Bins | Custom Powder Systems

Bins and Bin Systems are the industry standard for powder handling and processing applications where close containment is required. Custom Powder Systems will custom design to meet your specific requirements.


  • Close containment
  • Ease of cleaning
  • Off-line storage and testing
  • Quick batch changeover
  • Repeatable, homogenous blending
  • Modular design for ease of transport and versatility

Custom Powder Bin Standards


  • Basic design meets cGMP guidelines and or UN codes.
  • Drop, vibration, lifting and pressure tests available
  • Hopper design angles 30 to 70 degrees
  • Clam shell, 4 Panel or Round hopper body


  • Hopper Bottom – enclosed, exposed or open top, pharma or standard
  • Side Door – cropped or false corner
  • Cone Top – enclosed or exposed


  • Aluminum 5052-H32
  • Stainless 304L
  • Stainless 316L
  • Special Alloys

Material Finish

  • 2B/Mill
  • Custom polished 10 to 35 RA
  • Electro polish

Weld Finish

  • Strip Buff
  • 10-35 RA Grind Flush and blended
  • 35 RA Grind Smooth or flush
  • 35 RA Strip Grind Smooth

Lid Closure Styles

  • Leverlock 18 or 22.5”
  • Snap In 9 or 12”
  • Bolted
  • Pinned

Other Options

  • Material Thickness
  • Valve size and type
  • Blender Clamp Bars
  • Fork Channels
  • Bottom Corners
  • Leg Style
  • Casters
  • Stacking Features
  • Pallet Jack Guides
  • MTR Package
  • Data Tags
  • Spare Parts

History of the IBC

The original IBC was made from plywood in 1937 for the storage and handling of flour for the milling industry. After WWII the Seattle area originators formed a partnership with Beatrice Steel Tank in Nebraska. The first metal containers were made from aluminum in 1948. The side door design allowed for the discharge of almost any powder including those with poor flow characteristics.

A pivoted hopper discharge was designed to match the bin’s door area and was used for 2-3 years until a new tilting discharge hopper design improved the sealing and dust control. The tilting discharge or stationary hopper was used for many years and worked very well until the bins became dented and worn making them hard to seal.

Bottom discharge units were also designed using a transition hopper from the rectangular body down to a discharge valve. This design virtually eliminated the problem of dust control and allowed for the discharge to close against the flow of product.