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Many people think that manufacturing is dead or that it has all been outsourced to foreign countries. However, that is not the case. In many industrialised countries, manufacturing has actually increased over the last few decades. However, due to improvements in processes, more advanced machinery and even the rise of artificial intelligence, a lot of manufacturing is no longer done by a human. However, it's still critical. If you are a consumer, a product developer, or even someone who works in the industrial and manufacturing industries, check out these posts. They explain and explore a lot of the reasons why manufacturing is still important and arguably more important than it has been in years.


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How to Prevent Molasses Tank Failures

by Terra Franklin

Molasses tank failures can be very costly in terms of product losses and the resultant damage to nearby structures. Such failures can be avoided by taking a number of steps. This article discusses some of the preventive measures that you can take if you plan to install a molasses tank on your farm.

Pay Attention to the Base

Make sure that you have prepared a strong base for the molasses tank. For example, construct a concrete pad onto which to install the tank once it is delivered to your address. The base should be uniform so that there is no room for air to infiltrate underneath the tank. Air infiltration can create pressure differences that can cause some sections of the tank's base to carry a heavier load than other sections are carrying. The areas carrying a heavier load are more likely to rapture if the pressure difference isn't resolved for a long time. Uniform pads ensure that the tank sits squarely on that pad without allowing any air to get underneath parts of the tank.

Don't Overfill the Tank

It is important to leave some room (such as 20% of the tank's capacity) at the top of the tank when you load it with molasses. That space will help to contain any expansion that may occur within the viscous liquid as temperatures change in your area. The space that is left can also act as extra protection to avoid subjecting the tank walls to a bigger load than they can handle. For example, the walls of plastic tanks may get weaker as the tank ages and degrade due to UV damage. Filling such a tank completely can then increase its risk of failure.

Keep Vents Open

Vents play an important role in ensuring that excessive pressure doesn't build up inside the molasses tank. Never plug those vents. Doing so can create an opportunity for the tank walls to burst when too much pressure is exerted upon them.

Conduct Inspections

You can also avert tank failures by inspecting the molasses tanks regularly. Refer to the manufacturer's guidelines about how frequently to perform those inspections. However, you should note that older tanks require more frequent inspection since age may have predisposed them to developing structural defects. Check the base, the internal and external walls as well as any accessories, such as pipe fittings.

Talk to the molasses tank supplier for the specific preventive measures that are appropriate for the type of tank you acquired. For example, applying anti-corrosion coatings may not be suitable for plastic tanks since corrosion isn't a hazard to such tanks.