Most manufacturing industries undergo several stages or processes before the final product is crafted to perfection. In many industrial processes, a tank is very useful to provide storage of liquid or semi-liquid contents used to form this end product. Also called process tanks, storage tanks streamline the various industrial operations employed in pharmaceuticals, chemical, cosmetics, food and beverage, oil and fuel and many more industries.
Apart from storing purposes, process tanks are also used for cooling liquids, blending or mixing different solutions and preparing them for the next process.
Process tanks serve as a general purpose industrial container that have many configurations. These all depend on dimensions, orientation and placement for the tank. The most common materials used to construct process tanks are:
? Fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) - very strong and has excellent corrosion resistance.
? Galvanized steel - cold rolled steel and surface treated with zinc.
? Stainless steel - a metal that highly resists corrosion.
? Steel - ferrous-based metal with a variety of physical properties, and is used as rolled sheet steel.
? Titanium - lightweight but is very strong and are great for extreme temperatures or stresses.
Various Specifications and Options to Consider in Designing Process Tanks
Out of the many specifications involved in designing process tanks, the two most critical parameters are their capacity and dimensions. The capacity of the storage tank is simply the internal volume available for storing materials. Its diameter and length are measured in feet, while its orientation can either be horizontal or vertical. Typically, the placement of process tank can be aboveground or underground, depending on its construction. It also comes in portable models, which can be moved on wheels.
Process tanks can also be constructed with special linings for special processes such as corrosive chemicals. For applications that require higher pressures, double wall tanks are also needed. Other possible options to modify the tank are glass lined or special coatings. Modifications include the use of stoppers and special heating facilities. All these modifications can improve the efficiency of the processes using the tank.
Given these technical considerations, expertise is a must if you are in need of a process tank. Eastman Manufacturing strives to meet all industrial requirements. With more than two decades of experience in process applications, we can give you expert advice and help you design and install the best process solutions. Call us today to learn more!