IBC Totes Houston Texas – how many can I fit on a trailer?

We get bombarded with questions like everyday so what a better place than to post it on the blog.  New or used IBC totes, it makes no difference; the same number of IBC totes will fit on a trailer if you are considering a purchase.

So, the question again:

How many empty stainless steel IBCs will fit on a trailer?

350 gallon IBCs – 48 in a standard 48′ trailer

350 gallon IBCs – 52 in a standard 53′ trailer

550 gallon IBCs – 24 in a standard 48′ trailer

550 gallon IBCs – 26 in a standard 53′ trailer

The second most asked question we get is:

What is the heaviest product that I can put inside a new or used IBC tote?-

Tricky question but generally speaking, and I mean generally speaking.  You will find a lot of used IBC Totes rated for up to 1.9 Specific gravity, that means a capacity of up to 15 lbs per gallon.

So there you have it, we will try to do more flash blog posts like this, hoping to help you find the answers you are looking for.

Do you have a question? Or need to get in touch with a member of our team, contact us now.

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Diesel Exhaust Fluid – Understanding IBC’s closed loop system II

Ok so we are going to wrap up the diesel exhaust fluid closed loop systems with this entry by highlighting this question:  What do I need to refill a DEF tote on location?

Our recommendation will always be to stick with Micromatic’s closed loop systems for DEF.

So, now you understand the basics for a one way tote (from our previous entry) with a closed loop system, let’s talk about how to refill that same tote over and over again; which would be a great savings over time, don’t you agree?

Now, a DEF closed loop systems is important for the following reasons:


If Not Handled Properly…

  • Detrimentally Affects SCR Performance
  • Will Void Vehicle Warranties
  • Causes Premature Catalyst Deactivation
  • Fouling of Pre-filters & Injector Nozzles

def-closed1 The next illustration shows the RSV (Reusable Stainless Valve) System. This is a great system for onsite refilling, so let’s see how it works.




























1. SS Fill Head Coupler- Closed, Sealed & Secure– Spring actuated and self-closing upon disconnect keeps product contained within the dispense hose, eliminating any chance of spills. Dry Disconnect – Less than 2 milliliters.  Reusable, Durable Stainless Steel Construction. Part#744-026

This is the part that you need on your refilling system, the tank or totes that you are carrying around to refill your customers.  You will need to remove the existing coupler on the customer’s tote and take this fill head coupler and secure it on the IBC. Your hose will run from your delivery truck to the IBC to start refilling.  And remember, your delivery hose (re-fill) will have the fill head coupler; part#744-026

2. SS dispense coupler-Closed, Sealed & Secure
Spring actuated and self-closing upon disconnect keeps
product contained within the dispense hose, eliminating any chance of spills. Part#744-048

Once you know you will be servicing a customer on site, this is the coupler that you will need to have on the IBC tote.

3 & 4. We can skid these two for now.

5. Container valve– Closed, Sealed & Secure
Self-closing upon disconnect, prevents unauthorized
access to the product in the container. Part#743-097

6. Skip for now

7.Downtube– Part#743-236/1245 (for a 330 gal tote)

That is what you need to do onsite refilling; and if you have any other questions; come by our warehouse we will be happy to demonstrate with one of our totes.

We have these Micromatic parts in stock here in Houston.  Call us for more details at 281-377-5845 or email us for equipment information.


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Diesel Exhaust Fluid- Understanding IBC’s with closed loop systems I

Hi folks-  we have been on the streets of Houston quiet a bit this past couple of weeks, talking Diesel Exhaust Fluid, right here in our back yard.

What we have found is the continuous confusion about dispensing from closed loop systems. Now, our job here is to help you and our distributor network understand these options; so we felt it was important to reharsh this concept once again.

Our previous post dealt with what you have available as far as distribution channels. One way IBC totes, returnable/refillable, on site refilling, at a glance.

Why don’t we dig in a little deeper on the handling and dispensing of Diesel Exhaust Fluid with a closed loop systems.

What is a DEF closed loop system? Micromatic is the system that we use, it is now company policy that only closed loop systems are being sold with either drums or IBC totes. The pictures below will illustrate the diesel exhaust fluid closed loop system.

Ok, now what we have a better picture of what that system is.  The following question came up: What do I need to make this system work for me on one way totes and refilling totes on site?

So, let’s take the first half of the question on one way DEF IBC Totes.

Say you are ready to serve one of your customer with an order of 330 gallons of Diesel Exhaust Fluid in an IBC Tote package.  How are you going to create a closed loop system when that tote will eventually be swapped out for a new one?

Starting from the top and working down into the IBC tote, here is what you need: 1) SS coupler, 2) container valve (economical) 3)down tube (275 gal or 330 gal).

From the SS coupler, you will need to clamp your EPDM hose for your pump.  We have these Micromatic parts in stock here in Houston, as well as the diesel exhaust fluid pump dispensers. Call us for more details at 281-377-5845 or email us for equipment information.





1 – Part #756-008B

755-003diesel exhaust fluid houston texas

2- Part# 755-003

macromatic closed loop systems for DEF






3- Part#755-641/1245 g


When the DEF fluid is all used up, you can reuse the coupler on the new IBC coming in already filled with DEF.

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The second part of the question deals with servicing your customers by providing on location re-filling.  In other words, reuse the same tote by refilling on site.  We will discuss this in detail on the next blog entry.

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Intermediate Bulk Container or IBC Totes- Houston Texas. Reloaded..

Hi folks- you already know based on our writing style that we tend to be a little different in the way we approach our business and certainly in the way we treat our customers. With that being said, the inquiries about IBC Totes here in Houston have started coming in so let’s talk about what you need to know before you make your purchase.  Transliquid Technologies offers limited used stainless steel IBC totes for sale since our focus has been on the R&D of not just insulating jackets but also built in heating coils for your IBC totes.

However, it is important for you to know the details before you make your purchase.

First of all, we are discussing the standard IBC totes such as the 350 gallon an 550 gallon totes.  We are not discussing the blow molded plastic IBC totes, nothing wrong with them, just simply not the type of IBC we are referring to here.  So, this is the standard 304 Stainless Steel Intermediate Bulk Container.










Sometime back there was a flood of chinese totes that had entered the market. Now I am not going to write towards or against chinese totes, you may already have your own opinion on the matter but this entry will not be about that.  However, you need to know what you are purchasing.

Chinese totes are typically a little thinner gauge material, but fully meeting the industry standard and specification of the American made totes.  So, if you are buying used totes; make sure you ask who the manufacturer is, if that is important to you. Remember, all that we are doing here is giving you the information, what you do with it is up to you.

Second, most used IBC totes will be sold with the label “in-test”.  But wait, what does that mean to you? Be careful because “In test” could mean that you only have a week, a month, 6 months, etc.. until the tote needs to be re certified.  Yes, if you are using these totes for transport, it is your responsibility to have them in test and certified for transport. Now, re certifying is not a big deal, all you need is to purchase a kit and you can do it yourself.  The point is, no surprises. Learn the facts, ask the right questions, and make the right purchase.

Last, try to get a visual representation of what the totes looks like. Now, just to help you remember here, we are talking about ‘used’ IBC Totes.  You cannot imagine the number of times I came across stories of company ‘X’ selling a used tote to a customer that showed up so banged up, it looked like it had falling off the truck.  If you are a company, and looking to make a purchase for your own inventory, the samething applies so try to minimize the surprises. Some people will care and some people will not care about about the cosmetics of the used IBC tote.  But just know the facts.

You got questions, we are here to help. Call us or send us an email.


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Transliquid Technologies – not only thinking different, but doing business different.  Call us today at 281-377-5845