Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Innovation Will Save Freight Consolidators and Steel Drum Users Space and Money

Logical Invention Makes 220 Litre Units Stackable
Shipping News Feature

UK – Sometimes there comes along an innovation which simply makes one scratch one’s head and wonder why nobody ever thought of it sooner. As anyone used to working in a busy freight consolidation warehouse will understand, loaded 210 litre steel drums can pose handling problems in small quantities but nothing like the waste of space when they have to be moved or stored when empty.

Now West Midlands based Ramsden Steel Drums Ltd., part of the Ramsden and Whale group, are manufacturing conical 220 litre open head drums, in a range of four thicknesses, ideal for all traditional oil and chemical markets, but also suitable for food processing industries, powders, metals and much wider markets. The beauty of the new drums however is not their functionality when full, but far more the huge savings they save on transport and storage when empty.

The steel drums vary in weight between 13 and 16.5 kilogrammes, depending upon steel thickness and UN certification, and can be supplied with or without head closures or internal lacquer lining, whilst they are entirely manufactured at Ramsden’s own in house facilities. The group started life in 1956 and today is the only UK based company that can offer either new or reconditioned 210 litre steel drums produced from its own premises. Sales director Dawn Richardson, commented:

“Our focus on customer service will remain our priority. Our intention is to expand our range of standard steel drums to include innovative new products and we have commenced with this range of conical space-savers. The ability to stack a high number of drums on a single pallet is already attracting a lot of interest from new markets. A maximum of 68 drums can be stored on one pallet, compared to the traditional drum storage of four drums per pallet. This will dramatically reduce warehousing and logistical costs as less space is required for the storage of these containers.”