WEIGHT SAVINGS AND INCREASED PAYLOAD WITH COMPOSITE TANK CONTAINERS
With the increasing competition in European road and intermodal transport, all transportation carriers are looking for opportunities to increase payload and reduce freight cost. Den Hartogh Logistics has introduced in its fleet operations a new type of composite tank containers, that allows reducing freight cost per trip by 5 to 10 %. These composite containers have been developed by Tankwell (Netherlands), using Atlac® 5200 FC resin from Aliancys.
Bulk tank containers used for intermodal transport should be as light as possible, in order to accommodate the maximum amount of freight inside. At the same time, they need to be strong and durable, so they are safe to use for a 15 to 20 years working life with minimal maintenance and repair.
STRONG AND RELIABLE
Tankwell (based in Wieringerwerf, Netherlands) introduced in 2015 a novel technology for manufacturing high quality composite tank containers. “The entire tank is made in one filament winding step, instead of the traditional method of combining separate end-caps onto a circular filament wound core. This means the wall thickness of the composite tank is lower than for comparable composite tank structures.” explains Casper Willems, Managing Director of Tankwell. “For our tank containers an external frame is incorporated in the overall design, resulting in an assembly with excellent rigidity and mechanical integrity. The manholes, valves and auxiliary components are still standard parts in metal and are nicely integrated in the composite structure.”