In every day manufacturing you may find that you need a feed tank for your operation. Selecting the right feed tank will depend on what you are producing, as well as the quantity and timeline for production. While your engineering team will have a large say in helping you determine which feed tank fits your needs, here are a few items to consider when you get started.
Differences in Function
It is important to consider your feed water tanks as a part of the whole in your manufacturing process. It is not just one individual piece of equipment that runs independently. As such, you need to keep in mind how it will be interacting with other parts. This will help you to determine the size, temperature output, and general efficiency of the machine.
In general, feed tanks are used to help the boiler in your plant run. It is an essential unit for this process. However, depending on your boiler, you will need a feed tank that runs operates at specific temperatures. A feed tank may fluctuate between 155 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit when it holds the water before it is moved to the boiler. Different units may fluctuate by a few degrees.
Just like cars, laptops, and other everyday purchases, different types of feed tanks will have varying maintenance needs. It is vital to monitor your feed tank’s operation and output to watch for any issues you may encounter. For example, a feed tank that is used at a higher output than it was designed for may require more maintenance than one that is purchased and used for the right output levels. The maintenance may include working on the return lines, venting, or protective controls on the unit. Different types of tanks used for different functions will have varying implications for potential future maintenance. Consider this as part of your cost when deciding on a final purchase.
General Operating Costs
As you consider different feed tank options you should consider what your operating costs are for your plant. Considering your costs for daily operations and what the required output is will help you to strike the right balance when selecting a feed tank.
Just as you would with selecting any vital piece of equipment, it is important that you think about the options and consult with your team of experts. Consider these four factors before making the final call and moving forward with your selection.