10 January 2024

Does a 1000L Jacky Bin Hold 1000kg of Product?

The Difference Between Volume and Capacity when it comes to our JACKY® Bins.

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Volume verses capacity with Jacky Bins

Have you ever wondered why a container with a 1000L capacity might not necessarily hold 1000kg of product?

There is an explainable reason behind this question and hopefully, this article can help clarify any questions you may have. We will elaborate on the concept of bulk density as it’s especially important in the agricultural industry. Those who are involved in storage solutions need to understand the concept of not exceeding the weight or capacity of any given container.

Bulk density is the mass of a substance per unit volume. At Orion Australia, our JACKY® Bins are designed to accommodate various products, including grains, pellets, and fertilisers, each having different bulk densities compared to that of fresh water.

We did an experiment recently to help our customers understand this concept, so they can easily select the right container size for their needs.

For our experiment we filled a small container with a one-litre capacity with fresh water, noting that water has a mass of 1kg.

Consequently, while the 1000L JACKY® Bin could indeed hold a tonne of water, its capacity diminishes when dealing with lighter products.

The Solution? We offer other product options in our range for those wanting to hold the 1 tonne of product.

For optimal storage of lower-density products, we recommend considering a JACKY® Bin with a minimum capacity of 1600L. Normally, our 1730 L is the bin of choice. This is a low-profile bin, a practical choice with its easy-to-manoeuvre design and overall height of only 1920mm.