Con-Tech offers a wide variety of steel drum closures and accessories including drum cap seals, steel drum nuts and bolts, steel drum metal ring accessories, nylon drum plugs, and plastic drum plugs, drum plug gaskets, drum paint caps, and drum cap seal crimping tools. Con-Tech drum cap seals are printable with your own logo, while a complete assortment of open head drum ring nuts and bolts are also available. Likewise, our 55-gallon steel drum bolts, nuts, lugs, and latches offer reliable, cost-effective security for all of your 55-gallon steel drums.
The Importance of Steel Drums
Steel drums are an essential American industry for which buyers carefully assess every detail. Steel drums have the lowest insurance rates for shipping containers since the U.S. Department of Transportation incident rates indicate they are the safest containers. Steel drums, also known as barrels, are circular shipping and storage containers commonly used for wholesale bulk product distribution. Steel drums were first patented in the United States in the early twentieth century and came into wider use in subsequent decades as transportation and manufacturing became more sophisticated.
Steel drums in various sizes and configurations have many practical uses in industry. They also have been used in many other ways including as housing supports, musical instruments, rain barrels and barbeque drums.
Steel drums have either open or closed, welded heads, and are commonly available in the United States in the 55-gallon steel drum size. Closed-head steel drums are used for shipment, and storage liquids like chemicals and petroleum, as they cannot easily be filled with or dispense powdered items, while open head steel drums have more versatility.
Cold-rolled steel sheets are used to fabricate steel drums as the bodies are welded then made into drum bodies. A rolled seam is then made for the drum bottom, or on both the bottom and the top. Steel drums typically have top and bottom chimes or rims, while most steel drums have rolling hoops for strength and rolling, as well as two standardized bung holes of 2 inch and 3/4 inch diameters o the head. Threaded flanges are permanently inserted into the steel drums for use with plugs or bungs which are screwed into the drums once it is filled, in order to make a seal.
Steel drum closures are devices used to seal steel drums in order to protect the contents against air, dirt, liquid and other contaminants during transportation and storage. Steel drum closures also maintain the shelf life of the contents and provide a means of reclosing and reusing the steel drum. Steel drum closures are covered with cap seals to prevent tampering and further protect the contents.
Using the correct drum closures and accessories is critical as the area is strictly regulated. Organizations of manufacturers of reconditioned and new steel, plastic, and fiber drums, as well as intermediate bulk containers, work hard on their North American suppliers to do the same while emphasizing the importance of safety and reliability.
Exclusive Drum Closure Accessory Supplier
Con-Tech is the exclusive steel drum closure and accessory supplier in the Americas for Technocraft Industries (India) Ltd., an ISO 9002 certified worldwide industrial company known for manufacturing excellence, producing Tite-Seal™ plugs and Tite-Seal™ flanges, related steel drum closures and accessories, steel drum cap seals, steel drum plug gaskets and steel drum flange insertion dies. Electroplated and lined Tite-Seal™ drum closures are also available.
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