The Role of a 50,000-Litre Insulated Mixing Tank

We know that after 25 years in business we’re a recognised brand that stands for excellence in quality which includes delivering on all our KPIs around efficiency, reliability, and safety. 

These are paramount to the culture here at Brisbane Tank Manufacturing and one we’re all incredibly proud of.  

One crucial element in achieving these goals is the utilisation of robust infrastructure and equipment. Among these, the 50,000-litre insulated mixing tank, constructed to AS1692 and API650 standards, stands out as a cornerstone of our operations; both in design, manufacturing right through to transport and installation. 

In this blog post, we'll talk more about the significance of such a tank in the bitumen petroleum industry and explore its construction, features, and benefits.

The Need for Specialised Equipment

Bitumen, a by-product of crude oil processing; serves as a vital component in various industries, including roading and waterproofing. Its handling and processing requires specialised infrastructure due to its high temperature, viscosity, and potential hazards. So as you can imagine in this context, a meticulously engineered mixing tank becomes indispensable to its performance and safety standards.

Meeting Stringent Standards: AS1692 and API650

The construction of the 50,000-litre insulated mixing tank has to; as it should, adhere to strict industry standards, namely AS1692 and API650. 

AS1692 specifies the design and fabrication requirements for welded steel tanks for the storage of liquids at ambient temperatures and above. 

On the other hand, API650 outlines standards for the design, fabrication, erection, and inspection of welded storage tanks, ensuring reliability and safety in the petroleum industry. 

Adhering to these standards ensures that the tank is built to withstand operational stresses and environmental conditions.

Carbon Steel with Protective Coatings

The tank is constructed from carbon steel, because of its durability and strength, essential for withstanding the demands of the bitumen petroleum industry. To enhance its longevity and resistance to corrosion, the tank is coated with full protective coatings. These coatings act as a barrier against corrosion, extending the tank's lifespan and ensuring the integrity of stored materials.  

It’s important to note here that Brisbane Tank Manufacturing not only manufactures tanks; but we also maintain tanks to ensure we carry on with our quality controls and ensuring follow up of our excellent service. 

Enhancing Efficiency and Safety

One of the key features of this mixing tank is its insulation. Insulation serves multiple purposes.

Firstly, it helps maintain the bitumen's temperature within the desired range, crucial for ensuring optimal viscosity (consistency) and flow characteristics during processing. 

Secondly, insulation minimises heat loss, increasing energy efficiency and reducing operational costs. 

Moreover, insulation adds a layer of safety by minimising the risk of heat related accidents and ensuring a safer working environment for everyone on site. 

Role in Bitumen Processing

The 50,000-litre insulated mixing tank plays a pivotal role in the bitumen processing workflow. It serves as a central hub for blending raw materials, additives, and bitumen, ensuring consistency in the final product. 

The tank's design facilitates efficient mixing and agitation, crucial for achieving the desired product specifications. Its large capacity allows for batch processing, enabling continuous production to meet demand fluctuations in the market.

So as we wave adios to this fine specimen of a tank heading to Melbourne we are once again full of pride to see what we can create and deliver.

The team at Brisbane Tank Manufacturing understands the complexity of what the tanks need to deliver and this stands out because we understand our customers requirements.  This is massive when it comes to delivering a tank that has to perform and hit those all important safety standards. We believe this is what makes us stand out from all the rest so when it’s time to talk tanks; let’s talk!