Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

A site in Indiana requested a TankCam inspection to discover the source of a water ingress. A Tanknology technician determined that the source of the ingress was a broken spill bucket, and also found severe corrosion on the tank top and walls.

Want more information on corrosion in diesel tanks?

Check out this Fuel Marketer News article by Brad Hoffman, our VP of Engineering and Research & Development.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

This week, we explore how a leaking submersible turbine pump affected an Ethanol 85 tank in Texas.

Follow Tank Trouble Tuesday for more STP problems, and learn more about TankCam inspections on our website.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Today, our Tank Trouble Tuesday series features a standard water ingress investigation on an Illinois tank.

It can be difficult to pinpoint the source of an ingress, and also to isolate the leak inside the tank. Getting a good look at what's happening inside your tank is often invaluable for evaluating the problem.

Learn more about the inspection process here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

The structure of your tank bottom can effect the way your ATG probe detects fuel and water. 

The TankCam inspection on this Georgia tank found residual fuel trapped at the tank bottom between the welds and striker plate-- one of the many benefits of a visual inspection of the tank. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Throughout the Tank Trouble Tuesday series, we've seen that breaches in double walled tanks are often first detected by interstitial monitoring.

Further investigation can be difficult, but a TankCam inspection is an excellent tool for examining the cause of an interstitial alarm and pinpointing the leak, as in the Florida tank below.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

During a routine TankCam inspection to evaluate the state of each of their tanks, a site in North Carolina discovered that the STP system in their diesel tank was damaged and affecting the tank's ATG.

What other kinds of "troubles" can a TankCam inspection reveal?
Read more on our website or follow our weekly Tank Trouble Tuesday series. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Recently, we confirmed a leak in this steel clad compartmentalized tank in Florida.

Though the tank was emptied of fuel, sludge and debris on the tank bottom made it difficult to exactly pinpoint the leak. It is evident that there was a crack in the interstitial pipe or at the weld between the interstitial pipe and tank bottom, which we have observed to generally be a weaker point of steel clad tanks.

Could your diesel tank use a TankCam inspection? Learn about the varied applications on our website

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tanknology Executive Vice President of Sales, Richard Schnabel, announces retirement

J. Richard Schnabel    
Austin, TXTanknology Inc. announced today that J. Richard Schnabel, the company’s Executive Vice President of Sales, will be retiring at the end of this month.

Schnabel is a 40-year petroleum industry veteran, with experience encompassing dispensers, POS systems, general petroleum equipment, construction services and environmental compliance services. He has worked in senior sales management at Tanknology for the past 20 years.

“It is hard to put into words how much we will miss Richard, both within Tanknology and in our industry,” said Allen Porter, Tanknology’s President and CEO. “He has had extraordinary impact on our company over the past 20 years. As an unfailing advocate for our customers, there is no doubt he has made us a better company.

“All of us, his co-workers at Tanknology, his loyal customers throughout the country and his colleagues in the broader petroleum industry, will miss working with Richard. He has earned our deep respect and our friendship, which will live on for many years to come.”

Schnabel’s first roles in the industry were with Tokheim Corp., where he spent 15 years in total. Beginning in 1987 he served as eastern district, then eastern region manager before becoming Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Tokheim’s Financial Card Systems Inc. and then President of Sunbelt Petroleum. Post-Tokheim, he then spent three years as President of Tennessee Petroleum Equipment Co., and five years directing sales at Omega Environmental.

Schnabel’s roles at Tanknology over the past 20 years evolved from running the company’s construction services subsidiary to ultimately directing sales efforts as Executive Vice President of Sales.

Commenting on his 40-year career in the petroleum equipment services industry, Schnabel said, ”It has been such an exciting industry to be a part of for these past 40 years. The advances in technology and the development and evolution of regulatory requirements have made it an enjoyable, fast-pace business to be a part of. I’ve worked with so many great people over the years, many of whom remain close personal friends. I will miss this business and all the wonderful people I’ve had the good fortune to work with.”

While Schnabel will continue with the company for the foreseeable future as a part-time consultant, his last official day with Tanknology will be May 26. An avid and accomplished race car driver, currently with his 1974 Fiat 124 Spider, Schnabel will likely be found enjoying his retirement in vintage national races throughout the eastern U.S.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

How do you sample your fuel tanks?

The sediment and debris build up on the bottom of this Texas tank had been washed away from the striker plate by fuel deliveries. A traditional bottom sample from the fill riser may have inaccurately shown clean fuel, masking the sediment at the tank bottom.

To address the sediment and debris buildup seen in this tank we would recommend our FuelPure services or another form of tank cleaning

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

The inspection of this tank in California revealed a hole about 27 inches above the tank bottom-- the source of the diesel ingress detected in the dry interstitial space. 

Identifying the cause of an interstitial alarm is one of the many applications of a TankCam inspection

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

TankCam inspections can be valuable not only for inspecting your tank, but also its components. 

We occasionally see leaking STPs due to a bad gasket. Whether it is missing, cracked or otherwise broken, it is an indication that your pumping system is not operating as well as it could be.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

When you detect a water ingress in your underground storage tank, getting a view of what's happening in your UST can be very valuable.

