Reduce Hazards with Anti-Stat Drum and Pail Liner Choices

Static electricity is not just the annoyance that zaps your finger, makes your hair stand on end, and makes your clothes cling. It can be a killer.

Static electricity is the precipitating agent in many industrial accidents caused by improper handling of liquids, powders, and bulk solids. Such products can build up electrostatic charges as they are being conveyed, filled, discharged, or otherwise put in motion. If the equipment and the bulk packaging that handles the material is not properly designed, and safety procedures like grounding are not followed, a spark caused by static electricity can ignite an explosion which could have deadly consequences.

Most industrial accidents caused by static electricity occur in facilities that handle plastics, fuel, solvents, paints, and other highly flammable materials. However, food manufacturing plants are by no means immune. According to Health and Safety Executive, sugar, flour, custard powder, instant coffee, dried milk, potato powder, soup powder, and other powdered or bulk solid foods have the potential for static electricity explosions. One of the worst such accidents in modern history occurred in 2008 at the Imperial Sugar refinery near Savannah, Georgia, killing 14 people and injuring 42 more.

“Unfortunately, these hazards are generally not as well recognized as they should be, but they constitute a serious safety concern for manufacturers and their employees,” Caitlin Lucia, a senior process engineer at Campbell Soup Co., told Food Manufacturing magazine. “They can also be a potential hazard for the communities surrounding production facilities.”

Understanding Conductivity

One of the most important factors in static electricity explosions is the conductivity of equipment and packaging. Materials with low conductivity (i.e., high electrical resistance) constitute a greater danger, because they allow the buildup of electrons on their surfaces, raising the potential of sparking. The risk of explosion rises with finely ground product, and when flammable materials like edible oils, solvents, or cleaning chemicals are used close to potential sources of electrostatic sparks.

Drum and pail linersFood plants often use plastic liners with steel drums and pails for improved sanitation and evacuation efficiency. Unfortunately, plastic is an inherently non-conductive material, which, as noted above, raises the risk of sparking. However, specially treated plastic can greatly reduce that risk. CDF Corp. offers antistatic drum and pail liners that dissipate electrostatic charges before they can build up and cause sparking.

These liners are available in both military-specification (mil-spec) and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standards. The difference is basically in the parameters of the tests that the materials must pass to meet the standards. Differentiating factors include how long it takes a surface static charge to decay, at what temperature and humidity. (Generally speaking, the MIL standard is stricter.)

Anti-stat liners have benefits beyond reducing the risk of sparks. They reduce clinging dust for improved sanitation and appearance; they provide protection against drum and pail corrosion; and they protect drums and pails for longer life.

To learn more about all the anti-stat products offered by CDF, contact us for a free sample and download our corporate brochure today.

CDF exhibiting flexible packaging at the PPC Spring Meeting

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will exhibit bag-in-box liners and drum and pail products at the Petroleum Packaging Council’s Spring Meeting and Tradeshow.

The Petroleum Packaging Council’s Spring Meeting and Tradeshow will be held March 16th to the 18th at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel in Tampa, Florida.

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of product manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical lubricant applications.

The Cheertainer is an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional packaging.  Its unique form-fit bag-in-box design minimizes packaging requirements and maximizes transportation and storage efficiency, providing an eco-smart solution.

CDF has the industry’s most comprehensive selection of drum and pail liners and accessories. Our products range from tough, leak-proof, vacuum-formed inserts, to economical, round-bottom liners to the special protection of barrier-film liners. These liners and inserts can be used with many chemical applications, such as adhesives, automotive, coatings, detergent, greases, ink, lubricants, paint, sealants and soap.

The Smart Pail was developed to offer a more sustainable and cost effective system for transporting semi-viscous, solids and some liquids traditionally shipped in plastic pails. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with a unique wide-mouth laminated peel-reseal lidding film structure offering tamper evidence, easy open-close, excellent oxygen barrier and efficient disposal. The Smart Pail is inserted into a specifically designed corrugated box and stacked 48 units per 40” x 48” pallet for transportation. The end-user simply peels open the peel reseal label, cuts the tamper evident film and pumps, scoops or pours the contents. The peel-reseal lidding can be open and closed multiple times. The Smart Pail is easily collapsed – ready for disposal or recycling. Four collapsed Smart Pails fit into one 5 gallon pail – saving space, time and the environment!

CDF Corporation exhibiting flexible packaging for pails, drums and IBCs and the Smart Pail™ plastic pail replacement system at the International Dairy Show

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display CDF’s newest product, the Smart Pail, pail and drum liners and the Air-Assist IBC liner at the International Dairy Show and Process Expo 2013 at booth# 752.

The International Dairy Show and Process Expo will take place November 3-6, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Over 800 exhibitors and 15,000 industry professionals are anticipated to attend. The International Dairy Show will bring together those interested in packaging, processing, ingredients, marketing, sales, plant operations, product development, safety, sustainability, and technology for an exchange of ideas and to discover innovative solutions for the current market trends.

Representing CDF will be Tom McCarthy, Flexible Packaging Group General Manager; Joe Wanner, Smart Pail Product Manager; and Leigh Vaughn and Jake Sullivan, Sales Representatives.

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of dairy manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical food applications. The Air-Assist liner for IBC totes is ideal for ice cream variegates and syrups. Air-Assist liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.

