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This type of steel has carbon as the primary alloying constituent, and metal’s characteristics are determined by its carbon levels. Similar in composition to carbon steel, stainless steel offers the addition of chromium, typically in amounts of about 10.5 – 11%. Lastly, cold rolled steel does not refer to the composition but the process the steel has undergone. Read More…

Steel Drums Steel is a popular industrial drum construction material. Carbon steel is also referred to as plain steel, as it is the norm.
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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.

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Rahway Steel Drum Company, Inc. $$$

Venice, IL  |  800-366-5098

Container Distributors, Inc. is your one source for 55 gallon drums. We pride ourselves on our knowledgeable customer service staff, timely deliveries, and wide range of in-stock items.

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Container Distributors, Inc. $$$

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.

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Jakacki Bag & Barrel, Inc. $$$

Richfield, WI  |  262-250-7566

For over 100 years, Illing Company has been recognized as a leader in the container distribution industry. Illing’s mission is to deliver the right product at the right time to satisfy our customers’ requirements. It is our belief that in maintaining a vast inventory of packaging solutions, we can immediately respond to our customers’ requirements.

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Illing Packaging $$$

Mableton, GA  |  866-681-7048

Established in 1994 we have been a family owned and operated business ever since the beginning. Our staff boasts over eighty-five years of combined field industry experience and they are dedicated to putting all of that experience into each and every encounter that we are a part of in order to exceed customer expectation every time. To learn more about what we may be able to do for you visit our website today!

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Advance Drum Service, Inc. $$$
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Cold rolled steel has been cold hardened, meaning that the steel was rolled at room temperature so as not to change its crystalline structure. The three different types of steel have certain industries and applications for which they are better suited than the others: carbon steel is typically used to handle hazardous chemicals in chemical processing, medical, petroleum and wastewater industries; stainless steel is and FDA approved materials and is thus well-suited for sanitary applications in addition to applications requiring high corrosion resistance in industries such as food and beverage, industrial manufacturing and architecture; and cold rolled steel offers very high tensile strength, and as a result, is ideal for mining and defense industries.

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Steel drums are manufactured through roll forming. As a continuous metal forming process, roll forming is used to roll metal sheets into ring-shapes. The rolling action is actuated by roll forming equipment that are constructed from sequences of calenders, or roller die pairs, positioned above and below the metal sheet. As the sheet moves through the equipment, the rollers bend the steel along the linear axis.

Roll formed parts are most often manufactured at room temperatures, thus making it a cold forming process. After the steel is in the ring-shape, the ends of the ring are joined together through welding to from the drum's body. Next, steel rings are welded onto the body at the base of the drum, a quarter way up from the base, a quarter way from the top and at the top to function as reinforcement.

For different industries, steel drums must be manufactured to certain standards. For industrial manufacturing, steel drums often must meet both United Nations (UN) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, which have fairly strenuous requirements. For the defense industry, steel drums must meet Mil Spec standards, or military specifications. Other standards include Department of Energy (DOE) 7A type A, for the handling of hazardous materials, as is often done in pharmaceutical and chemical processing industries.

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