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Why You Should Choose a Plastic Storage Tank

To follow up on our last piece, Why You Should Choose a Steel Storage Tank, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss when businesses in NJ and its surrounding areas should consider choosing plastic tanks for their storage needs.  One thing we know is that the contents being stored aren’t the only things businesses need to consider when evaluating what kind of tank is right for them.

Some industries need tanks that can withstand extremely high temperatures. Conversely, other companies need tanks that can store goods that need to be kept at low temperatures. In some instances, tanks need to be able to withstand beatings from external forces without giving way, cracking or breaking.

Storage is the name of the game for us here at Coastal Technical Sales. We help manufacturers and other businesses operating in industries across the board store their products. If you’re in the market for a new storage tank, consider the following benefits of plastic tanks to help you narrow down your search.

  1. Flexibility goes a long way in some industries, and plastic storage tanks are the most flexible of them all. Plastic storage tanks stand up to the stress of their environments well. When under duress, plastic tanks avoid cracking and breaking by conforming to stressors.
  2. Variability comes with plastic storage tanks, and that mustn’t be understated. Plastic storage tanks are great options for industries that produce a lot of liquid waste; chemicals and other hazardous materials stand no chance of harming plastic storage tanks because they are resistant to corrosion.
  3. Temperature is key when deciding which tank is best for you. If you need something to store cold material, or if you need to keep food or water clean, plastic tanks are a great option.
  4. Costs associated with installation and maintenance factor greatly into deciding what kind of storage tank you purchase. Luckily, plastic storage tanks are among the cheapest in these arenas. But that doesn’t mean they’re easy to compromise!
  5. Longevity matters no matter what you’re buying. Plastic storage tanks are renowned for how long they last.

All of our tank solutions here at Coastal Technical Sales conform to FDA standards. We’re also able to customize our tanks to help meet the specs of any businesses’ policies. If your company needs a plastic, fiberglass or steel tank in PA or its surrounding areas, check out the rest of our site more information about what we can do for you.





Why You Should Choose a Steel Storage Tank

Choosing the right storage tank can be a bit tricky, and there are a lot of things you need to take into account when doing so. Some of the practical questions you may ask yourself are:

  • How much can I spend?
  • What kind of tank can store my material at the best value?
  • How long will I need it to last?
  • How much of my resources will be needed for regular maintenance?
  • What are the safety codes I need to abide by?

There are other considerations that factor into this decision as well. The good news is that a steel storage tank will most likely satisfy them all!

Here at Coastal Technical Sales, we’ve been pairing businesses and managers with the perfect steel tanks in PA and its surrounding areas for almost 40 years. Over the course of that time, we’ve noticed that steel storage tanks are often the best choice for a number of reasons. So we thought we’d share some of the advantages of choosing a steel storage tank with you, because we know that upgrading or installing storage tanks isn’t easy.

1.       Longevity

Wouldn’t it be nice to install a storage tank and then never have to worry about replacing it? Well, you can. Stainless steel tanks are renowned for their longevity. In fact, it would not be unexpected if a stainless steel tank lasts over 100 years. These tanks are resistant to the elements, they don’t rust, they are fire-resistant and they are immune to the effects of UV rays, which means they never need to be painted.

2.       Cost

Price is always one of the most influential factors when it comes to most business decisions. And the business of storage tank installation is no different. However, welded steel storage tanks are a great option for the frugal because they are very low maintenance.

3.       Versatility

For those of us who need a reliable storage unit for temperature-sensitive material, carbon steel tanks are an excellent option. Carbon steel tanks can store products that are on either extreme of the temperature spectrum. These tanks are also the go-to for businesses that need to safely store flammable materials.

4.       Cleanliness and Contamination

In regards to hygiene, no other tanks compare to steel tanks. Steel tanks are very easy to keep clean, and the costs for doing so are nowhere near as high as they are for other materials. That isn’t just regarding their appearance, either. Steel tanks are the best choice for storing perishables, drinking water and food because nothing gets inside them. They are virtually impenetrable.

We hope this information was useful. If you have any other questions about steel or plastic tanks in NJ or PA, give us a call or check out some of the other information we have available here on our website.

Why Do Steam Traps Fail?

You know how important steam is in many heating processes, but have you ever thought about what happens to steam once it has been used? If you know the answer already, then you know how important steam traps are. Steam traps are like automatic valves that filter out used steam. The difference between used steam and unused steam is latent heat, which is the energy that created the steam in the first place. Steam condenses and becomes a condensate when it loses its latent heat. That condensate gets in the way and must be removed quickly because of the repercussions it can have on an operation’s efficiency. Steam traps need to be able to get rid of non-condensable gasses as well. The tricky thing about this process is that steam traps cannot leak any steam.

Steam traps aren’t perfect, either. Sometimes they malfunction. Why does this happen?

Here at Coastal Technical Sales, we know the importance of a good steam trap. So we thought it might be a good idea to share some common causes of steam trap failure.

