Con-Tech is the exclusive reconditioned steel drum closure and accessory supplier in the Americas for Technocraft Industries (India) Ltd., an ISO 9002 worldwide industrial company known for manufacturing excellence in reconditioned drum closures and accessories.
We supply a full range of high quality, economical drum and container closures called Tite-Seal™, including Tite-Seal™ plugs and Tite-Seal™ flanges, that are supplied throughout the world wherever empty, 55-gallon steel drums are cleaned, re-shaped, assembled with the appropriate lid, ring and/or fittings, painted and re-coated.
An EPA publication recognizes that the “benefits of reconditioning steel drums are considerable. New drums cost nearly $20, and reconditioned ones are about $12. Thus, at waste disposal sites where there are thousands of drums, the potential reclamation value could be significant. Moreover, reclamation would help to alleviate a nationwide shortage of reconditionable 18-gage drums.”
Industry sources have long recognized that emptied steel drums can be reconditioned or recycled many times over, making them eminently sustainable.
Reconditioned Drum Closures and Accessories
Frequently Asked Questions About Reconditioned Drums, Closures and Accessories
What is drum reconditioning?
Drum reconditioning is a process whereby empty used drums are cleaned, re-shaped, assembled with the appropriate lid, ring and/or fittings, painted and recoated where needed. The method through which a drum is cleaned and reconditioned depends upon the drum’s prior contents and its construction.
How are steel drums reconditioned?
All steel drums must have the heads removed prior to reconditioning. Steel drums that contained paints and related items are burned in drum furnaces at high heats, while open head steel drums which previously housed solvents and similar items are washed with high-pressure alkaline-based solutions and steam. After cleaning, steel drums are straightened, reshaped and blasted with steel shot before painting, recoating and assembling with the appropriate drum lid, drum ring and/or drum fitting.
How are poly drums reconditioned?
Poly drums are reconditioned with alternating submersion and high-pressure alkaline solutions, while fiber drums are usually cleaned with air, high-pressure steam and/or alkaline rinses and then visually inspected before reassembly.
What is the final step in drum reconditioning?
Visual inspection and leak testing to satisfy DOT and UN regulations is part of the final reconditioning process of all steel and poly drums.
What are reconditioned drum closures and accessories?
Drum closures for reconditioned drums are devices used to seal these drums in order to protect the contents against air, dirt, liquid and other contaminants during transportation and storage. Reconditioned drum closures also maintain the shelf life of the contents and provide a means of reclosing and reusing the drum. The reconditioned container closures are covered with cap seals to prevent tampering and further protect the contents. Drum plugs and flanges, leak lock plugs, plug gaskets, and other related accessories also are used with reconditioned drums.
What is the Thickness of Steel for Reconditioning Steel Drums?
The reconditioning thickness for steel drums is the minimum gauge set by federal regulators for reconditioning or recycling of steel drums. As of now, steel drums constructed for re-use (per CFR 173.28) must have minimum wall thicknesses of 0.92 mm or 20 gauge.
How Many Times can a Steel Drum be Reconditioned?
A steel drum may be reconditioned up to six times and maintain its certification, depending upon the thickness of steel and the propriety of its handling and reconditioning.