The Form-Fit IBC liner is used often for liquid egg, milk, malts, syrups, concentrated fruit, flavorings, fructose, sweeteners and pastes. Form-fit IBC liners provide high performance for top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

CDF’s most recent product addition, the Smart Pail is a plastic pail replacement system. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with the option of a hermetically sealed lid and/or snap-on plastic cover, corrugated box and corrugated lid. The Smart Pail was developed for viscous and dry products, including fillings, frosting and pastes.

Keeping your Fluids Cleaner

The EZ-Strainer for 55 gallon drums and 5 gallon pails are the more efficient way to produce, dispense and mix fluids, while reducing the cost by improving the way in which it filters and ensures that products that are meant to be debris free stay that way. The patented lip design allows for a simple hang from the top of the drum or pail, this ensures that the strainer does not get pulled inside even when it comes to the heaviest of products. CDF’s EZ-Strainer is designed from HDPE with four grades of mesh available, from course to ultra-fine.


CDF announces replacement for rigid pails

In an effort to create a sustainable replacement for rigid pails, CDF Corporation, the leading manufacturer of drum, pail and intermediate bulk container liners and flexible packaging, has developed the Smart Pail, an environmentally-friendly liner-in-box system.  The Smart Pail consists of a light-weight, cubed shaped liner designed for use with a 100% recyclable corrugate overpack.  The Smart Pail provides a significant cost-savings opportunity for the user by reducing input energy and maximizing overall efficiencies without sacrificing the quality and reliability required of pail systems.

The Smart Pail can be seamlessly integrated into existing single and multi-head filling lines, providing companies a means to increase profit and promote sustainable business practice.  The pail liner weighs 87% less than a rigid pail, allowing the customer to maximize energy efficiencies and productivity rates.  In terms of energy savings, one truckload of empty Smart Pails is equal to 5 truckloads of empty rigid pails.  This reduces inbound transportation costs, fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while maximizing inventory space.

Due to its cubed construction, the Smart Pail is able to achieve one extra skidded layer over rigid pails, equating to 33% more product-per-pallet.  The corrugate container is 100% recyclable and the liner, made from high-density polyethylene, has recycle code 2 certification.  And, at the end of use, the Smart Pail occupies 76% less space in landfills than rigid pails.

“In today’s business climate, it is becoming all the more important to be cost-effective and environmentally-conscious,” says CDF Chief Operating Officer Laura Beechwood.  “The Smart Pail is a revolutionary product that will cut costs, help drive future business growth, and improve company environmental efforts – creating an all-around smart system.”

Two different lidding options are available for the Smart Pail.  For users handling products that need to maintain freshness or storing capacity, the Smart Pail can be hermetically sealed with a wide range of film structures, creating an air-tight, tamper-proof seal to ensure product purity.  For users that require quick turnaround for their product, the Smart Pail can be used with a snap-on lid to increase the ease of use when filling and emptying the product.

The Smart Pail is designed for use with thick viscous products which are traditionally packed in steel or plastic pails such as paints, inks, cosmetic compounds, drywall mud, roof sealants, powders and flakes.

 The Smart Pail is one of many innovative products in flexible packaging technology offered by CDF.  Such innovations have included the Cheer Pack®, Cheertainer® bag-in-box, EZ-Strainer™ inserts for drums and pails and Air-Assist™ IBC liners.

CDF EZ-Strainer used in agricultural & automotive markets

CDF Corporation, the leading manufacturer of drum, pail, and intermediate bulk container liners and flexible packaging solutions, introduced its EZ-Strainer™ insert for 55-gallon drums and 5-gallon pails into the agricultural and automotive markets.

The newly tested strainer, which allows for more efficient production and reduced customer cost by improving filtering techniques in a time-efficient manner, has been successfully used throughout industry and manufacturing  sectors, but new testing has revealed potential benefits for agricultural and automotive machinery and equipment.

“The EZ-Strainer’s dynamic use fits in all industries and is one of the most innovative products we have developed,” said Vice President of Manufacturing Wayne Morgan. “We are excited about the possibilities of entering new markets; we believe customers throughout the automotive and agricultural markets will be truly impressed.”

The revolutionary EZ-Strainer filters unwanted particles from valuable liquid products.  A patented lip design allows the EZ-Strainer to simply hang from the top of any open-headed 55-gallon drum or 5-gallon pail without the chance of being pulled inside, even with heavy, viscous products.  The EZ-Strainer can be used in those industries mixing liquid products such as inks, paints and urethanes, and for printing purposes.  New testing has targeted the agricultural and automotive markets for use many uses, from filtering maple syrup and other liquid products to filtering oils and fluids for heavy equipment, such as tractors, production machinery, and vehicles.  The EZ-Strainer is currently being used in successful bio-diesel programs around the country.

“We have been continually impressed by the EZ-Strainer,” said President and Founder of Utah Biodiesel Supply Graydon Blair.  “Its durability and ease of use are impressive – it has held up extremely well and we have seen no evidence of tears or other strength defects.”

The EZ-Strainer insert is molded from high molecular weight high-density polyethylene with a center screen that is available in 100 ultra-fine nylon or 200, 400 and 600 multi-element mesh (fine, medium or coarse).  EZ-Strainer inserts are ideal for removing particles from food, paints, coatings, silicone, ink and any other liquid product that needs to be debris free.  The product can be inserted into 55-gallon drums or 5-gallon pails.