UL 2085 Fireguard tanks & installation Houston Texas – new series

Hi everyone- we are back on topic for UL 2085 tanks due to the demand of questions coming in.  As we understand; the city of Houston Texas has new regulations that may now point to the use of Fireguard UL2085 storage tanks for the safe storage of Diesel and or Gasoline.

blogdrawing11-2155[1]1We have been hard at work here in Houston, Galveston, and San Antonio; helping you meet specifications, understand the permits required, and guide you as to how to propertly executive the projects to get you back in compliance.

We though it was important to generate a guide for those looking for answers as to how to get back with the correct type of storage tanks (UL142, UL2085 Fireguard)

The intial set of answers that we always require are as follows, this helps us determine jurisdiction and the permit process.

1. List City and County of where project is to be located.

2. Do you require permitting, off loading, and or training?

3. Do you have a specific type of requirement on dispensing equipment?

4. Is there a fuel management system alreay in place where we would need to tie into?

The following series is meant to serve as a guide to:

1. What is a UL2085 tank?

2. What is on the tank (accessories),

3. Dispensing systems,

4. Permits

5. Installation

6. Service

So, enjoy the following short video at the bottom, on a recent small installation and stay tuned for the upcoming blog series.  As always, if you need to talk to one of us; please call us at 281-377-5845 or email us at info@transliquidtechnologies.com

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The Av gas and Jet A fuel transfer pump guide package – Part II

Happy Monday folks!  On our previous post we discussed the DC portable transfer pump for Aviation (Jet A and avgas).  This is part II of this mini series concentrating on the following:

  • AC power transfer pumps  -explosion proof-
  • Filtration systems
  • Filtering your Aviation fuel if sitting for longer periods.

So let’s get started:

Question: I need a Jet A pump to fill up our Helicopters giving us 40-50 GPM, what options do I have?

The set up is a remote area where a 1000 gallon UL 2085 will be the main work horse to store the Jet A fuel.

TRANSFER PUMP

The pump is an AC Power Blade Master series 1562 explosion proof transfer pump; this versatile pump can handle Jet A, avgas, JP5, JP8 Aviation fuel.  The highlights are as follows:

  • Explosion Proof Junction Box
  • 1.5 HP Explosion Proof UL Listed
  • Engineered to Operate Dry and/or Self Priming
  • Transfer pump for Aviation fuels at 45 GPM

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Download the specification sheet now, click here.

 

 

 

FILTRATION HOUSINGS

We always recommend a good filter and Velcon is what we have always installed for Aviation. These filter housings are versatile housings designed for use with several different high performance Aquacon® and other filter cartridges.

Aquacon® cartridges filter out water by chemically locking it into layers of super-absorbent media. Water capacity is as much as 11/2 quarts, depending on the specific vessel and cartridge. These cartridges also effectively filter out dirt, rust and other particulates.

 

 

 

FILTER ELEMENTS

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Concerned about removing water and dirt from Jet A fuel and avgas? These filter elements have a unique high-capacity inner filter media which removes all free and emulsified water from hydrocarbon fuels down to less than 5 ppm in the effluent. Absorbed water is chemically locked into this media.

When do I know it is time to change the cartridge? – When a cartridge reaches its water holding capacity, its accordion pleats swell and cause an increase in the differential pressure which signals the operator to change the cartridge.

 

Question: What happens if my Jet A fuel will sit for months, how do I filter it?

The beauty about this set up is that the same pump that is being use to push product out to the aircraft (Blade master 1562) can be set up to come on automatically and filter the fuel inside your tank.

How do we do that? During installation, we will adapt a return line back into the tank, we will also fit the pump set up with an automatic timer so that the pump will come on at your specified time interval.

Looking for more information on UL 2085 or F921 storage tanks for Jet A or avgas, go to our tank section by clicking here.

If you have any further questions on how this fully automated set up will work; please do not hesitate to contact us . . . .or call us at +1-281-377-5845

 

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How long can I store Jet A fuel in a UL 2085 storage tank?

Good morning friends and happy Monday. Since we are on a string of blog posts about Jet A fuel and its handling and storage; we wanted to squeeze this entry about the longevity of Jet A fuel in either a UL 2085, F921 tanks.

jet_a_fuel_tanksMost of you are either upgrading your current set up, expanding your above ground storage tanks, or simply just getting started.  Recently the question came up regarding the long term storage of Jet A fuel; so we dug around a bit; talked to a few fuel providers and were able to get some answers.  As we know, Jet A fuel is is a kerosene Type of fuel with a relatively high flash point (100F) with an autoignition temperature of (410F), all this translates into the fuel being safer to handle than avgas.

