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Tank Connection unveils enamel coating line

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Tank Connection has announced that it is nearing completion of an expansion at its Galesburg, Kansas, US, facility.

This equipment expansion consists of a technologically advanced setup for the application of glass/porcelain enamel-to-steel panels to support continued growth in the company’s liquid storage markets. The new glass-fused-to-steel tank panel line expansion will come online in January 2017.

Board Chairman, Bill Neighbors, said: “This new glass line represents the latest in porcelain enamel technology. There are other glass storage tank products offered in the marketplace today, but none that fulfill Tank Connection quality and performance standards. Glass coatings have a mixed history of inconsistent field performance in water storage applications. Spalling (flaking glass), fish scale (scaling glass) and pin holes in the coating are all age-old problems associated with glass applied to bolted steel panels. Our new line and glass coating formulations are designed to address all deficiencies with consistent production quality. AQUA AGT 2020™ is formulated to provide superior, long-term field performance in water, wastewater and industrial liquid storage applications.”

Tank Connection maintains two fusion powder coating lines that both run over twice the length of a football field and includes 14 stations, 21 stages and over 110 application processes, checks and inspections. Both lines apply a high performance epoxy powder coating called LIQ Fusion 7000 FBE™. The company also maintains two liquid coating lines for special bolted applications and shop-welded tank production. When glass coatings are specified, the new glass/porcelain enamel line represents their latest development to service-select municipal and industrial applications.

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