  1. Dirt can come from many things, from corrosion to water minerals, and is the culprit in many, many steam trap malfunctions.
  2. Pressure surges can be caused by many things, like incorrect piping and sudden steam valve openings.
  3. Open traps can be quite costly in terms of wasted steam.
  4. Closed traps prevent condensate from draining.

There can be significant negative consequences in the event of a steam trap failure. Steam trap failures waste energy, raise safety concerns and, of course, create the costs associated with replacements, as well as the repairs for any other damages. If you are having trouble with your steam trap, you should consider reaching out to someone like Coastal Technical Sales to discuss replacing it.

Choosing the Best Actuator

At Coastal Technical Sales, we provide a variety of supplies including polyethylene tanks to P and electric and pneumatic actuators to the tristate area. We believe that along with selling an excellent product and providing the highest-quality services, we should take our operations a step further and provide our clients with education, too. Oftentimes our clients who aren’t in the tank and industrial supply business will express an interest in knowing about the function of the item they’re purchasing, so we’ve been providing some simple explanations about the workings of our various products on this blog. This month, we’ll be outlining the function of actuators, as well as the variety of types and models that are available for purchase from our location in Montgomeryville, PA.

What is the purpose of an actuator?

Actuators are designed to operate valves powered by air, hydraulic fluid,  or electrical current .

What kinds of actuators are there?

Actuators are classified by what kind of motion they make (linear or rotary).  Most actuators produce either rotational or linear motion; they can be powered by Electricity or compressed air.  At Coastal Technical Sales, we provide actuators to suit the required motions of a variety of machines, as well as actuators that are well-suited to different inputs of power. Here are just a few of the types of actuators we offer:

Solenoid Actuator – This type of actuator is used to manage compressed air valves; the solenoid will form a magnet within itself in order to power the actuator, which then shifts the workings of an air valve. The entire device can be powered by either air or electricity, and can be made to operate very quickly; these are one of the easiest types of actuators to install.

Pneumatic Actuators – This actuator uses compressed air (hence the name “pneumatic”), which it converts into motion, either linear or rotary. This type of actuator can be quite powerful, and is usually one of the cheaper ways of providing motion to a device. As it’s a simpler machine than many other means of performing the same action, it’s also safe and reliable.

Electric– This actuator uses electricity to operate the valve.  These are used mostly in the municipal marketplace.

From the Automax line, we supply pneumatic, solenoid and electric actuators, as well as limit switches, positioners and accessories; from Unitorq, we offer pneumatic and rack and pinion actuators, as well as limit switches, positioners, solenoids and various accessories. Along with actuators, Coastal Technical Sales provides valves and positioners, which are used to control the operation of the valve.

What are the different types of valves?

Here at Coastal Technical Sales, we offer a huge variety of products for industrial, commercial, chemical and pharmaceutical companies to fulfill their storage needs when it comes to tanks and the equipment they use. Last month, we wrote a little bit about the types of tanks we offer and the typical uses for each different material we typically construct tanks with; this month, we’ve done the same with our selection of valves. While some of our customers are just as well-versed as we are in the business of tanks, pipes, valves, actuators and steam traps, we’ve put together this brief guide to help others learn about the choices available to them from Coastal Technical Sales, Inc.

Ball Valves: this type of one-way valve is opened or closed by pressure on a ball (known as a “floating ball”) with a hole in it, which fits into an opening. When the ball is twisted (by a handle) to line the hole up with a flow of liquid, the valve is open; when it is repositioned so the hole is no longer aligned with the flow, the valve is closed. They are very durable and reliable, which makes them useful for shutoff applications.

Gate Valve: This valve works much like a gate or perhaps garage door, hence its name – a wedge is lowered or raised into or out of a pipe to either stop the flow of a liquid or gas or let it flow freely. It’s also called a sluice valve, presumably because of the way it “sluices” through liquids to cut off flow.

Butterfly Valve: A butterfly valve can turn a flow on or off, or regulate the amount of substance being released. When this type of valve is opened or closed, a disc mounted on a rod is turned to either block off flow or let it go through the pipe; it is named as such because the disks resemble the wings of a butterfly. With this type of valve, you can quickly turn a flow on or off, as well as regulate the amount of liquid passing through; rotating the actuator to which the disc is attached will let our more or less liquid, according to your needs.

Check Valve: Check valves usually have two ports, one where fluid can leave and another where it is able to enter; this type of valve is often found in households, as they are simple and able to operate without anyone controlling their action.

Diaphragm Valve: Also known as a membrane valve, this type of valve will have two or more ports and is made with a diaphragm on a “seat” that it closes in order to close the valve. This type of valve is an excellent choice for the bio-pharmaceutical industry because it is able to hold up against sanitizing methods.

Globe Valve: A somewhat complicated setup compared to the other types of valves, globe valves usually take the form of a plug that is screwed in to the seat of a baffle in order to close or shut a valve. The plug is usually screwed in via handwheel in manual valves, though they can be automated; the process of shutting such a valve is slower than other kinds of valves, but also holds quite firm.


For more information on our supply of wholesale and surplus valves in PA and NJ, be sure to visit our products pages or give us a call!