Not only does Tank Connection offer the premier bolted tank, TC also designs, manufactures, and installs aluminum geodesic domes. TC’s domes range from 30’ to 300’ in diameter, serving a wide variety of markets, such as: Water & Wastewater, Dry Bulk Storage, Petroleum and Architectural applications. Tank Connection’s engineers have developed a dome design that enhances the performance and alleviates many field issues during installation. The notable attributes include:
- Stronger structural support with a batten system that ensures a leak free design
- Spun aluminum gusset that provides a precision seal
- Unmatched Safety Design — center safety line support uses a hoist ring designed for 5000lb lateral load
- Tank Connection certified field installation crews
- Three year Standard Warranty
Tank Connection can also design and install stand-alone domes for any type of steel tanks (bolted or welded) as well as concrete tanks. In many instances, an aluminum dome may be requested to replace an existing roof that is failing or the customer may wish to add a dome to an open top tank. Tank Connection can provide the right solutions, the most economical design, and the highest quality aluminum dome for your application.
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Tank Connection was recently featured in the May-June edition of IBNewsmag™. Displayed on the cover is an outstanding Tank Connection frac sand terminal. TC is also featured in an article regarding this year’s President’s “E” Award. This award signifies excellence in export sales.
“TC distributor construction crews battled through the mighty trade winds of Aruba and local government to successfully construct a Barge-to-Truck transloading terminal with a 133 ft. tall bolted cement storage silo at the Barcadera port. This installation enabled delivery of cement in bulk versus bagged product, giving Aruba easier access to the needed cement.”
TC on the cover of IBNewsmag
Incoming and shipment levels for the second quarter were phenomenal. We continue to see a number of clients tapping into growth markets and special storage applications. At TC, we like special storage applications and we have the engineering, PM and sales teams that can assist you every step of the way.
So what is currently going on in storage? You name it. Standard, custom and special applications in water, wastewater, fire protection, industrial liquids, dry bulk, minerals, foods, petrochem, chemicals, power, environmental and the list continues. When you are in the storage system business it pays to be broad based in application expertise. TC currently leads the industry in custom dry bulk storage applications. We build more XL bolted hopper tanks than any company in North America. We are also considered by many to be the rising star in the liquids market with a line-up of products and field services that are simply unmatched in quality and unbeatable in performance. Our LIQ Fusion 7000 FBE™ coating system is designed to replace glass/vitreous enamel coatings in water storage applications. Tank Connection’s RTP bolted tank construction is the best bolted tank design available on the planet.
On behalf of TC and all of our employees, we would like to extend our appreciation to our clients for selecting our products and services for your projects. We are simply glad to be part of our clients’ success. We will always try to do our best to keep your projects on track from start to finish.
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When specifying liquid tanks for municipal, industrial, and agricultural projects, it is important to not only understand the design specifics, but also the coating requirements. Tank Connection offers a proprietary coating provided by Akzo Nobel, the largest powder coat producer in the world. Tank Connection’s LIQ Fusion 7000 FBE™ (fusion bond epoxy) is a high tech coating system that is far superior to other coatings offered for liquid storage applications. Additionally, this coating can easily be repaired in the field if damaged, unlike glass coatings. With that said, how does a glass failure get repaired in the field when coatings are damaged or cracked? There is no repair. Damage to glass panels can only be patched by covering the area with mastic sealant.
The importance of specifying the coatings of the tank is as important as understanding the tank design. For additional information regarding Tank Connection’s premier powder coating systems, please see our coating brochures at www.tankconnection.com or www.liquidtanks.com.
The FUSION BOND EPOXY (FBE) Advantage Over Glass:
- Does not spall or crack… two inherent characteristics of glass lined coatings.
- Holiday free lining — LIQ Fusion 7000 FBE™ is fusion bonded to substrate surface.
- Electrostatic applied “powder-on-powder” system provides complete wrap-around on panel edges and in bolt-holes, a major deficiency in glass lined coatings.
- All internal tank components are coated with LIQ Fusion FBE™, unlike glass tanks which utilize galvanized internal tank components.
- Fusion FBE™ can be repaired in the field if damaged, unlike glass coatings which cannot be field repaired.
- Does not require cathodic protection, a requirement on glass lined tanks due to uncoated edges and bolt holes.
The FUSION BOND EPOXY (FBE) Advantage Over API 12B Coatings:
- LIQ Fusion FBE™ performance testing depicts superior performance over all coating systems offered for API 12B construction.
- LIQ Fusion FBE™ maintains a standard 5 year warranty in potable water storage. Competitor interior epoxy powder systems are offered with a 1 year standard warranty.
