When choosing industrial storage tanks for your factory or your plant, the adage “the right tool for the job” still applies. There are multiple varieties of storage tanks, and they have different levels of performance according to what is designed to get stored in them.
Some of the most common types are:
- Fuel Storage Tanks — These are specifically designed to hold fuel or petroleum but can also be used to hold organic and non-organic liquids. This is because the standard required for fuel tank safety is exceptionally high, making them ideal for storing other fluids.
- Aboveground Fuel Tank — Has easy long-term maintenance and has direct costs. Essentially, these are the most cost-effective tanks and, therefore, popular.
- Underground Fuel Tank — These industrial storage tanks are also USTs or Underground Storage Tanks. At least 10% of their contents are buried underground. They’re beneficial for storing hazardous material. Like their aboveground counterparts, they’re handy for a variety of fluids.
- Chemical Storage Tanks — These tanks vary in material, such as stainless steel, polyethylene, and fiberglass.
- Stainless steel — These are the most expensive options but are the most highly effective variant, capable of holding a variety of strong acids and compounds.
- Fiberglass — Suitable for some chemical storage applications but has leakage risk and needs constant monitoring.
- Polyethelene Storage — These are the most versatile among the storage tanks of choice, as they can hold more than just chemicals.
- Industrial Oil Tanks — These industrial storage tanks act more as reservoirs. Unlike the other tanks, they’re not used explicitly for long-term storage. Instead, they are containers where different oil phases are stored as they constantly flow down the supply line before finally getting consumed.
- Fixed roof tank — Keeps stored oil protected under an unmoving cover, preventing exposure. Often, these are used for holding low-volume oil products.
- Bunded tank — These tanks are often surrounded by a containment dike or another tank. This secondary layer provides a catch system for any spills.
- Single skin & Double skin tank — These tanks have one or two layers of plastic or steel which improve the structural integrity of the tanks.
These are only some of the most common types of tanks. Depending on what you need to store in it, choose the appropriate tank for the contents you intend to put in.
KC Supply Co recommends asking specialists to determine the ideal tank type for your industry and contents. Visit the website to get in touch with an expert today.