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#1 stephanefumi

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 03:12 PM

Hello,

 

We are moving Metal Food Grade drums and sometime during transportation some drums shift a bit that can cause some dent and create some little hole. Since we move liquid product there some leaking.

 

Do you have any suggestion of product that can we can use to make a temporary repair to stop the leak? I was thinking some sort of patch, food grade tape,....

 

I'm looking for product that we can buy in United States that are FDA Approved.

 

Thanks in advance for your help



#2 Scampi

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 03:38 PM

Why the switch to metal drums?  Aren't the plastic ones sturdier?

 

Do you know exactly what the drums are made of?  And if it's leaking, that means bacteria can enter through the hole


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Posted 25 May 2018 - 05:08 PM

The problem is that our industry works with metal drums and plastic is not an option unfortunately. I forgot to mention that our product is raw so will be processed further prior reaching consumers. The HACCP Plan include a CCP for bacteria testing.



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Posted 25 May 2018 - 05:27 PM

i really think soldering them is you're only solution here

 

I found this, but don't know if it's food grade or not

 

 

Plug N 'Dike

store.spill-kit.com/plug-n-dike-p42.aspx


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Posted 25 May 2018 - 06:21 PM

Are you saying that your finished product is shipped in metal drums, or one of your raw materials has the metal drums? If it's your finished product, then I'm imagining your CCP would be prior to shipment, which would do you no good since like Scampi said, you have risk of bacterial contamination when the container is compromised. 



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Posted 25 May 2018 - 06:29 PM

It's my raw material that is ship in Metal drum. The testing CCP's are done at the reception of Raw material at my customer that will produce the finish product.

 

My problem of leaking is prior delivering the raw material to my customer. I just need an emergency repair solution just to deliver my product to my customer (after a successful risk assessment of contamination due to damage).

 

Just want to find something to stop a leak for a temporary solution.



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Posted 25 May 2018 - 07:27 PM

now i have to ask, what is it that you can't use plastic (don't give away proprietary info of course)

 

Are you are saying that YOUR finished good that you ship to your customers is leaking on route?  Meaning you make the liquid as a raw material and ship it out to customers?

 

If that is the case you need to reevaluate the metal drum and/or find another way to ship them to prevent damage. You have a much larger problem here than you realize me thinks  AND you really should dispose of the drum or at least decant into a undamaged one.

If you were my supplier I would reject your materials at the door for damaged packaging

 

Please clarify if i have this backwards and my apologies


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#8 FurFarmandFork

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Posted 25 May 2018 - 07:58 PM

I think Scampi hit the solution right there. Get another empty clean drum and empty the contents of the leaking one into it.

 

The drum got dented, if this is an inconvenience find a way to protect them better as a preventive action, don't look for easier ways to correct the symptom.


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