This case study was conducted with DSM and TankSystems, (an HMT company) as the two companies worked together to develop the renovation solution for repairing corroded steel tanks in chemical storage parks.

Renovation without Hassle

Zero styrene in the Renovation of Industrial Processing plants and Storage tanks

In industrial processing and chemical storage plants the continuity of operation is of major importance. Plant downtime may have significant financial implications.

Also, equipment breakdown may negatively affect plant safety as in many cases dangerous chemicals are involved. When old equipment needs renovation, this needs to happen fast, in a clean way, and preferably with the least hassle!

Jobs can be finished in only ~60% of the time typical for solutions based on styrene-containing resins. No more stops are required for site ventilation! This will help to get the storage tank back in operation quickly, so it can generate income and bring value to the owner.

Rob van de Pol, General Manager, HMT Tanksystems

Our Approach

The Case: Sustainable Tank Repair

Tanksystems and DSM have worked together to develop the renovation solution for repairing corroded steel tanks in chemical storage parks.

The Solution: Zero Styrene Resin Atlac® Premium 100

Using zero styrene Atlac® Premium 100 resins to renovate steel tanks resulted in significantly improved working conditions for the operators compared with using the traditional styrene containing resins. They were delighted to work in a cleaner and safer environment with less protective gear.

Key Benefits

  • Zero styrene emissions
  • Clean and safe environment
  • Happier workers at the job site
  • Reduced work interruptions
  • Simplified permitting procedures
  • Time and cost efficiency

The Result

The renovation job continued without major interruptions as the actual emission levels are far below the accepted exposure limits (particularly for jobs performed in confined spaces). This reduces the downtime of the equipment under renovation, having an immediate positive effect on plant earnings.

The procedure to obtain permits was simplified, as the flammability and explosion risks normally associated with styrene are simply not there in a styrene-free resin work site!

The great resistance to organic solvents of the Atlac® Premium 100 resin ensures equipment durability for years to come.

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