- EXT Fusion SDP™ is fused to substrate primer and cannot be scratched-off independent of base coat. (Liquid polyurethane topcoats can easily be scratched-off of base prime coat.)
- EXT Fusion SDP™ (super durable polyester) exterior topcoat maintains a 3 year standard warranty versus competitor systems offered with a 1 year standard warranty.
TC Proprietary Coating System – No Other Bolted Tank Company Can Offer LIQ Fusion 7000 FBE™
Tank Connection & Akzo Nobel teamed up in 2008 to provide the best performance coating system available for water storage. TC’s proprietary trade name is LIQ Fusion 7000 FBE™. So what is so great about this coating system? Just review the data provided in controlled lab testing and you will quickly note that this coating system outperforms ALL coating systems in water storage applications. It has the best performance data and is a stronger system than vitreous/glass enamel in liquid storage applications, which use to be the top performance coating. LIQ Fusion 7000 FBE™ is available exclusively through one company, Tank Connection.
Over the last five years, the superior performance of advanced powder coating systems is being recognized in the water industry. We have a growing number of clients that prefer TC’s LIQ Fusion 7000 FBE™ coating system over any system available for water storage. Even suppliers of vitreous/glass enamel are now promoting all types of powder coatings for water storage. The answers are simple, high performance fusion powder coatings will outperform their enamel coatings.
It is important to remember that glass/vitreous enamel coatings cannot be recoated in the future, only replaced. Powder coated tanks and field-welded tanks with field-applied coatings can be recoated in the future, which allows for permanent water storage facilities that are not limited in service life. When the edges or bolt holes on glass tanks start to rust, it can’t be stopped. These areas will rust and continue to rust. Tanks coated with vitreous/glass enamel in its poorest form become throw-away, disposable tanks, similar to today’s household appliances. The industry is waking up to performance products that are designed to stand the test of time. The best powder coating systems are available and their performance is unmatched.
LIQ Fusion 7000 FBE™ is applied on blasted steel substrate surfaces utilizing a multi-million dollar process application, similar to high quality powder coatings systems utilized in the automotive industry. Between our proprietary coating formulation and the coating application process offered, TC does not have a close “second place” contender in the industry. We compete with suppliers that use an “easy bake” oven to cure coatings and others that don’t even blast their steel prior coating their steel. Really? As a benchmark standard for quality, we consider some of these products nothing less than junk, but there is never a shortage of uninformed buyers. Based on the volume of storage tanks we supply, we operate at true economies of scale, offering highly superior products competitively priced with suppliers of inferior products. Yes, we offer the best in water storage tanks for less.
Tank Connection construction crews battled through the mighty trade winds of Aruba and successfully installed a Barge-to-Truck transloading terminal with a 133’ tall by 42’ diameter TC RTP bolted Cement Storage Silo at the Barcadera Port in Aruba. The facility was designed to store and transfer cement from oceanic barges. Prior to the installation of this facility, cement was delivered to the island in large bags,
prone to product contamination. Now, 750’ of underground pneumatic conveying pipe stretches from the barge offload point in the Barcadera port into the TC cement silo.
TC’s client, ATCO Concrete Products, produces ready mix cement and multi colored specialty blocks and pavers for the construction industry. Their materials are used to build many of the luxurious high rise hotels, parks and beachfront shopping areas that are a staple of Aruba’s tourism industry. This terminal will serve ATCO’s plant with cement to support its computerized, state of the art block plant.
TC designed, supplied and installed the pneumatic conveying piping and the unloading system. The silo cement unloading system fluidized the cement to provide reliable and fast truck fill times, all with full integrated controls and database inventory management. The system is designed to provide accurate product quantities to the plant operations managers as well as directly to the cement suppliers so that daily operations and monthly barge deliveries can be integrated into a seamless, uninterrupted supply chain.
As expected, fi rst quarter incoming projects were broad based across target markets and included strong activity for storage systems destined for both domestic and international locations. Our reputation for larger, engineering intensive projects continues to increase in the industry. Additionally, the list of premier engineering firms that prefer TC storage products and fi eld installation services over other suppliers continues to increase. We believe we have developed the right company culture that is focused on fulfilling client needs. We strive to deliver an unmatched performance level on every project.
