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Will Your Chemical Storage Tank Resist Environmental Stress Cracking?

Environmental stress cracking occurs when microscopic cracks form in polyethylene tanks as a result of storing aggressive chemicals. Over time, these imperceptible cracks combine to form larger cracks, which can lead to leaks or even tank failure. If cracks occur, it’s recommended that you replace the polyethylene tank.

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Topics: Value Added, Tank Design and Materials



Is Your Storage Tank Properly Designed for Your Chemical’s Temperature?

When designing your chemical storage tank, it’s vital to consider the chemical you’re storing before any other factor. This information allows the manufacturer to determine what material to use, what types of fittings and accessories are needed, and whether or not the tank needs an antioxidant system or other special considerations.

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Topics: Tank Design and Materials



What’s the Best Full-Drain Tank on the Market?

If you aren’t completely draining your chemical storage tanks, then you aren’t properly storing chemicals. Regular tank maintenance and cleaning schedules must include a full drain of your chemical tanks. Otherwise, you risk contaminating new batches.

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Topics: Tank Design and Materials



Polyethylene vs. Steel Storage Tanks: What's the best choice?

When it comes to choosing a chemical storage solution, you won’t find a more aesthetic option than stainless steel tanks. Steel tanks are popular in breweries and other applications where they’re on public display. The tanks look shiny and clean, and they contribute to the interior design of the space. Steel tanks also have a reputation for being one of the most reliable chemical storage systems on the market.

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Topics: Tank Design and Materials



6 Differences Between Crosslinked Polyethylene and FRP Tanks

Purchasing a high-quality chemical storage tank is a significant investment for your company, and choosing the right tank for your needs isn’t always an easy decision. If you’re deciding between a fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) tank and polyethylene tank, be sure you understand the differences between them and know what to expect in terms of cost, maintenance, service, and protection.

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Topics: Tank Design and Materials



The Science Behind Rotomolding & Manufacturing Stronger Tanks

Cross-linked polyethylene tanks withstand greater pressure, in part because of the rotational molding manufacturing process. Rotational molding is by far the best process to create a cross-linked polyethylene chemical storage tank.

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Topics: Value Added, Tank Design and Materials



How to Keep Your Chemicals Cool When the Heat Is On

With some chemicals, it’s critical to keep them cool because they will lose their concentration when they heat up. Sodium Hypochlorite is a prime example of that. As it heats up, it starts to lose its strength, and it begins to release gas and free radicals. Its strength can diminish dramatically with heat and UV.

So it’s important to keep the chemical as cool as possible from the moment it arrives at your facility. Other chemicals are similar—if they become too warm, they won’t perform as well as you need them to.

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Topics: Installation and Service, Tank Design and Materials



What You Don’t Know About Surfactants Can Hurt You

Surfactants are the corn syrup of the chemical world—they’re in all kinds of products you’d never expect. Most people know that surfactants are an active ingredient in detergents, but you can also find them in a wide range of cleaning products, wetting agents, emulsifiers (including motor oil), foaming agents or dispersants.

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Topics: Tank Design and Materials, Chemical Storage



Are Stainless Steel Tanks the Best Choice to Store Caustic Soda Outdoors?

Sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as caustic soda or lye, is a common inorganic compound that is typically used as a strong chemical base.

In liquid form, caustic soda becomes “slippery” and tends to find weak points in storage containers, and fittings, and eventually create drips and leaks.

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Topics: Tank Design and Materials, Chemical Storage



There Is A Better Full-Drain Solution Than A Cone-Bottom Tank

When it comes to fully draining a tank, cone-bottom tanks get the job done—except when they don’t. The fact is, cone-bottom tanks fall short on several fronts. Cleaning cone-bottom tanks creates unique challenges, they require additional vertical space and safety precautions, and they can cost a pretty penny.

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So, how do you get all the benefits of a cone-bottom tank without the high maintenance or the hefty price tag?

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Topics: Tank Design and Materials