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Crosslinked Polyethylene Storage Solutions For Your Industry: Part 1

Poly Processing tanks are used for water and wastewater treatment applications, but are also found in dozens of industries nationwide. We’re able to work with a wide variety of businesses and organizations that use chemicals to produce goods and products. 

Crosslinked Polyethylene Storage Solutions For Your Industry Part 1

This is the first in a series of articles over the next several months that will feature the markets we serve. The Marekts We serve list can be found at https://www.polyprocessing.com/about/markets-we-serve/. In this article, we highlight 4 industries that Poly Processing provides solutions for. The industries are:

  • Agriculture

  • Beer and Wine

  • Brine

  • Clean-in-place



Poly Processing’s tanks are frequently used in the agricultural industry to store and transport liquid fertilizer chemicals, water, and other agricultural chemicals such as pest control applications. Our horizontal tanks are popular, because they provide three valuable benefits:

  • Cross-linked polyethylene horizontal storage tanks are lightweight yet incredibly robust and impact-resistant, which is especially ideal if you’re moving the tank often.
  • Horizontal tanks eliminate concerns about height restrictions in confined spaces.
  • Horizontal tanks are most often the preferred choice for smaller applicator tanks because they are transported often. 

Horizontal tanks tend to be smaller tanks, which means that they can be mounted and moved easily. In the agricultural world, you can find horizontal tanks mounted on trailers, skids, trucks, or tractors for transportation to the site where the application is required. In addition, they might be mounted on specialty equipment in the field or at a facility.

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Beer and Wine

Traditionally, breweries use stainless steel for all components of beer making, including wastewater treatment and storing raw materials. While steel tanks are best for pressurized situations, crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) tanks are a good choice pre- and post-production.

Why are breweries and wineries choosing polyethylene storage tanks pre- and post-production?

  • Financial cost. On average, polyethylene tanks cost 80% less than comparable stainless steel tanks.
  • Portability. Polyethylene tanks are lighter and easier to move. If you plan to scale, XLPE tanks won’t get in your way or slow you down. Cross-linked polyethylene tanks are an ideal solution for transporting grapes in gondolas.
  • Rapid delivery. Polyethylene tanks can usually be ordered and delivered within 3-4 weeks. If you order a stainless steel tank, you could be waiting for several months.
  • Scalability. Polyethylene tanks are available in a variety of sizes, from 30-gallon to 15,500-gallon tanks. As your business grows, you can easily order the next size tank you need and have it quickly delivered. Lower overhead, lower costs, and quicker delivery fit a cost-effective business model.

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While Poly Processing’s core business is chemical storage, we apply the same stringent demands for quality construction and fittings to our beer and wine tanks. Our airtight lids and thick durable tank walls give you a cost-effective aging wine tank storage solution for unoaked chardonnay and red wines. After production, they’re a reliable solution for wastewater treatment.

For more information on storing wine, and storage tank recommendations, download our Wine Storage System Guide.

Brine Storage

Sodium chloride brine solutions consist of a specific amount of salt and water mixed together. To store brine properly, you must have the right type of storage tank that can prevent freezing, provide ventilation that contains salt dust, and maintain sufficient levels of water and salt so that the brine is consistently the correct concentration.

Compared to other storage options, cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) storage tanks are more cost effective, offer fast production time, come with a longer warranty, and are less prone to damage. 

Poly Processing tanks rise to all the challenges of storing and maintaining brine solutions:

  • Proper ventilation — Salt dust can be extremely damaging to surrounding equipment and materials. Our XLPE tanks can provide ventilation dust bags that contain the dust while allowing the tank to breathe.
  • Brine collection — Maintaining the proper water level within the tank to deliver the required brine solution is critical. An electronic sensor and an automated water inlet valve monitor the water, salt, and brine levels.
  • Access for tank cleaning — Poly Processing can design tanks with side manways to make cleaning easy.
  • Freeze Protection — A Heat-Loss Prevention System of heating pads, insulation, and a controller maintains the ambient temperature of the brine solution in cooler climates.

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Cleaning Agents/Clean-in-Place

Clean-in-place (CIP) systems are becoming more and more popular in the food manufacturing industry. Detergents and surfactants, like caustic soda, are particularly corrosive and Poly Processing company understands this. We design our crosslikned tanks with the chemical to be stored. A XLPE tank help extend the life of the tank and  in most cases avoids cracking and breakdown of tank materials that could lead to a potential leak. Crosslinked tanks are inherently stronger, and withstand the damaging effects of surfactants.

Poly Processing offers several storage solutions that are ideal for storing CIP chemicals:

  • Full-drain IMFO Tank®. The IMFO Tank is a true, 100 percent full-drain tank, because the outlet flange is molded below the two-inch knuckle radius. No other vertical tank features an outlet flange below the knuckle radius. With the IMFO, the outlet flange is guaranteed leak-free, because it’s molded into the wall, not attached after production.
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  • OR-1000™ System. Storing ultra-high purity cleaning chemicals often requires an interior surface that resists bacteria growth. Poly Processing’s OR-1000 System adds an antioxidizing interior barrier between the chemical and the crosslinked polyethylene. The OR-1000 system is bonded to the crosslinked polyethylene during the manufacturing process, creating a seamless, covalent bond that will last the entire life of the tank. The OR-1000 system is all about extending the life of the tank and giving the user greater useful life.

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  • SAFE-Tank®. The SAFE-Tank is a tank-within-a-tank (or double-wall) tank that allows you to keep an acid tank and a base tank in the same area without the risk of contamination. Any leaking or spilling is safely contained within an interstitial area of the  double wall. 

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Have questions about polyethylene storage tanks in one of these industries? Contact a chemical storage tank specialist today.

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Topics: Applications, Tank Design and Materials, Chemical Storage