Tank Connection currently has four manufacturing facilities and 297 employees dedicated to the design, manufacture and installation of integrated storage systems, including bolted RTP (rolled, tapered panel) tanks, shop-welded tanks, SIT (system installed tanks), integrated storage systems, aluminum geodesic domes. It is our goal to be the premier supplier of these products in dry bulk and liquid storage applications worldwide. A tall order perhaps, but we currently maintain the top position in XL dry bulk storage applications in North America, and this has occurred in a relatively short period of time. We have no conflicts in serving the industry by building the best storage products available for dry bulk and liquid storage applications, at pricing competitive with any supplier. With over 2100 years of combined industry experience in storage, we know how to design and build the best storage facilities available for our selected target markets. We thank you for the confidence placed in our company and your promotion of TC in the industry.
The list of premier engineering firms that prefer TC storage products and field installation services over other suppliers continues to grow.
This has been an exciting year of growth for Tank Connection. Strong demand for our RTP dry and liquid bolted tank product lines, coupled with strong demand for our shop welded tanks and system installed tanks is driving more and greater opportunities throughout our entire business system. Our customers have been asking for more products and support from every area of our organization. Since our customers have been demanding more engineered intensive storage products than ever before, we are actively working to address the increased demand along with meeting any additional product requirements. We have been taking steps such as increasing the number of personnel in the Quality Department and adding new positions to allow us to meet the many challenges that this growth brings. Staffing will continue to keep pace with the growth to allow us to maintain our commitment to quality. Expansion of our ISO processes will be part of the growth we are enjoying. It is very exciting to be a part of the changes being made which will position us to perform at the next level, so we will be ready for the next series of opportunities presented to us.
The Tank Connection management team provides solid support for continuous improvement throughout our entire business system. Without the resolve and cooperation of management to support this process, the progress we are enjoying would simply not be possible. The commitment of every person in our organization also has an impact on the outcome of our efforts, so it is important to cultivate and maintain a mindset that embraces the pursuit of excellence in our approach to what we do every day at every level. Together we are doing something that is much greater than anything we could do alone. The result of this is that we continue to see improvements becoming a part of what we do everywhere. Rather than seeing a rule of “diminishing returns” we are seeing how each improvement can lead to still more improvements. These changes make it to the “bottom line” and are clearly making a big difference to our customers. I want to congratulate and thank the Tank Connection personnel who continue to raise the bar of excellence within our organization.
“Tank Connection personnel are committed to the relentless pursuit of continuous improvement in all of our business operations to fulfill the needs of our customers.”
Enjoy the journey!
With 2012 squarely in our rearview mirror it’s time for brief reflection and applying the year’s experiences to our focus on the future. Albert Einstein once wrote, “Today’s problems cannot be solved if we still think the way we thought when we created them”. As simple as it may sound, this concise statement sums up the entire premise of innovation. To truly lead the industry a company must consistently be at the forefront of development, an innovator, rather than an imitator.
Our relentless pursuit of continuous improvement has paved the way for advancements in engineering design, as well as manufacturing throughout the year. Applying real-world lessons based on feedback from the field to further refine elements that promote ease of installation, extended service life, and superior product quality. From complex dry bulk systems inclusive of handling equipment, to more streamlined anaerobic digester roof structures, the results have been met with overwhelming approval.
The founding members of TC made a conscious decision at the inception of our company to move beyond the archaic glass coatings of the past and introduce the next generation of advanced coatings with our proprietary Fusion FBE system. Harkening back to Einstein’s simple proclamation, in order to redefine something you have to view it with a new perspective. The benefits of this powder-on-powder application process include superior impact resistance, unmatched flexibility, and the ability to be touched-up in the field.
As we begin our journey in 2013 the increasing presence of TC products in the global marketplace will expose an even broader client base to the premier storage solutions we offer. With strategically selected partners around the globe, we’re able to provide the same localized service and attention to customer service our loyal customers have come to expect here in the USA. We look forward to yet another record-setting year, and hope you’ll join us as we take the industry to the next level!
The LAX project was a good example of what we would like to see more of in the liquid market. The tank, a 86’ x 52’ with an aluminum dome, will be used in a deluge fire protection system to protect a hanger at the LAX Airport. Tank Connection worked with the specifying engineer for nearly a year writing the specification and sizing the tank around Tank Connection standards, yet keeping it generic enough to meet the municipal requirement of not sole sourcing. When it was time for the project to bid, the contractors came to Tank Connection for our bid and also our insight to the project. For 2013, our focus will be to make a concerted effort by our liquid sales team and our various representatives to get Tank Connection specified on municipal and industrial projects. Tank Connection is becoming better known in the liquid market, but there are still many opportunities to “educate” the engineers about Tank Connection’s great products.
Below are examples of the product lines that we target in the liquid market.
- Potable Water Tanks
- Wastewater Tanks
- Fire Protection Tanks
- Industrial Liquids
- Liquid Chemical Storage