour code the plastic cladding to identify ownership, or to differentiate product.
Customers such as Kellogg use it to differentiate their own units from the CB7s they also use. Customers such as Specialty Cereals use it to differentiate different products in their manufacturing process.
This system is particularly beneficial when handling perishable products. If you consider say the smallgoods industry where various components need to be separated, this coding system is absolutely ideal. The same principals could well apply to handling of whole meat, dairy products and cereals.
The wonderful aspect about the Hopper is the large number of configurations that it can be adapted to. Not only that, Milford will largely tailor the design to suit the particular specifications of a client.
For instance, the cereal Hopper IBC has a low level hatch for the safe, controlled discharge of many ingredients, but if this is not required, then the container can be purchased without this feature. Milford has also developed a number of accessories for their IBC range including an air operated tilter to assist with unloading.
Another recent improvement has seen the addition of an ergonomic easy-lift handle to ensure potential OH&S risks are removed for operators when assembling or folding the Hopper during use.
This unique handle allows the operator greatly reduced bending when pulling the folding gates up off the floor of the IBC.
The new Hopper colour coding containers are available from IBC Solutions.