 

So, how long can you store Jet A fuel in standard above ground storage tanks?

The question centered around a 2-3 year target period; we found a great blog entry Ben Visser who is a fuel and Lubes expert and here is where we start:

“The main concern with Jet A is the water phase. In all large storage tanks, water is present or will form due to condensation. In large flat-bottom storage tanks, the water drain is designed to be the lowest point in the tank. However, after a short time the bottom settles and the water drain no longer drains all the water from the tank.

Two things happen in the water phase. First, any surface active ingredients in the fuel will migrate to the water. These surfactants are things like fuel injector detergents, pipeline additives, etc. As they acuminate, they can get to a high enough concentration that they will disarm the filter separator, which can allow a slug of water through the system and into an aircraft.

The other big problem with the water in Jet A is that when it sits,jet_a_picture small microbes or little bugs start to grow and multiply very quickly. These bugs can then be pumped with the fuel into the tanks of an aircraft. If they are not removed quickly, they multiply very rapidly and can literally start to eat the tank for lunch. If they go unchecked, in a very short time the tank will be ruined and need replacement. This is a very expensive procedure for most aircraft.” —> You are welcomed to read the rest of the article here.

So, as you can see, there is a bit of homework that needs to be done if you are planning on storing Jet A fuel for a long time.  What we are doing here is simply raising a flag so that you can be aware of these possible challenges before diving into; and if you need to talk to anyone one of us here at Transliquid; please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to walk you through the process. Click the link to our main contact us page or call us direct at +281-377-5845

Last, Ben also discussed a product called ‘Prist”, apparently this is an additive to Jet A fuel; check it out and you decide. Follow this link .

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The AV gas and Jet A fuel DC transfer pump guide – Part I

We have been wanting to start this series for a while now; and I believe we are at a good point where we can highlight several key points that you need to consider when looking at Aviation fuel transfer pumps. Often, we get the questions where a need to set up multiple sites with above ground storage tanks, such as our standard set up for Jet A including the workhorse UL 2085 and the F921, both Double Wall for Aviation fuel, with a very unique portable pump package.

The need to have not only portable systems, but also cost effective and durable AV gas and Jet A transfer pumps; is now available in a compact package carrying a big punch.

What we would like to do is start with the standard set up, and explain each component and show you how the package comes together beautifully.

The question is “I need an aviation fuel transfer pump that can draw power from a battery” –> Now, the underlining reason is simple; portability, right?  if you are wanting to stay away from the traditional AC Power transfer pumps for either Jet A or AV gas; then this is the portable set up:

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Let’s meet this little guy, and don’t let its size fool you because the spec’s make it a very desirable set up:

Model: AV1003IFDC

 1″ NPT, 12 VDC 1 HP Continuous Duty – Explosion-Proof26 GPM at 20 PSI, 20′ of 10 Gage Power Cord, Velcon VF-61 Filter Canister, and 3/4″ Powder- coated Tube Frame to Accommodate Velcon filter canister. This set up has been very successful outside the US where DC power is the only available choice.

The package continuos with the recommended differential pressure gauge:

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What does this do? –> When the needle is in the green zone of the gauge during normal flow, the differential pressure is less than 15 psid across the installed element, and the element does not need to be changed out.

When the needle is in the red zone, the differential pressure is more than 15 psid and the element should be changed out. Simple !

Last, the trusted source for Aviation filters, Velcon.

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Velcon aviation fuel filter element

Free and emulsified water removal to less than 5 ppm / 1/2 micrometer particle removal / Provides protection against “slugs” of water / Pressure increases signals need for cartridge change / use with existing filter housing.

 

 

 

 

So, that is it; options include an Aviation flow meter, wireless Av gas or Jet A tank telemetry/monitors… You are ready to go!!  This set up is good for Jet A fuel, AV gas, JP8, and JP5.

Refueling your aircraft has never been so easy; giving you flexibility, portability, and continuos duty cycle.

Want to see it in action? Click our Transliquid TV icon below. 

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Questions?  Please contact us here or call us at 281-377-5845 and a member of of our team will be more than happy to discuss your needs.

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Emergency mobile fuel dispensers- transfer pumps, trailers, DOT ready

We are changing gears a bit here on blog, focusing on equipment based on several great questions that have come in.

