GlobalSpec has asked its users about the latest design trends and features related to Storage Tanks and Process Tanks. They have also shared their product applications and tips on how to buy and use these products.
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Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
19 answers
Answers:
Molded in Full Drain Outlet to facilitate tank clean-out and control of off-gassing issues. Molded in Outlets eliminate the need for side manways and minimizes personnel entry needs into the tank. Chemical Specific NSF61 rating on the tank material. Use of chemical barrier resins for storing heavy oxidizers.
~Jim G, Manufacturer, Denver, CO
Safe life - 25yrs easy to maintain(take out of serive) provided recommended maintenance procedure with provisions for additional features( HLA, ATG etc)
~Washalla B, Engineer, Mombasa, Kenya
I would wish that many more clients would place their orders with us. This company would be the Leaders in storage tanks manufacturers list.
~Raji M, Manufacturer, Sharjah, UAE
FRP or plastic low pressure (below 100 psi) tanks Pre-engineered (instrumentation and accessories included) tanks
~Hugh B, Engineering Consultant, Montreal, Canada
Better pressure/vacuum protection. Something innovative with regards to "sink proofing" floating roofs.
~Engineering, Design, Magalia, CA
NSF Certified for Drinking Water longevity easy installation and connection to existing system
~Andrew J, Volunteer water system operator, Toronto, Canada
Real time, user friendly, exact and comprehensive level and volumetric measurement system.
~Adrian V, Project Manager, Ploiesti, Romania
Ships flat and is site-built, low cost, easy to maintain and repair
~Jack H, General Management, League City, TX
Multi purpose and versatile rubber bladders inserted tanks
~Chetan K, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Vacuum pressure resistance Positive pressure resistance
~Edgardo T, Project Manager, Cartagena, Colombia
Carbon composit reinforced steal with sunken valve stems
~Other, Oceanport, NJ
Meet all SPCC requirement, affordable and transportable
~Schatzi Ludwig, General Management, Pine Plains, NY
Durable, corrosion resistant and not expensive.
~Bernardo P, Production Engineer, Vale de Cambra, Portugal
Corrosion proof with built in level indicator.
~Technical Support/Services, Reserve, LA
Total automated loading and handling system.
~Marketing/Sales, Centurion, South Africa
Installed gas/atmosphere detection/testing
~Technical Support/Services, Shelocta, PA
Air transportability, foldable rigid tank
~Esham Salam, Engineer, PJ, MALAYSIA
No wishes here...
~Jorge Luis A, Builder/Contractor, La Paz, Mexico
E- TANK SOFTWARE,
~GUSTAVO RICO, Engineer, MONTERREY, MEXICO

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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of storage tanks and process tanks?
13 answers
Answers:
Fiberglass tanks are a popular choice for corrosive applications. Note that basis for design in this material has had little change over the last 30 years. Polyethylene options as a material provides leading edge solutions on chemical storage for corrosives, particular with heavy oxidizers. When comparing polyethylene material, note there are differences in resin type. HDPE is designed for less critical applications (i.e, water tanks), while Crosslink Polyethylene (HDXLPE) is designed for Corrosive Applications.
~Jim G, Manufacturer, Denver, CO
We have seen that many of the customers want tanks at cheap rates and hence they place orders with inexperienced and ill-equipped companies, who use non-standard materials and bring down the cost and put the end user in trouble. Hence please check all the materials used are on the approved list and recommended.
~Raji M, Manufacturer, Sharjah, UAE
Sort expert opinion before selecting tank for use. Where possible seek info from other users especially on the problems they have encountered to ensure in your selection you have the known shared issues cleared or clarified to you before procurement.
~Washalla B, Engineer, Mombasa, Kenya
When using a tank, please always calibrate on time. Never operate a process tank to the maximum capacity, never. Do not leave a reactor running without the input valve being open. Always call for trouble shooting on time.
~Ini D, Oil field chemist, PortHarcourt., Nigeria
Design your manways no smaller than 24", 30" is even better (ease of maintenance and easier emergency rescue access in confined space) Design overflow adequately and route to safe location Plan on tank drainage
~Hugh B, Engineering Consultant, Montreal, Canada
A. you can rent tanks instead of buying or building b. tanks need to be properly rated and certified c. Pollution, spillage are costly d. tank and product need to be compatible
~Esham Salam, Engineer, PJ, MALAYSIA
Check certifications, be aware of confined space safety requirements, check chemical compatibility
~Jack H, General Management, League City, TX
Check references of your tank supplier with the products you need to store.
~Doug B, Tank Manufacturers representative, Delta, Canada
Yes READ instructions of installations, do nto be affraid to ask for help.
~Jorge Luis A, Builder/Contractor, La Paz, Mexico
Trying to cut corners by purchasing non compliant reservoirs.
~E O, Technical Support, Montreal, Canada
Ask for the suitable material to the tank function.
~Bernardo P, Production Engineer, Vale de Cambra, Portugal
Use correct technical guidance
~Chetan K, Manufacturer, Mumbai, India
Don't build cheap.
~Adrian V, Project Manager, Ploiesti, Romania

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