The innovative OF1040-2 Foldable Plastic IBC revolution
May 30, 2023

The innovative OF1040-2 Foldable Plastic IBC revolution

The Schematic OF1040-2 is a foldable plastic liquid Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) which dramatically reduces costs in comparison with alternative intermediate bulk container systems that use drums, steel IBCs or even similar plastic foldable IBCs products.

The foldable bag-in-box container concept simplifies handling throughout the logistics process and, as OF1040-2 is returnable and reusable, substantially reduces the use of packaging materials compared to one trip IBC solutions. This 'reusable element' is a key principle of the Schematic Sustainability Program.

OF1040-2 is produced using innovative manufacturing technologies which create an IBC that is super strong, extremely robust and easy to handle.

OF1040-2 is offered in an international standard size. Many customers need to transport products from one country to another. By adopting the international footprint size of 1200mm x 1000mm the OF1040-2 enables the efficient movement of product between countries and continents. Furthermore, it is easily used across ALL Intermodal transportation methods. In summary, the International standard sizing of the OF 1040-2 enables simple compatibility and ease of transfers ensuring it can be used in every corner of India and of the world.

The folding Ratio of 3.5:1 means that the OF1040 has the highest folding ratio of any IBC currently on the market in its class. The folding rate is a very important attribute of a foldable container. It decides how much space can be saved in a warehouse or truck when the container is folded. Space is closely related to cost.  For a 2.6m standard trailer, it can take 182 pieces of the OF1040-2 IBC but only 130 pieces of other IBCs. For a 3m mega road train, it can take 240 pieces of the OF1040-2 IBC but only 180 pieces of other IBCs. This huge improvement will lead to direct cost savings within the liquid industry supply chain. With reduced costs comes increased competitiveness for our clients operating in the international marketplace.

The OF1040-2 is probably the smartest reusable, folding container in the world as it comes with an in-built brain allowing it to perform complex maths and puzzles..... only kidding! But, the Schematic OF1040-2 IBC has MANY innovative and intelligently designed features that create real client value-adding.

The little features in life, often make a big operational difference, exemplified as the IBC has an embossed a litre level gauge on the inside of the back panel to show liquid level, and the ‘ear’ slots on the top of the wall panels allow the use of a bag roller.


The lid of an IBC plays an important role in protecting the liner and also preventing excess movement of the liner contents during transportation. Conventional IBC lids are heavy and difficult to use and often require two people to operate. The OF1040-2 has addressed this issue with the hanging lid system which allows the lid to be easily opened and closed by one person. There is also the added advantage of not having to find somewhere to store the lid when the IBC is opened as it conveniently hangs on the back wall of the IBC.

The lid has also been designed with self locking handles. To close the lid the operator only needs to press down on the lid and the locks will engage automatically.

Furthermore, there are hand hold areas on the lid which allow the operator to easily fit the lid onto the IBC without struggle or effort. Other lid innovations include;

- A full set of instructions of how to fold and unfold the IBC and how to operate the lid have been moulded onto the lid surface.

- A tamper evident clip with unique security number can be placed over the handles keeping the contents of the IBC safe.

- The lid has been designed to automatically drain off an excess liquid.


The OF1040-2 has a double smooth base design, more hygienic and stronger than single smooth base. Furthermore;

- The base also has a three skids base with steel reinforcement to increase strength.

- It has anti-slip rubber on the base keep the container from slipping on the forklift tynes (tines).

- The pallet base design has stainless re-enforced blocks feet and 4 corner feet to reduce the potential damage from a Fork Lift Truck (FLT).

- The stainless steel pallet foot protectors will need to be sealed so that there can be no risk of contamination behind them.

- The base can be equipped with RFID in the opposing feet of the unit to help track the movement of product.

- The base slopes from the back of the unit towards the sump so that any excess liquid will automatically escape out of the drainage holes positioned in the bottom of the sump. This function ensures rain or any other liquid does not get trapped in the base of the IBC.

- The base allows the use of specially designed HBB (Heater Base Boards). HBB’s can remain inside the IBC even when the container is folded. A specially designed cavity allows for the power cord of the HBB to go through the wall of the IBC.


The OF 1040-2 also has a very generous sump space allowing for easy valve handle application.

The sump cover will attach to the IBC wall panel when open, through the use of a magnetic device and it will return to its original closed position automatically when the panels are folded.

The Sump cover also has a tamper evidence (TE) function. A TE clip with security number can be attached when the sump is locked.


Non-sequential folding allows for quick and easy assembly and collapsing. A patented and robust hinge design enables easy installation and removal of the wall panels without the use of any special tools.

The side panels are reinforced by metal tubes. All panels are double smooth, hygienic and durable.

The long side panels of the IBC have an anti-collapsing device that holds the wall in place to protect the worker. and an easily manoeuvrable, reinforced drop door. All steps associated with opening and closings are quick and easy and the Drop door allows the liners to be easily installed.


Optional, specifically positioned sight glasses allow the user to quickly identify the liquid level in the container.  

For further information on the foldable IBC, OF1040-2 please click here, or contact your nearest Schematic Sales representative.

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