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Publication Date: 11/1993
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How to clean your storage vessel quickly and safely

Has your storage vessel been discharging chunks instead of a steady flow of material? Or does discharge sometimes stop altogether? If you're experiencing problems like these, it's time to clean material buildup out of your vessel and get your operation back on-line. This article discusses a way to clean your storage vessel quickly and safely, with sections on when and how to clean the vessel, how to get an accurate cost estimate, control cleaning costs, and select a cleaning firm, and how to reduce the need for cleaning. Related information gives some practical tips for inspecting and repairing your storage vessel.

Many powder processors and handlers overlook or ignore material flow problems in silos and other large storage vessels, such as bins and bunkers. Why? Commonly, they believe that as long as some material is flowing from the vessel, there's no flow problem. Yet even when some material is flowing, the vessel can be operating inefficiently because of material buildup, reducing plant productivity and profitability

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