So, if you live along the Gulf Coast area; you know that hurricane season is fast approaching and we all scramble for emergency systems for diesel and emergency mobile units.  We have been developing a few systems of our own with the line of UL 2085 Tanks in Texas, and Louisiana, but now adding a new line of diesel mobile / portable tank emergency systems.

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Here is a line of interesting questions we received recently:

Q- Do you include UL-142 tanks for emergency mobile dispenser trailers?

A- No, we do not use UL 142 tanks for these type of applications. A UL 142 tank is an above ground tank and not permitted for a mobile application.

Q- So, if you do not use a UL 142 tank, what do you recommend for a mobile diesel application?

A– These tanks are built with dished ends and full wall baffles to prevent the motion of fuel from knocking out the end walls.  Built to DOT specifications for baffle to end wall distance, no skip welds, and triple venting systems.

Q- Do you use torsion axles on your trailer suspension?

A- Shackle suspension or torsion axles are not allowed. Simply, because they are not durable for the application and would keep the emergency fueling unit to go off road.

Q- What about pin connections?

A- A 7-pin connector plug is used to run lights, breaks, pumps, etc.. This set up is much more durable and can easily handle the power requirements of running the pumps, and lights without a problem.

Q- What fuel platforms are you supporting?

A– Our TransMobile Diesel Refueling Unit includes platforms for diesel, gas,
aviation fuel, E-85, biodiesel, and other fuel products
meeting Class 3 combustible requirements. Designed to 
improve refueling operations with onsite mobility, all
 these fuel trailer solutions are manufactured to meet or 
exceed DOT standards for lights, brakes, reflectors, 
safety equipment, load capacity, decals, and signage

It is not just about having a tank that you can move from one place to another, but about having a Diesel storage unit, that can be transported safely, and securely meeting the appropriate guidelines.

If you still have more questions, please do no not hesitate to contact us; we will be more than happy to chat with you. 281-377-5845 or email us at info@transliquidtechnologies.com

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Diesel Exhaust Fluid Mini Bulk Fleet dispensers Texas – hot enough?

Folks – its been a very exciting first quarter for us and our DEF distributors. I do want to take the time to welcome our new subscribers and hope you will find our blog informative, fun and valuable to you and your customers.

brand_loyaltysmallWe have been involved in a lot of exciting online discussions all centering around Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). Topics range from difference in all the merging brands, regional pricing, and of course equipment. I do want to get back to the topic of DEF branding on a separate blog entry because it was very interesting to hear and discuss the perception of branding. That should be very interesting topic here, don’t you all think?

Anyway, back to topic. The question that keeps coming back lately for us here in the South is about temperature and how it impacts Diesel Exhaust Fluid. We are now, let’s see in the middle of April, and today was 89F already. So, the question begs, what do you do to help keep that temperature down for those of you already in amino bulk set up or considering it?

For those of you just starting to research Mini Bulk fleet dispensers for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF ), we will define what a Mini Bulk tank is: Transliquid defines IBC totes as intermediate bulk containers (275-330 gal for DEF) , DEF Mini Bulk range starts at 400 gallons of DEF up to 2000 gallons, and Bulk in upwards of the last benchmark.

Now to be fair, there are a lot of great products out there, so we are not going to get into who is better, we always say do your homework and search for that product that meets your specific need. Now, to the question about temperature; below is a cut away from our friends at KleerBlue along with a temperature test, illustrating this topic.

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400 gallon Mini Bulk Fleet

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Our recommendation for any one searching for information or ready to move up to a Mini Bulk set up but still concerned about temperature. Take these questions into consideration:

1. Are the tanks single, double, or triple walled?

2. What is the insulating factor?

3. Are the tanks under a roof or open to the sun?

4.What is the power requirement?

5. Do you offer installation services?

6. Any leaching problems from construction materials?

7. Any corrosion problems?

8. Standard Warranty?

9. Is your DEF supplier ready to stand behind their product?

10. This is an obvious one, but make sure that the all wetted parts meet ISO 22241-3:2008(E).

10.5 Know the shelf like of DEF? If unfamiliar, give us a shout.

 

KleerBlue and Transliquid always recommends shading the insulating tank and dispenser, and turning over your fluid as much as possible to keep your DEF solution at its optimum quality.

Don’t forget to download the free temperature test document, so head over here now. Hopefully that will put your concerns at rest.

 

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What is the smallest UL 2085 tank available out of Houston Texas?

