Hamilton Pharmaceuticals is an IBC Solutions customer using Lite 1100 IBCs now.
“We use bag-in-box IBC in our manufacturing process because of batching flexibility and for years we hired because we didn’t feel that there was a cost effective alternative, particularly when we investigated the option of heating the product prior to pumping out to improve productivity” says Stewart Blake, joint managing director.
This perception changed when Tony Rowland, product manager for IBC Solutions, introduced the all-metal Lite intermediate bulk container combined with an efficient insulated heater jacket from heating specialists LMK Thermosafe.
“We were able to show Hamilton Pharmaceuticals that compared to permanent hire, the Lite as a storage unit would pay back in around a year. When combined with the increased efficiency of a wrap around jacket compared to a heater pad in the base of a container, this made for a compelling argument for change”.
The efficiency of heating is a factor of both the insulated properties of the jacket and the heat transfer properties of the all metal container. But the major cost benefit from the heater jackets lies in the fact that in Hamilton Pharmaceuticals’ case, only three are required to take the place of a heater pad in every hired IBC.
“Overall our experience of the products and service provided by IBC Solutions is a good one which has saved us money and given us added flexibility in our manufacturing process. We would certainly recommend companies with similar permanent hire arrangements to consider what we have done as a means to improve the bottom line” concludes Stewart.