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
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.
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!
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
In dry bulk storage, we are the industry leader for large bulk storage facilities in North America.
TC’s modular RTP construction is now requested worldwide by leading U.S. corporations. We load containers daily and provide expedited deliveries. The tank shown on the left side of the adjacent picture is bolted RTP construction (right side, shop welded). It will install in 1/3 the field time required for its field-welded counterpart. Jack built from grade level at any international location.
ALPINE INDUSTRIAL SYSTEMS specializes in Integrated Bulk Storage & Material Handing System Projects from concept to completion including nation wide plant expansions, receiving & load-outs, transload terminals, and services all industries. Along with outstanding personal service we specialize in providing quality and cost-effective solutions to meet your needs.
PROJECT PROFILE FEATURES
Frac Sand Transload Terminal with three (3) 26’ dia. x 80’ tall fully skirted tanks with truck drive through, dual scale system, dust free load-out equipment, three (3) rail spur unloading pit with reclaim conveyor and pent house with stair access, bucket elevator, stair tower, diverter valve, chutes and supports, dust collection, sump system, compressed air system, controls & MCC building. This project was provided as a turnkey design build (EPC) to include all concrete, structural, mechanical, and field electrical, with the exception of the rail road work, site drainage, and asphalt.
Just about any storage facility can be expanded in the field, but modular storage systems can be designed for simplified future expansion. It is a “plug and play” approach to quickly increase storage capacities. The shop-welded aggregate storage systems shown can be expanded in a fraction of the time required for typical battery installations. IQ storage systems by TC, an intelligent choice for the future.
Not a “fun in the sun” location to take your spouse, but if you are into tanks (like us), a fly-over may be warranted.
TC aluminum geodesic domes being installed on field-weld tanks, located off the coast of Panama.
As softly announced in our last newsletter, TC has secured another tank manufacturing facility for the production of SIT’s (system installed tanks), XL shop-welded tanks and aluminum domes. (Note: SIT applications are a unique approach to a growing industry. If you have any questions on these applications, please talk with our SIT Team.)
Expanded aluminum geodesic dome designs including architectural designs. (Notes: TC recently purchased the latest state-of-the-art fabrication equipment to service this industry. The equipment is installed and turning out aluminum dome components for a global market.)
- Looking for the best dome design? This would be TC domes.
- Looking for the highest quality? Again, this would be TC.
- Looking for the best price? TC rules!
We have expanded our engineering services to fulfill client needs for the future. We are the experts in storage solutions. When questions exist on future applications, please contact us any time for assistance and the right answers.
More specialized coatings and coatings technology offered. [Note: Of course, this is why an FBE (fusion bond epoxy) powder coat line was originally chosen over a vitreous enamel /glass line at our new bolted tank facility.] TC’s FBE coating performance in the field will outperform glass, of which one glass tank manufacturer now acknowledges. The TC advantage is the versatility of what we can offer with other specialized, advanced coatings systems. Our multi-million dollar powder coat line and technology is unmatched globally in modular, bolted panel fabrication. Our processes allow versatility which is far beyond competitor capabilities. Our processes represent the future of advanced coating systems to service the industry with superior products.