Plastic Pail Manufacturers and Suppliers

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  • Cranbury, NJ 800-260-3786

    For over 60 years, Rahway Steel Drum Company has been a reliable supplier of 55 gallon drums and drum services. We supply containers from 1 quart to 330 gallons in quantities from 1 to over 100,000. Our drums hold petroleum, chemicals, paint food products and more. There are no limits to what the Rahway Steel Drum family of companies can provide. Contact us for more information.

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  • Venice, IL 800-366-5098

    Container Distributors, Inc. is your one source for 55 gallon drums. With specializing in containers for environmental hazardous waste and material disposal for over 65 years, we pride ourselves on our knowledgeable customer service staff, timely deliveries, and wide range of in-stock items. We at Container Distributors, Inc look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Chicago, IL 800-760-3786

    Jakacki Bag & Barrel is the largest nationwide dealer for 55 gallon drums. Since 1942, we have sold 55 gallon drums of all assortments. We emphasize high quality customer service & are dedicated to our drums. In addition to our drums, Jakacki Bag & Barrel offers an environmentally friendly drum disposal service. Contact us for more information on how we can help you with your barrel & drum needs.

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  • Guilford, CT 203-458-6006

    We offer a variety of plastic and steel pails and drums to meet any need. Available in a variety of colors our 55 gallon drums are sure to satisfy and offer a long lasting value. Our skilled technicians will work with you to come up with a custom product that will fit your unique specifications. To learn more about what we may be able to do for you get in touch with our customer service representatives today for more information!

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  • Oak Brook, IL 630-203-4100

    Mauser has over a century of experience providing quality plastic and metal drums and IBC's. We offer a wide selection of open head and tight head drums from 15 to 65 gallons, and IBC's from 160 to 330 gallons. Call Mauser for your Industrial Packaging Solutions!

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  • Cleveland, OH 216-961-0035

    We clean, wash, inspect, and steam out our drums. Every container is UN rated and tested and we are a member of RIPA. We want to be your new premier source for all things 55 gallon drums. We have been in business since 1991 and we put all of our years experience into every encounter we are a part of. Visit our website today to learn more about what we may be able to do for you!

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businessIndustry Information

Plastic Pails

For several thousand years, people searched for easy methods for carrying liquids, seeds, grains, and other small particulate materials. Eventually, the old wood bucket was discovered; this was followed by those made of metal. As useful as those old tools were, they were still cumbersome, inconvenient, and heavy.

The world of buckets and pails took a leap forward in the middle of the first industrial revolution with the discovery of plastics that could be shaped, formed, and configured to produce a wide range of useful products. A major but common outcome of the discovery was the development of the plastic pail.


What is a Plastic Pail?

For most of us, a pail has one shape, which is that of a tall cylinder of two to three feet capable of holding between a gallon or three liters and 13 gallons or 50 liters. They are found in homes, offices, factories, and industrial operations as a means for carrying liquids such as fuel and chemicals or granules such as sand, dirt, and saw dust.

There are a few variations to the common plastic pail; some can even have a top that is sealed and closed. The traditional type of pail has an open top for easy access and a handle in the shape of a half circle made of plastic or metal. This version is flexible and useful for a wide variety of applications and jobs.

The closed head or sealed top version of a plastic pail has a limited but important use as a container for fuels, acids, chemicals, and other liquid substances. They have one or two plug holes for pouring their contents.


How Plastic Pails are Made

The most crucial aspect of a pail is that it can be tightly sealed, so contents do not escape. That particular requirement was hard to achieve with the wooden buckets of ancient times.

The modern and technological method for making pails out of plastic is the use of a process known as blow molding; it is an extremely useful and productive method for molding and shaping plastic. Blow molding begins by melting a polymer resin and blowing it into a two sided die.

The molten plastic, referred to as a parison or preform, has gusts of air forced into it such that it opens into a blown shape and adheres to the walls of the die. In a few seconds, the parison takes the shape and form of a pail as it hardens against the walls of the die. Once the resin is evenly spread, it is allowed to cool before being ejected from the die.

The blow molding process produces thousands of pails per hour that have the exact dimensions and thickness of the original pail design. The replicability of blow molding as well as its ability to produce precise tolerances makes it the perfect method for producing plastic pails.


Materials used to Make Plastic Pails

The most common material used to produce plastic pails is actually a group of materials known as thermoplastics; they are exceptionally durable, pliable, ductile, and resistant to acids, chemicals, and deterioration. Thermoplastics that are most commonly used are polyethylene (PE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polystyrene (PS); they are used for the production of packaging materials.