The proprietary fusion powder coating systems offered by Tank Connection are thermoset powders that utilize low-molecular-weight solids that go through a fusion and chemical reaction to form higher-molecular-weight polymers. Once the powder is applied, the bolted steel panels enter an oven where the resins, pigments and other reactive agents crosslink to produce a high molecular weight binder system, resulting with a tough, durable coating system designed for high chemical resistance, corrosion resistance, flexibility, chip resistance, weatherability and UV protection. Tank Connection’s thermoset processes are irreversible. Once the curing and crosslink takes place, the powder coating can not be returned to its original form by any means. 

Tank Connection’s flagship facility features a state-of-the-art coating line, over 200 yards (182.88 m) in length. In 2015, a second, larger coating line was installed to keep up with skyrocketing demand for bolted RTP tanks. Tank Connection system and controlled station processes are unmatched by any other tank manufacturer. These include 14 stations, 21 stages and over 110 application processes, checks and inspections. Tank Connection’s coating process includes the most extensive powder coating line ever developed for bolted steel panels utilized in liquid immersion service. Our internal and external coatings are the best available in the market and offered exclusively through Tank Connection.

DRY BULK STORAGE TANK COATINGS

DRY FUSION 5500 FBE™

Fusion 5500 FBE™ (fusion bond epoxy) is the premium interior coating system ever developed for dry bulk storage applications. This coating technology provides superior flow promotion and abrasion resistance. It is fused to the substrate primer and cannot be scratched off independent of the base coat.

  • Superior product flow promotion qualities
  • Fusion bonded to the substrate surface
  • Abrasion resistant - Passes 200 l/mil
  • Chip and scrape resistant
  • Heat resistance - Dry @ 300ºF
  • Chemical immersion - Passes 11,500 hours @ ambient temperature

DRY FUSION 5500 FBE™ + EXT FUSION SDP™

Our unmatched external coating utilizes the protective properties of our exclusive FBE epoxy powder fused to the substrate with a fused topcoat of EXT Fusion SDP™. It outperforms all other tank exterior coating systems offered in the industry.

  • Outstanding toughness with proven weatherability 
  • Fusion bonded to FBE primer
  • Improved gloss retention - Gloss @ 75-90
  • Enhanced resistance to chalking or fading 
  • Superior exterior durability - 5 years (Southern Florida Exposure Tests) per AMAA 2604-05
  • Unmatched exterior performance in dry bulk storage applications

How good is DRY Fusion 5500 FBE™ + EXT Fusion SDP™?

  • The proprietary formulations are unmatched
  • The factory application processes are unmatched
  • The field performance is unmatched

LIQUID STORAGE TANK COATINGS

LIQ FUSION 8000 FBE™

LIQ FUSION 8000 FBE™ is without equal in liquid storage. It outperforms ALL other bolted tank interior coating systems offered. The standard warranty starts at 5 years for potable water storage. Renowned for its low maintenance and cost efficiency, this durable coating is the ultimate interior tank lining system ever developed for liquid applications.

  • Impact resistance is over 10x that of competitor glass coatings
  • Mandrel flexibility is 10x greater than competitor glass coatings
  • Corrosion and abrasion resistant
  • Chip and scrape resistant
  • Heat resistance - Water @ 212ºF (100ºC) • Dry @ 300ºF (149ºC)
  • Chemical resistance - No change @ 11,500 hours (one year equates to 8,760 hours)

How good is LIQ Fusion 8000 FBE™ & DRY Fusion 5500 FBE™ + EXT Fusion SDP™?

  • The proprietary formulations are unmatched
  • The factory application processes are unmatched
  • The field performance is unmatched

AQUA AGT 2020™

Tank Connection’s glass-fused-to-steel product line represents the next evolution in coating technology. Aqua AGT (Advanced Glass Technology) 2020™ is formulated to address problems witnessed in glass coatings provided by other suppliers in water storage applications. The proprietary formulation process involved prevents fishscaling and spalling. The two major layers of glass coatings receive a two-fire process, not one-fire process. It is this two-fire glass process that ensures the highest quality, glass-fused-to-steel porcelain enamel finish available. The coating is flexible enough to accommodate the expansion and contraction of bolted steel water tanks.

  • Aqua AGT 2020™ will meet and exceed AWWA D103 requirements
  • Aqua AGT 2020™ will meet and exceed EN ISO 28765:2016 requirements
  • Exterior Coating Thickness: Ranges from 10-14 mils. 
  • Interior Coating Thickness: Ranges from 11-16 mills depending on the two-fire system selection
  • Special grade steel is required for enameling
  • Advanced formulation process for the application of vitreous enamel/glass slip
  • SSPC 10 near white steel grit blast
  • Edge Preparation: Mechanical bevel - Porcelain Enamel Institute reference guide PEI-101
  • Panel Edges: 4 side coating encapsulation
  • A controlled environment with firing temperatures up to 1,500 °F
  • Two-coat fire process eliminates the probability for exposed pin holes with geometric performance over one-fire
  • Coating Formulation: Vitreous enamel formulation, base and cover coat layers are proprietary
  • Holiday Testing: Every sheet internal surface tested - holiday free
  • Thermatron Testing: Continuous 24/7 down to -5 °F
  • 3rd Party Testing: Independent third party testing is available

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