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4 Reasons You Need A Full Drain Tank System

Proper storage of chemicals involves the ability to completely drain storage tanks of all contained chemicals as part of a regular cleaning routine.

Sometimes, however, draining the tank is easier said than done. Space constraints, incorrect fitting placement, or dealing with hazardous chemicals can all create chemical evacuation challenges.

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Why Plastic Water Tanks Won’t Work For Chemical Storage

Storing chemicals and storing water are two very different propositions. While you may save some money up front by using a water tank to store chemicals, in the long run this decision may end up costing you more than you think. There are a few critical reasons why you shouldn’t use water tanks for chemical storage.

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XLPE Vs. Linear: Manufacturing Costs & Life Expectancy

Those searching for effective chemical storage need long-lasting storage tanks to keep their chemicals and the plant safe, which over time has led to the development of new technology to accomplish this goal. Polyethylene is one of the most common materials found in chemical storage tanks and other kinds of chemical storage containers.

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Custom Built Polyethylene Products: Where Do They Come From?

With all of the uses for polyethylene, there are many companies and plants that need rotationally molded products not currently offered by manufacturers. Thankfully, working with a specialist to build a custom built solution is a viable option in order to manufacture a unique product that meets your exact specifications.

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Repair vs. Replacement: Can You Repair a Polyethylene Tank?

Many of our customers call wanting to know if a tank with a small leak or crack can be effectively repaired, or when replacing the tank is recommended.  Let’s discuss the situations where it’s possible to effectively repair a poly tank, and when a replacement tank is the answer.

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CIP Tanks: Clean-In-Place Chemical Storage Recommendations

Clean, sanitary process equipment is essential in many different industries, including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, brewing, and cosmetics. Clean-in-place, or CIP, is the process of cleaning the interior surfaces of the process equipment without requiring disassembly. The process involves a variety of high purity chemicals and cleaning agent formulas that require a specialized storage tank system.

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Poly Tank Vent Dryers and Desiccant Filter Designs

Bulk stored chemicals can become contaminated from two major sources: dirt or particles, and water or moisture. Maintaining chemical purity is essential in many industrial chemical applications, such as computer chip manufacturing, food processing, clean in place, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. In order to prevent contamination, special accessories like tank vent dryers and desiccant filters may be required.

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What To Know Before Chemical Storage Tank Installation

If you’ve recently purchased a polyethylene chemical storage tank or are planning on purchasing a poly tank, there are several ways to protect your storage solution from the start. To ensure safe, effective operation and a long tank life, we’ve come up with seven guidelines to help you prepare for poly tank installation.

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Pneumatic Filled Storage Tanks - Challenges and Solutions

Typically, bulk chemical storage tanks are filled in three different ways. One option is via mechanical pump. This technique creates minimal or no additional pressure within the storage tank. A second way of filling a tank is via gravity, like in the case of leachate and condensate flowing out of a landfill basin into a storage tank.

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Paint Storage: The Polyethylene Storage Tank Solution

Poly Processing Company has established a close working relationship with a large, international name brand paint manufacturer. In doing so, Poly has developed customized solutions for large bulk storage tanks containing paint ingredients as well as finished paint products.

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Brine Storage Tank Solutions: Material and Manufacturing

Sodium chloride brine is used in a variety of industrial applications. Auto manufacturers, system OEM’s, food processors, municipalities, refineries, hotels, hospitals, commercial laundries, textile dyeing houses, and chemical plants all use brine in their operations.

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Foam Tanks: Meeting the Storage Challenges of Firefighting Foam

Firefighting foam is commonly used, and stored in bulk tanks, at airports and other locations where potentially hazardous fires can occur. The foaming agent used in the firefighting foam is a surfactant. Surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension between two liquids, or a liquid and a solid.

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The Importance of Chemical Storage Tank Warranties

Purchasing a chemical storage tank can be a significant investment. You want to have confidence and reassurance that the tank will function as promised. The strength and transparency of the warranty demonstrates that the manufacturer believes in and stands behind their product.

