While many people enjoy the various conveniences of modern life, they probably do not consider the entire processes that went into producing the goods they use daily. An important part of these processes involves storing the materials used to produce and power today’s high-tech gadgets, gizmos, and vehicles. Here are three important types of industrial storage tanks.
Water and Liquid Tanks
Storage tanks with a variety of specialized designs store water and other types of liquids.
- Refined petroleum gasoline
- Diesel fuel
- Used oil
The type or types of tank designs used depend on the type of liquids to be stored. Carefully designed liquid tanks are even used to collect rainwater.
Many advanced products now available are manufactured with chemicals. These potentially volatile substances must be carefully stored. Three favored materials for chemical storage tanks are steel, fiberglass, and polyethylene. The most versatile of these options is polyethylene. It is a reliable material that is also affordable and durable. Clear polyethylene has the added advantage of providing an unobstructed view of the substance inside. This type of advanced plastic material involves sophisticated plastic welding services and designs.
Materials in vapor form also need to be stored. Sometimes complex storage systems are set up so that gaseous materials can be liquefied under pressure before being distributed and sold. Carefully devised designs such as bullet tanks hold these vaporous substances as well as volatile liquefied gases including ammonia and butane. The type of design used depends on the substance, and the tanks must be meticulously manufactured and regularly inspected to avoid leaks and failures that could cause disasters.
Storing Tomorrow’s Goods
The raw materials used to make the many items today’s consumers buy must be carefully stored. Many types of tanks have been developed to hold various types of substances ranging from water to volatile gases and chemicals. Reliable storage is important, because those raw materials will be transformed into goods filling store shelves.