Mix tanks are specifically engineered for combining and blending a range of chemicals, products and substances. They have many applications in various industries like pharmaceuticals, food/beverage production and chemistry research as well as agricultural markets. Plastic mix tanks — also referred to as poly mix tanks or plastic mixing containers — are garnering increasing popularity due to the numerous benefits they present compared to metal tanks.
This article is your guide to the many advantages and uses of plastic mixing tanks, as well as a variety of selections featured at Tank Depot.
Advantages of Plastic Mix Tanks
There are several reasons why industries are increasingly adopting plastic mix tanks, including:
One of the key advantages of plastic mix tanks is their resistance to corrosion. Unlike metal tanks that may rust, corrode or degrade over time, plastic mix tanks maintain their structural integrity even when exposed to harsh chemicals and environments. This makes them an ideal choice for industries dealing with corrosive substances.
Lightweight and Easy to Handle
Plastic mix tanks are generally lighter than their metal counterparts, which simplifies transportation, installation and handling. The reduced weight also contributes to lower costs associated with shipping and storage.
Plastic mix tanks can be easily customized to meet specific industry requirements, such as adding heating or cooling systems, agitators and various fittings. This flexibility enables businesses to easily find the right mix tank solution for their particular needs.
Durability and Longevity
Crafted from resilient materials such as polyethylene and polypropylene, high-quality plastic mix tanks are designed to stand up against the test of time. Not only do they provide impressive resistance to impact, abrasion and chemical attack, but the benefits also result in reduced maintenance needs and extended longevity.
Plastic mix tanks tend to be more affordable than stainless steel or other metal tanks. The lower initial investment, coupled with reduced maintenance and replacement costs, makes plastic mix tanks a budget-friendly choice for many businesses.
Disadvantages of Plastic Mix Tanks
Despite the numerous benefits of plastic mix tanks, it’s important to acknowledge a few potential drawbacks:
- Constructed from polyethylene and PVC, tanks of this type are created to survive between -40°F and 160°F. This temperature range is suitable for most conditions, yet if you experience temperatures beyond these limits, then another kind of tank may be required.
- Plastic mix tanks can be susceptible to damage from UV rays, which can cause them to crack or become brittle over time. It is essential to ensure that the plastic material used in the mix tank has UV stabilizers or inhibitors (like that provided by Tank Depot) in order to minimize this risk.
Tank Depot’s Plastic Mix Tanks
Tank Depot has a wide range of plastic mix tanks that cater to various applications and industries. We’ve highlighted some popular options:
Cone Bottom Tanks
These poly mixing tanks have a conical bottom, which facilitates complete drainage and is ideal for applications that require frequent tank cleaning or involve sedimentation. They are available in various capacities, ranging from 15 gallons to 1,490 gallons.
Cylindrical Storage Tanks
Horizontal Leg Tanks
Horizontal leg tanks are designed for transportable applications and feature molded-in legs and durable tie-down bands. These poly mix tanks are perfect for agricultural or industrial applications that require mobility. They are available from 125 gallons to over 6,000 gallons.
Double Wall Tanks
Double wall tanks provide enhanced safety and leak protection, which makes them an excellent choice for applications where potential leaks may pose significant risks or environmental concerns. These plastic mixing tanks are available in capacities ranging from 15 gallons to 12,500 gallons.
Open Top Tanks
Open-top tanks provide easy access for mixing, blending and cleaning. They can be customized with various accessories, such as lids, covers or agitators, to suit different requirements. Tank Depot’s open-top tanks come in sizes starting from 2 gallons up to 6,800 gallons.
Chemical Injection Tanks
For applications that require precise dosing of chemicals or other substances, Tank Depot offers a range of chemical injection tanks. These types of tanks are designed to maintain chemical compatibility to ensure accurate and consistent dosing.
Selecting the Right Plastic Mix Tank
When choosing a plastic mix tank, it is crucial to consider the specific needs and requirements of the application. Some factors to consider include:
Make sure to select a plastic mix tank made from a material that is compatible with the substances it will be storing and mixing. Consult material compatibility charts or guidelines to determine the appropriate tank material.
Choose a tank with the appropriate capacity for your application. Consider the maximum volume of substances to be mixed and any additional space needed for mixing, agitation or expansion.
Ensure the chosen plastic mix tank can withstand the operating temperatures of the substances being mixed and stored.
Accessories and Customization
Identify any additional features, such as heating or cooling systems, agitators or fittings that are required for your specific application. Tank Depot offers a range of customizable options to cater to various needs.
Compliance and Regulations
Make sure the selected plastic mix tank meets any industry-specific regulations and standards, such as FDA compliance for food and beverage applications or chemical storage requirements.
Tank Depot Specializes in Plastic Mix Tanks for Multiple Applications
Tank Depot carries a wide range of plastic mixing tanks, from cone bottom tanks to chemical injection tanks for different needs. Our extensive line of plastic and fiberglass tanks are available for water storage, septic systems and other uses.