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Innovative Poly Solutions for Storing Highly Oxidizing Chemicals

Anti-oxidants for polyethylene storage tanks are important because, inherently, all poly tanks can become compromised when exposed to highly oxidizing chemicals. Over time, any type of normal polyethylene material exposed to oxidizing chemicals will become brittle. Cracks and leaks may develop at the weaker points of the tank and around the fittings.

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Why NSF-61 Is Important: State Regulations and Compliance

NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (NSF-61) is a set of national standards that relates to water treatment. It establishes stringent requirements for the control of equipment that comes in contact with either potable water or products and chemicals that support the production of potable water.

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Brine Tanks Provide an Alternative for Water Treatment from Fracking Operations

Fracking has changed the dynamic of oil and gas production in the U.S., boosting oil production to its highest levels in more than 14 years. Fracking requires huge amounts of water, adding to already high operating costs for oil and gas companies. Environmental groups have also raised concerns about the waste of precious water supplies at a time when some states are suffering through droughts.

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Defining Industry Standards With Custom Tank Fittings and Accessories

Rather than settle for the industry standard, Poly Processing strives to define it by developing fittings and accessories that clearly address consumer needs. By analyzing industry requirements and working directly with our customers we are able to gather the information and knowledge needed to develop specialized products that address issues in the field.

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How Mechanical Stress Causes Polyethylene Tank Cracks

In addition to chemical stress, mechanical stress can also cause polyethylene chemical storage tanks to crack. Mechanical stress occurs when the tank’s structure is compromised after a physical impact with another object, over pressurization and rigid plumbing that does not allow for natural expansion and contraction of the tank.

In this article, we'll look at factors causing mechanical stress in polyethylene storage tanks, and offer solutions to reduce the impact of mechanical stress.

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How Chemical Stress Can Lead To Polyethylene Tank Cracks

In most polyethylene chemical storage tank operating and loading applications, a tank failure is primarily due to two types of stresses: chemical stress or mechanical stress.

Let's explore how chemical stress can cause cracks in polyethylene chemical storage tanks and advanced tank solutions that resist cracking.

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Potable Water Storage Tank Options

Safe water storage is important for both residential and commercial uses. In residential applications, homeowners look to capture rainwater for watering lawns and gardens. Water storage is necessary in a wide variety of commercial processes, including fire protection systems, farming irrigation and livestock care, and for cleaning in nearly all industries.

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How To Purchase a Polyethylene Chemical Storage Tank

Purchasing the right chemical storage tank is made simple when you contact a chemical storage tank expert at Poly Processing Company. Based upon thousands of chemical storage tanks manufactured and installed, we recommend these steps to lead you down the right path to getting a chemical storage tank that fits your needs.

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Diesel Exhaust Fluid: Storage Solutions

In an effort to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel engines, the EPA issued emission regulation standards in 2010. Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, requiring Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), sprays the DEF solution into the exhaust to eliminate NOx emissions in diesel engines.

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High-Density Cross-Linked Polyethylene Testing Standards Explained

High-density cross-linked polyethylene offers superior value for storing a wide range of critical chemicals. Gel level testing is the ASTM D-1998 method used to test the cross-link density of the polyethylene. The ASTM standard establishes a minimum for the percentage of cross-linked or polymer connected chains. This article and the downloadable technical bulletin will help to explain this standard.

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Storage Tank Bottom Drain Comparison: Choosing the Right Option

Having complete bottom drainage in a storage tank is key for safety and proper tank maintenance.  Safely maintaining chemical storage tanks presents numerous challenges.  Let’s compare the two bottom drain options: the traditional metallic insert fitting and Poly Processing’s IMFO system, or Integrally Molded Flanged Outlet.

