September 2019

Process Control and Instrumentation

Automatic gauging addresses tank farm challenges

Tank farms are often found on the premises of large refineries and petrochemical plants, or nearby.

Mallon, D., Endress + Hauser GmbH + Co.

Tank farms are often found on the premises of large refineries and petrochemical plants, or nearby. Operators of tank farms face several challenges, not the least of which are outmoded methods of measuring tank volume (FIG. 1). Older tank farms often work with outdated technologies, which can put their employees at risk and cause spills, leading to fines. Even newer tank farms can face the same problems if they do not have the right tank volume and level measuring systems in place. This article will examine these challenges, and then describe how automatic tank gauging addresses these issues. Tank farm challenges Safety concerns are priorities for tank farms. Over the last several years, m

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