These products, including paint slurries, drilling muds, vegetable oils or oleochemicals, can leave sediment at the bottom of the container they are carried in, while the liquid element remains on top. Returning them to their original state, in order to recover their full properties before discharging, can be challenging, so Hillebrand developed the Pulse flexitank, which mixes content upon arrival at the destination.
Pulse technology introduces either air or the actual product being transported to circulate within two internal channels, agitating the separated particles and bringing them back to their original density in less than one hour, the company said. The flexitank’s design prevents solid deposits from remaining adhered to the corners, while providing a pumpable viscosity.
“Flexibility and complete product retrieval when developing the Pulse flexitank was key,” said Kevin Fry, Hillebrand’s bulk liquids technical development director. “Our customers have the ability to safely choose the preferred method of aeration or agitation without having to enter the container.”
The flexitank includes a steel bulkhead that protects the containers doors, while allowing both doors to open during the agitation process. Hillebrand says its Pulse flexitank is suitable for road and sea transport, and takes transportation of non-hazardous liquids to a “new efficiency level,” avoiding the need for any external equipment and controlling every aspect of the process from the doors of the container.
Fry added that a live trial report showed the Pulse flexitank produces 10 times less residue than standard tanks after being agitated. “Managing to discharge such challenging products without leaving a trace in the flexitank has given us the satisfaction of bringing a solution to an extended dilemma for both customers and logistics providers.”
Pulse flexitanks are supplied with a variety of venting options tailored to specific commodities and needs.
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