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Confined Space Safety Issues? Consider a Side Manway

While many of the chemicals stored within polyethylene tanks do not require side manways, they are available and have several benefits.  Fiberglass and stainless steel side manways provide the end user with the ability to do cleanout, maintenenance, etc. without entering the tank through the top opening. The connection between the side manway and the storage tank is designed with a radiused mounting saddle and hardware that provide the key to achieving an excellent sealed connection.

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Caustic Soda Storage Challenges and Solutions

Sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda or liquid lye, is commonly used to adjust pH levels in water and wastewater treatment. Caustic soda is also used in the manufacturing of chemicals, rayon, cellophane, paper, detergents, soaps, and a variety of other products.

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Sulfuric Acid: Storage Challenges and Tank Solutions

Sulfuric acid is used in a wide variety of industrial applications.  It’s commonly used in water and wastewater treatment and in the  manufacturing of chemicals, fertilizers, and car batteries.  Sulfuric acid inherently releases high amounts of heat and presents unique storage challenges.  Let’s look at the storage challenges and solutions for sulfuric acid.

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Bellows Transition Fitting Installation Video Guide

The Bellows Transition Fitting provides secure yet flexible, fully contained SAFE-Tank® bottom discharge. A PTFE expansion joint is incorporated to allow the tank to expand and contract freely during loading and unloading. This fitting virtually eliminates damage from piping vibrations caused by pumps.

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Chemical Fume Scrubbers - How They Work and Poly Options

In most cases, chemicals stored in polyethylene tanks require venting.  In some instances, the harmful fumes emitted from the chemicals can not be directly released to the atmosphere.  In order to reduce the harmful fumes before they evacuate the system and to control air pollution, fume scrubbers are installed.

Let's take a look at how fume scrubbers work and the scrubber solutions for polyethylene tanks offered by Poly Processing Company.

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Video: Polyethylene Tanks Under Pressure

Safe chemical storage is our number one priority.  A safe storage solution is able to stand up to impact, UV attack, chemical attack and should be able to withstand catastrophic failure.  Poly Processing Company in conjunction with the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA conducted a pressure test to compare the strength of our cross-linked polyethylene tanks to an ordinary linear polyethylene tank.

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FDA/CFR Compliance: Polyethylene Tanks for Food and Beverage Operations

Stainless steel has long been the tank material of choice for storage in the food and beverage industry. Historically, businesses have been hesitant to choose polyethylene storage solutions, believing the porous resins would allow leaching and bacterial growth.

Now, with advanced resin technology, polyethylene offers FDA/CFR compliant storage with cost savings advantages for food and beverage operations.

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10 Poly Innovations in Chemical Storage

At Poly Processing, our goal is to build innovative solutions to complex chemical storage challenges.  Far beyond simple plastic tanks, we have developed a variety of products to address specific needs of chemical storage in order to ensure safety, ease of maintenance, and tank longevity.

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A Brief Introduction to Poly Processing’s Rotational Molding Process

From pink yard flamingos to dump truck beds, and hundreds of other sized products in between, rotational molding is an efficient manufacturing process. Rotational molding is especially effective in the manufacturing of chemical storage tanks. Let’s look at the advantages of rotational molding, and the value Poly Processing can bring to you.

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Poly Chemical Storage Tank Installation Guide: Ensure Tank Longevity

The most important factor in extending the useful life of a chemical storage tank begins on day one. Installing the chemical storage tank on a smooth, level, stable surface, making sure venting is adequate, and tank fittings are properly attached minimizes potential cracks and leaks that could lead to tank failure.

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Poly Tank Sidewall Fittings: What You Need To Know

Selecting the right sidewall fittings for a poly chemical storage tank is crucial. The proper fittings ensure optimum function and maximum life of the polyethylene tank. Proper sidewall fittings avoid tank leaks and spills. Selecting sidewall fittings purely based on cost can lead to an expensive mistake. Let’s explore the three types of sidewall fittings and when they should be used in tank configurations.

