Category: Stainless Steel Tanks

5 Key Advantages of Horizontal Steel Storage Tanks

Steel tanks aren’t one-size-fits-all. Oftentimes, this means having to spend time researching tanks to determine what shape and size is right for your storage and transportation needs. While a vertical tank may make sense in some situations, there are other circumstances where a horizontal stainless steel storage tank wins out. Let’s take a look at some of the prime advantages of a horizontal storage tank.

Horizontal steel storage tanks sitting on the first floor of a factory.

Horizontal steel storage tanks offer many advantages, including being more efficient and more affordable to transport.

1. Easy Mobility and Transportation

Horizontal tanks are often used within the agricultural and beverage industries because they are best suited for storing liquids like water and chemicals. Thanks to their shape, horizontal steel storage tanks are much easier to transport and move than vertical tanks. This easy mobility makes horizontal tanks very appealing for those who need to house or transport liquids on a regular basis.

2. Height is No Longer a Factor

If you’re facing height restrictions in your plant, factory, or vehicle, a vertical tank may cause more trouble than it’s worth.… Read more

Buying New vs. Used Food Grade Stainless Steel Tanks for Expanding Businesses

A production manager and her assistant evaluate the performance of used stainless steel tanks and equipment.

So, you’ve just landed a private label or contract manufacturing account for a new client who wants to ramp up quickly. Or, maybe you’re a local craft beer or specialty food company who produces its own products. Either way, when business starts booming, you need to be able to answer the call or risk opportunity passing you by for the company down the street. That means you’re going to need food grade stainless steel tanks and other processing equipment so you can meet demand.

In this post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of purchasing used stainless steel tanks versus new stainless steel tanks (food grade, of course) versus new stainless steel tanks direct from a manufacturer.

Option 1: New Stainless Steel Tanks

At Zwirner Equipment, quality reconditioned stainless steel tanks and other food processing equipment is what we do. However, we’re not here to tell you that buying your equipment from us is your only option.… Read more

Reconditioning Stainless Steel Storage Tanks, Processing Tanks & Single Shell Tanks

What is reconditioning? If you have asked this question before, you have probably gotten different answers. Here at Zwirner Equipment, we provide an extensive and diligent reconditioning process. Our reconditioning process goes beyond a new coat of paint. We also have tailored our process based on the type of equipment we are reconditioning. In this blog post, we are going to explain how we recondition Storage Tanks, Processing Tanks and Single Shell Tanks.

When you purchase a reconditioned stainless steel tank from Zwirner Equipment, it includes the following services:

1. Pressure Testing of the Heat Transfer Service: The heat transfer surface is used for heating or cooling. It is important to ensure that the pressurized jacket does not leak because leaking can cause improper heating or cooling of your product. Therefore, we conduct an initial pressure test to ensure there are no leaks in the jacket (Not applicable to Single Shell tanks).… Read more

Choosing the Right Stainless Steel Tank: Part 3 – Agitation


Photo courtesy of DCI, Inc.

One of the most common questions we get at Zwirner Equipment is “which stainless steel tank do I need?”

In our last two blog posts, which are Part 1 & 2 of this 3-Part series, we discussed how to choose the right stainless steel tank for your application based on shape and space and heating and cooling. In this post, we are going to discuss how to choose the right tank based on agitation needs.

Do you need agitation?

Agitation is the action of stirring, mixing or moving a product within a vessel. It is used primarily to keep your product moving. Almost all products that use heating and/or cooling will need some form of agitation. Components of agitation always include a shafted blade, gearbox and motor, which can be customized to the speed you need to mix. These components must fit the RPM and horsepower that is required to achieve a higher or slower rate of speed and torque.… Read more

How to Choose the Right Tank for Your Application Part 2: Heating & Cooling

Photo courtesy of DCI, inc.

Photo courtesy of DCI, inc.

One of the most common questions we get at Zwirner Equipment is “which tank do I need?”

In our last blog post, which is Part 1 of this series, we discussed the importance of shape and space when choosing the right tank for your application. Shape and space are just the beginning to choosing the right stainless steel tank. In this blog post, we will discuss how to determine the right tank for your application based on your heating and cooling needs.


Heating exchange surfaces come in three forms; steam, hot water or an internal heating element. When choosing the right tank, you have to make sure you have an appropriate PSI rating to achieve the desired result (for jacketed tanks only). To begin, there are two questions to ask:

  1. How much surface area do you need to heat?
  2. How quickly do you need the product heated?
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