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How to Maximize the Service Life of Process Tanks

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Electroplating or surface finishing processes are commonly used to provide increased wear and corrosion resistance to finished parts. Many finishers, however, are worried by the corrosion of their own equipment. Process tanks hold aggressive solutions that are frequently at elevated temperatures. It is imperative these tanks withstand aggressive conditions to maximize productivity and limit production downtime. Repair or replacement of failed tanks cuts productivity greatly and can be a costly financial burden.

Using Steel Tanks

Steel tanks are known for their high temperature ratings and mechanical strength, but many times, they cannot be used to contain plating solutions. Corrosive solutions attack steel, and lead to leaks and tank failure. The common alternatives to steel tanks are using plastics, both as liners and free-standing structures. Plastics protect the solution from contamination and the steel from corrosion.

What type of plastic should I use to protect my steel tanks?

Plastics such as flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC-P) and polypropylene (PP) are common alternatives to steel tanks. Although these plastics display good enough chemical resistance in some applications, there are many instances where aggressive plating mixtures are challenging for PVC-P or PP. Many finishers are demanding a higher quality, longer lasting and more trouble-free tank. PP tanks have a high fire risk if there is an elevated temperature and electric immersion heathers. Polypropylene tanks are quickly combustible and difficult to extinguish. Spending more upfront on tanks can greatly reduce the total cost of ownership over the lifetime of a process tank.

PVDF Liners

PVDF liners offer an upgraded solution for finishers who desire long tank life, PVDF is used as a construction material and can outperform its competition by providing longer lasting and trouble-free containment for the most aggressive plating solutions, even at elevated temperatures. PVDF is selected for plating tanks because it has a robust chemical resistance, good flame and smoke properties, high purity, heat and temperature resistance. PVDF is increasingly in demand, but the fabrication can also be complicated. It is important to use qualified fabricators that have fabrication standards and procedures in place.

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Stainless Steel Ardrox 311 Oiling Line with Pall De-watering Filter System & Solution Cooling.
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Ryeford Engineering Stainless Steel Ardrox 311 Oiling Line with Pall Dewatering Filter System & Solution Cooling.

Stainless steel cleaning tank for Ardrox 311 Oiling Line including Pall Fluid de-watering and conditioning purifier, solution cooling system, lip extraction, bunded and draining station.

Stock No
DA1413
Category
Process Tanks
Model
Ryeford Engineering Pall Fluid Conditioning Purifier HNP006
Year of Manufacture
2006
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
Baskets 510 x 510 x 250 with 3 mesh
Process Stages
Oiling, De-watering and Cooling
Other Info
Bunded, lip extraction, drain station
Condition
Seen working by RSW, Excellent Condition
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Stock No
DA1415
Category
Process Tanks
Model
Ryeford Engineering Pall LBV64
Year of Manufacture
2003
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
700 x 700 x 700
Process Stages
1
Other Info
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Condition
From a working environment, Seen working by RSW, Excellent Condition
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Stock No
MA748
Category
Electroplating & treatment lines
Model
Jacquet Weston Engineering Ion Exchange Plant
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
Brake / Storage Tank Ø900 x 1500
Process Stages
Single Stage
Other Info
Producing up to 200 litres/hour
Condition
From a working environment, Good Condition
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£ 1,250 (+ VAT)
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Stock No
MD897
Category
Process Tanks
Model
Pall Pall Fluid Conditioning Purifier HNP006
Year of Manufacture
2006
Process Stages
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Condition
Seen working by RSW, Excellent Condition
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Stock No
PPL400
Category
Electroplating & treatment lines
Model
Gee and Company Straight Line Manual Plant
Year of Manufacture
2015
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
800 x 800 x 650
Process Stages
7
Other Info
125kg SWL electric hoist pendant control
Condition
From a working environment, Seen working by RSW, Excellent Condition
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Stock No
PPL500
Category
Electroplating & treatment lines
Model
Gee and Company Straight Line Fully Automatic Plant
Year of Manufacture
2015
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
850 x 1000 x 650
Process Stages
10
Other Info
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Condition
Seen working by RSW, Excellent Condition
Price [?]
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Stock No
TA296
Category
Process Tanks
Model
Forbes
Year of Manufacture
2014
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
1000 liters
Process Stages
Multiple Process Uses.
Other Info
Vessel location indoors
Condition
Excellent Condition, Unused, Current Model
Sold As Seen Price [?]
£ 650 (+ VAT)
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A heavy duty polypropylene process tank with steel reinforcing supports manufactured by one of the UK's premier plant suppliers, PolyPlas Engineering Ltd. Inlet/outlet ports at one end of the tank high level and low level to accommodate any process needs.

Stock No
TC308J
Category
Process Tanks
Model
PolyPlas Engineering Ltd 2800 Litres
Year of Manufacture
2019
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
3200 x 600 x 1495
Process Stages
Single Stage Process Tank
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Max Capacity 2800 Litres
Condition
From a working environment, Excellent Condition
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A heavy duty polypropylene process tank with steel reinforcing supports manufactured by one of the UK's premier plant suppliers, PolyPlas Engineering Ltd. Inlet/outlet ports at one end of the tank high level and low level to accommodate any process needs.

Stock No
TC309J
Category
Process Tanks
Model
PolyPlas Engineering Ltd 2800 Litres
Year of Manufacture
2019
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
3200 x 600 x 1495
Process Stages
Single Stage Process Tank
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Max Capacity 2800 Litres
Condition
From a working environment, Excellent Condition
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A heavy duty polypropylene process tank with steel reinforcing supports manufactured by one of the UK's premier plant suppliers, PolyPlas Engineering Ltd. Inlet/outlet ports at one end of the tank high level and low level to accommodate any process needs.

Stock No
TC310J
Category
Process Tanks
Model
PolyPlas Engineering Ltd 2800 Litres
Year of Manufacture
2019
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
3210 x 600 x 1495
Process Stages
Single Stage Process Tank
Other Info
Max Capacity 2800 Litres
Condition
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Model
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Year of Manufacture
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Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
450 x 400 Deep
Process Stages
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Condition
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Stock No
TS054
Category
Process Tanks
Model
Plasticraft PVDF Tank
Year of Manufacture
2008
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
1740 x 780 x 1560mm
Process Stages
Single stage process tank
Other Info
Chemically resistant to acids & alkalis
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A heavy duty mild steel Polypropylene lined process tank manufactured by the UK's premier plant supplier Plasticraft.

Stock No
TS055
Category
Process Tanks
Model
Plasticraft Nylon Tank
Year of Manufacture
2008
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
1740 x 780 x 1560mm
Process Stages
Single stage process tank
Other Info
Chemically resistant to acids & alkalis
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Plasbrun Plastics Engineering Ltd Mild Steel Ilex Lined Plating Tank

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Stock No
TT115Q
Category
Process Tanks
Model
Plasbrun Plastics Engineering Ltd
Work Envelope (WxDxH mm) [?]
1120 x 1100 x 1170
Other Info
2 x units available from stock
Refurbished Price [?]
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