Hi folks-  we have been receiving a number of calls on UL 2085 above ground storage tanks for the greater Houston area.  Some of the key questions center around quick availability for these UL 2085 Fireguard tanks while others center around capacity and field installation.

We thought these questions were important enough to get them on the blog.  Now, if you have a storage tank for either diesel or gasoline for your own internal use; chances are that you have a standard single wall tank with secondary containment (containment pan). What our customers are telling us is that they is a big push to get upgraded to a UL 2085 Fireguard tank, of course, this is subject to your local Fire Marshall and jurisdiction.

 

So, back to the first question:

“What is the availability of a 1000 gal UL 2085 Fireguard tank in Houston Texas, are they in stock?

Answer- Unfortunately these tanks are not in stock, they are only built to order.  Unlike a standard 1000 gal UL 142 storage tank that we do stock in Houston Texas; these UL 2085 require a lead time ranging from 6-8 weeks currently.

What is the smallest capacity UL 2085 that you can provide?

Answer- Great question.  Following is a list of standard sizes, notice we say standard sizes for a UL 2085 but we can provide any custom size that you require.  These sizes give you the best price delivered.

1. UL 2085 – 120 gallons. Size: 39″ dia x 60″ Long

2. UL 2085 –  150 gallons. Size: 42″ dia x 60″ Long

3. UL 2085 – 280 gallons. Size: 49″ dia x 72″ Long

4. UL 2085 – 360 gallons. Size: 54″ dia x 72″ Long

5. UL 2085 – 500 gallons. Size: 61″ dia X 72″ Long

6. UL 2085 – 1000 gallons. Size 76″ dia x 84″ Long

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Can you install these UL 2085 tanks?

Answer- No, we can deliver to site only and they can be off-loaded by your team.  These tanks can be manufactured and delivered to your site of choice in Texas.

So, there you have it; the smallest capacity (standard size) up to 1000 gallons.

If you need a spec sheet, General Arrangement, a quote; please do not hesitate to contact us, click here now.  Need to speak with a member of our sales team; call us today at 281-377-5845.

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AV gas transfer pumps, flow meters, and UL 2085 tanks – a quick guide

istock_000008983874xsmallWe have had some very good questions come in worthy of posting on our blog.  So, if you are distributing Aviation fuel (Av gas) or perhaps you are serving a small airport;  you may find yourself asking what is so special with regards to avgas pumps, flow meters, filters, and so on.

Let’s start with the basic question, what is Av gas? In simple terms, it is a super high octane fuel to power many aircrafts.

Wikipedia gets so deep into this definition so if you have the time, read on here.

 

Next, two very important questions?

1. Can I use any flow meter for Av gas?

2. Do I need an interior lining for a UL 142 or UL 2085 storage tank?

 

700_rotary_meterLet’s answer the first question:  can I use any flow meter for Avgas? No, you cannot use just any flow meter. Why? Av gas is a dryer fuel, the meter needs to be equipped special bearings – so when you call us, you need specify a SPA (Standard Petroleum + Aviation Gas).  That is truly the only difference but it needs to be specified.

 

 

 

Now, to the next question.  Do I need any special lining for AVgas in a UL 142 or UL 2085 listed storage tank?

The answer is, it depends. Lining a tank for AV gas is up to the end user. A liner for AV gas is not required but most customers want the option.  So we give you the options.

Last, we have been asked if a UL 142 storage tank is needed, or perhaps a UL 2085 storage?  Well, that question will be best answered by your local fire marshall or local authority, so please check with them.  We will be happy to email you spec’s and general arrangement drawings for final approval.

Either specification, the UL 142 or UL 2085, the tank interior needs to be buttwelded, sandblasted and lined for Jet Fuel.

The last part about fueling a small aircraft is to ask if your customer will be doing it overwing or underwing.  The following video demostrates an overwing refueling process.  The underwing set up creates a lot more pressure and requires a very different connection.  Make sure that is clearly specified.

If you have an application for Av gas, we have the package for you including:

Av gas transfer pump: 

1.5 HP Explosion-Proof 120v AC – Single Phase, Continuous Duty Cycle, with 45 GPM.   Warranty: Two (2) Years

Av gas ready flow meter:

1.5″ NPT, Aluminum, Standard Petroleum / Aviation, .2 -50 GPM (.76 – 189 LPM), 150 PSI (10.5 Bar), Mechanical Register (Measures 1/10th Gallons (9,999.9)), and Air Eliminator / Strainer. Warranty: Ten (10) Years

Filters

Filter Housing Model: VF-61

Filter Element Model: AD-51225

Looking for the PDF specifications on these components; Email us at info@transliquidtechnologies.com

As always, hope the information above was helpful.  Call us today at +1-281-377-5845 or E-mail us at info@transliquidtechnologies.com for more information. You can send us a message on our contact us page, we are ready to answer any of your questions.