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Better Call Poly: 3 Areas of Tank Service

For the answers to your chemical storage tank questions, better call the Poly Processing Field Service team.  Poly Processing Field Service responds to chemical storage tank concerns in three main areas.

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New Poly Processing Product Catalog

We're pleased to announce that we've added 16 pages of new content to our complete product catalog.  The catalog now includes 80 pages of chemical storage guidelines, Poly Processing Company tanks, tank accessories, custom fittings, and much more.

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Carbon Black: The Best Polyethylene Storage Tank Color Choice?

A wide variety of colors are available for polyethylene storage tanks.  Cosmetics to match the surrounding buildings and landscape, customer preferences, and the application or the chemicals being stored are factors determining tank color selection. However, one color almost always selected for higher end storage solutions, such as storing harsh, aggressive chemicals such as sodium hypochlorite, is black.

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Sodium Hydroxide: Smart Storage Solutions

Sodium hydroxide is commonly used in wastewater treatment to adjust the base pH levels. This chemical is also widely used in manufacturing a variety of products such as chemicals, rayon, cellophane, pulp and paper products, aluminum, detergents, and soaps. The properties of sodium hydroxide present special storage and handling challenges. This article will examine the properties of sodium hydroxide and appropriate storage solutions.

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Storing Fats, Oils, and Greases: Why Polyethylene?

Fats, oils, and greases present a significant challenge to municipal solid waste and waste water treatment operations. Most waste water blockages can be traced to an accumulation of fats, oils, and greases, resulting in sewage spills, manhole overflows, and sewage backups in homes and businesses. As a result, many municipalities already confronted with tight operating budgets, are passing the cost and responsibility of storing and disposing of fats, oils, and greases along to businesses.

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Leachate & Condensate Collection: Polyethylene Tank Solutions for Landfills

Leachates are liquids that migrate from the waste from landfills. Rainwater and moisture existing in landfill waste produces the leachates which carry dissolved or suspended contaminants. It’s essentially the waste from the landfill that can potentially seep into the surrounding ground and surface water. The landfill is responsible to control of this potential contamination.

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A Look at Polyethylene Tank Mixing Systems

The ability to mix chemicals is crucial in certain industrial processes and wastewater treatment applications. The primary goal for a polyethylene chemical storage mixing system is that it is properly designed to mix chemicals safely and cost effectively.

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Polymers: 4 Tips to Storing this Slippery Chemical

Polymers are used in the headworks of wastewater treatment to facilitate flocculation.  Polymers also aid in de-watering of digester cake, reducing the water content and permitting easier, less expensive transport of waste materials to the landfill.  Polymers present unique storage challenges and require the right storage solution for safety and cost effectiveness. Let’s explore these challenges and solutions.

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Ferric and Alum Storage: Challenges and Solutions

Ferric and AlumCommonly used to remove suspended solids in wastewater treatment, ferric and alum require specialized storage solutions. This article will examine the challenges of storing ferric and alums, and offer safe, practical storage solutions.

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Chemical Storage Tank Fittings Made Easy

Selecting the proper fittings to make sure your chemical storage tank functions at optimum levels and to extend the life of the tank is often a confusing and frustrating process. We make it east to determine what fittings to use and where to place them on the tank.

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ASTM D 1998 or Your Tank Manufacturer: Who Has Tougher Standards?

On the surface, polyethylene storage takes can look pretty similar. It’s tough to tell a more expensive, well-designed and constructed tank from a cheap, inferior tank. Many customers are unaware that there is a standard for tank construction based upon resin properties and testing, or they simply assume all tank manufactures follow the ASTM D 1998 standards.

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NSF 61 Certification: Important Updates

Poly Processing stands alone in the chemical storage tank industry as the only manufacturer to NSF/ANSI 61 certify not only the polyethylene tank itself, but all fittings and parts within the chemical storage tank system. This delivers peace of mind to waste water treatment facilities, knowing the entire system meets the highest standards for public safety.

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