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Lochinvar opens One-of-a-Kind Commercial Storage Tank Plant
1/1/1998
by Lochinvar

Lochinvar Corporation announces the opening of its state-of-the-art storage tank facility in Lebanon, Tenn. The 50,000 square foot plant will produce storage tanks for commercial, industrial and institutional use. This ASME certified plant will produce tanks varying in capacity from 200 to 5000 gallons, with high volume production in the 200 to 1000 gallon range. All tanks will be available with glass, epoxy or cement linings with jacketed and insulated or bare exteriors.

"The technology utilized in our production process is unequaled in the industry," said Al Gatlin, Lochinvar vice president of plant operations.

This technology begins with the cutting of the ASME steel. All tank openings are cut using an automated "fiber optic" laser which maintains tolerances closer than 1/4000th of an inch, shattering current industry standards. Once the tank shells are formed and openings cut, tank linings are applied using a programmable spraying arm, which uses a four-head spray nozzle to apply the lining evenly over the tank interior. The final step in the production process is the baking of the glass lining. Utilizing the largest indexing furnace in North America and a computer controlled temperature system, each tank is fired to create a molecular bond between the glass compound and the steel vessel. This furnace also includes a cooling tower to control the temperature the heated tanks are cooled at, which insures the integrity of the finished product.

"You just don't see this kind of automation in a storage tank plant today," said Gatlin. "Most tank plants are merely glorified blacksmith shops, where as we are using computer driven lasers. This is the storage tank plant of the future."

Lochinvar Corporation is a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency water heaters boilers, and storage vessels, ranging in capacity from small residential units to three-million-plus BTU models. Based in Nashville, Tenn., with facility centers in Detroit, Mich., Dallas, Tex., and Tampa, Fla., Lochinvar stocks equipment at all locations.
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