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UL 142 and Diesel Exhaust Fluid – a new package is born

The UL-142 above ground fuel tank, is the work horse of most of our customers, and in this case we took the UL 142 design to a higher level by adding a heavy duty industrial insulation for a liquid product that easily hardens under a lower temperature range; the challenge was to be able to keep it fluid while staying away from the cost of adding heaters.

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On that same note; I have been recently asked about bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid and carbon steel storage tanks; and while initially the ISO 22241 standard for Diesel Exhaust Fluid calls for the incompatible approach with carbon steel tanks, there is now a new liner that we are offering through our group of partners that has been independently tested and proven to resist corrosion and does not contaminate Diesel Exhaust Fluid. This new epoxy internal liner can easily be applied into our cylindrical storage tanks for the bulk storage of Diesel Exhaust Fluid.

So, what you get is an above ground bulk storage tank that is heavily insulated; we know that heat plays a very important factor for the shelf life of DEF, coupled with a heating/cooling system, and an internal liner approved specifically for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). That is our new approach at delivering a quality, approved, and durable above ground storage solution that is still less expensive than a Stainless Steel tank but specifically tailored to meet the demands for the Diesel Exhaust Fluid market.
Enjoy the video and let us know what you think; your feed back is what lead us to develop this package.  Thank you !
  

 

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Wireless Tank Level Monitors, Houston Texas – Q/A

What is a wireless tank level monitoring system?

It is a cost efficient way where you can gain information on the amount of product inside your tank before you order or before you send someone to climb up on your tank. Understanding the cost of running out of product or allowing a customer to run out is crucial. These systems offer the flexibility of a complete wireless remote tank monitoring, now available to you.

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What are some of the benefits of a wireless tank level monitoring system?

1) The hardware automatically will wake up and check the product level inside your tank at set intervals. It will then send data that will get translated into a special graphical report on your computer screen; detecting critical set points, history, and forecast.

2) Your options to receive notifications are via email, text message.

3) Your reports can be scheduled for any time.

Do I need to purchase an expensive software to monitor my tanks?

No.  A software package purchase is not required. You have flexibility to login through a web portal with your own login name and password.

How difficult is it to install these units?

Units are simple to install.  First of all, a 1″ or 2″ NPT opening is needed on the tank, this is where the cable and sensor will fit through. One, you would place the hardware piece on the tank either mounted on the NPT opening. Two, run the cable and sensor through the opening. Three, activate the unit.  We will be there to help you activate it.

What if I need to monitor different locations?

The user interface (UI) inside the web portal will allow you to assign regions.  This will give you the flexibility to pull up your tank information by regions or all at once as desired.  By the same token, the UI will also allow you to set preferences as to whom is able to access and or see tanks in those regions.

How do I determine if my product will work with your Wireless tank level monitor system?

Leave that to us.  We offer different types of sensors depending on how the tank is set up and product specifications.  From ultra sonic sensors, to pressure sensors. All we need is the specifications of your tank, and the MSDS ( or general spec) of the product.

I will be changing products periodically, do I need to buy two units to monitor each product? 

No. Each one of the products have a specific gravity; so internally all that we do is adjust the settings so that the sensors can read the appropriate product.  Our customer service department will gladly make those adjustments as you change products inside your tank.

Does your system work through the GSM digital network?

Yes.  We provide wireless tank level monitors equipment for the GSM network.

From a maintenance perspective, how soon do I need to replace the batteries on the wireless tank level unit(s)?

The combination of solar power energy and/or  batteries only is available.  The average life of the batteries is 2 years. At this point you can purchase the batteries at your local store or we can ship you new ones.

Is the solution completely wireless?

Yes. this solution is 100% wireless; utilizing new technology, long life batteries and cellular networks. No other phone lines or outside power is required.

transliquid_meeting-resized-600 How do I get in contact with someone to start discussing my project?

We will be happy to discuss your project and guide you through it. You may call usat 281-377-5845 option #4, email us at info@transliquidtechnologies.com or schedule a Webinar tour.

We are very flexible…

 

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