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Industrial Oil Tank Cleaning Using Vacuum Transfer Systems
DATE:2009-11-7  FROM:  AUTHOR:  DOWN:2199
 
Industrial oil tank cleaning requires the cleaning of tanks and vessels in a way that is safe and efficient. Increasingly, the industry has moved away from using man power to perform these duties, which can be a hazardous and unpleasant task, to using mechanised equipment.


Sludge and scale tends to build up in oil tanks and vessels over time. It reduces the efficiency of the tanks and causes a problem for the smooth running of the plant. This means that industrial oil tank cleaning needs to be performed on a regular basis to keep the build up under control.


Vacuum transfer systems and specialised tank cleaning heads combined with a range of pumping solutions have largely done away with the need for man entry when cleaning industrial oil tanks. This has meant a safer working environment for all concerned, as well as maintaining the high standard of cleaning expected in the industry.


Vacuum transfer systems can be likened to giant household vacuum cleaners in a way. They perform a similar task, but the power of suction used is such that they are capable of moving liquids and large pieces of debris as well as sand, sludge and other materials, over long distances.


The material and liquids extracted by vacuum transfer systems are usually pumped into mobile containers that can be transported to licensed holding areas. The companies that have need of industrial oil tank cleaning usually contract this kind of work to expert specialists who have all the proper and necessary machinery and equipment, as well as the trained and experienced personnel to do the job.


Removing scale from the interior walls of a tank usually means making use of tank cleaning heads. These are devices that are water driven under high pressure. Ultra high pressure water jets can be directed with precision on to the scale, which is then removed and the underlying skin of the tank cleaned as well.


The tank cleaning heads can usually revolve as well, which allows them to seek out every crevice and awkward to reach places. This is the kind of work that would be difficult, sometimes impossible, for a man to do, and it also means that there is a much greater safety level involved all round.


There are often times, however, when industrial oil tank cleaning is best carried out by trained personnel. The operators need to be highly experienced in this kind of work, and the procedure needs to be carefully monitored throughout the entire operation.


When there is man entry into a confined space there needs to be a team effort to achieve the result. The person or persons who enter the tank normally wear protective clothing as well as breathing apparatus. On the outside of the tank there are trained operators who can provide the level of support required, and who know exactly what to do in the event of something going wrong.


Industrial oil tank cleaning is a highly specialised task. It requires equipment and machinery that are maintained in excellent working order at all times, as well as a trained and experienced team of professional operators.


 

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