Using state of the art video technology and a certified Tanknology technician, TankCam inspections can pinpoint the source of water ingresses or outgoing leaks.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

The presence of excessive water in your UST can cause problems not only to your customer's car, but also to your tank itself. Corrosion and microbial growth are only a few of the risks.

With that in mind, a few ways to prevent water from entering your UST include: 

  • Removing standing water, ice, or snow from around tank fill covers
  • Verifying that tank vents have rain caps
  • Avoiding prolonged periods of low tank volume to minimize water formed by condensation.

Read more water prevention tips in this Fuel Marketer News article. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

The EPA released a report on ultra-low sulfur diesel tanks last July, and its effects are still resonating across the industry.

If you have a fueling system with ultra-low sulfur diesel, there is a good chance that it is corroded. Luckily, we can help. 

We did the fieldwork for the EPA study and are here to answer any of your questions, and offer you the same services provided during the study.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Identifying the cause of a water ingress is one of the many uses of a TankCam inspection

As water ingresses can be caused by a variety of factors, many owners or operators appreciate having visual evidence of what's really happening inside their USTs.

The extensive corrosion found in the Missouri tank featured below is just one of many problems that TankCam could reveal in your UST. Follow our Tank Trouble Tuesday series to see more. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

A water ingress is a serious problem, but pinpointing the leak can be challenging. In this week's Tank Trouble Tuesday we explore a case where a hole in a vent line caused water to enter a double walled fiberglass tank.

The TankCam technician began the inspection by inserting the TankCam into the tank through the fill riser. After observing water entering through the Stage I riser, the technician inserted the TankCam into the Stage I riser. We were able to show the customer video evidence of water entering through the vapor pipe and draining down into the vapor tee, then into the tank.

Pinpointing a leak is one of the many applications of a TankCam inspection.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Every owner or operator of a UST knows the need for quick answers when an interstitial monitoring alert shows lost brine. However, identifying whether there was a breach in the inner or outer tank can be challenging. 

Emergency inspections from Tanknology can quickly pinpoint the cause of a leak, and assist you in making a decision on how to move forward. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Instead of pulling out a flashlight or a lighter, call us for a TankCam inspection to illuminate any potential problems in your UST.

These images were captured with our TankCam inspection service, looking through fuel to the bottom of the tank. TankCam inspections do not require that the tank be empty, and only need 24 inches of ullage space. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

A significant crack in the tank wall had allowed 36 inches of pea gravel to enter this single walled fiberglass tank in Kansas, compromising the quality of the midgrade fuel, and exposing the environment to potentially dangerous leaks. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Overfill protection is a vital safeguard for your UST system.

More information on the EPA regulations on overfill protection, effective October 13, 2018, can be found here.

For state specific requirements, contact your local Tanknology office. We can provide a precursory TankCam inspection, then test the functionality of your overfill protection system to local regulatory standards. 

Visit our website for more information on the benefits of a TankCam inspection

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

We're headed across the pond this week, with a post courtesy of LCM Environmental, our Tanknology licensee in the United Kingdom.

At this site in the UK, Petroscope inspections determined the cause of an alarm in one tank, and revealed the same problem in three other tanks at the site.

LCM offers PetroScope Inspections and VacuTect Tank Testing, among many other services. You can visit their web site at LCMenvironmental.com/PetroScope and LCMenvironmental.com/VacuTect to learn more.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

We have featured many highlights from TankCam visual inspections in this series, but our Petroscope camera is a valuable asset in the field as well. 

Though more time intensive than a TankCam inspection, the Petroscope system allows for a more detailed evaluation of your tank. 

As part of the evaluation process, the Petroscope video footage is provided to one of Tanknology’s NACE-certified corrosion engineers, who studies the findings and generates a detailed report on the condition of the tank.

You can read more about Petroscope inspections and other corrosion protection services on our website.

As always, watch for more #TankTroubleTuesday on our social media pages.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Is there a monster hiding in your tank? 

What kind of damage could it be doing?

TankCam inspections reveal monsters and other problems, big or small, in underground storage tanks. 

TankCam can also be coupled with Tanknology's multiple tank-washing methods to ensure a tank free of sludge and debris, including monsters.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Damage to tank linings can occur for a variety of reasons -- incorrect installation, poor surface preparation, or material incompatibility. 

TankCam inspections are an excellent way to evaluate the status of your lined tank.

Watch for more "Tank Trouble Tuesday" on our social media pages. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Though its use has declined in recent decades, kerosene remains a widely used fuel in northern states.

As these tanks in Pennsylvania show, kerosene tanks are susceptible to the same problems that affect gasoline or diesel tanks and should be inspected as well.

Watch for more #TankTroubleTuesday on our social media pages.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Sometimes life throws a wrench in your plans, and sometimes someone throws a wrench in your tank. 

To learn more about TankCam inspections, visit us here


Inventor of Tanknology’s VacuTect tank testing system dies at 99

The man who started it all for Tanknology has passed away. At age 99, Thomas Edwin (Ed) Adams, a lifelong Canadian, died Dec. 27 in Edmonton.

Ed invented our VacuTect® volumetric tank testing system, the primary method we use for the testing of underground fuel storage tanks (USTs), and the most popular approach to UST testing in the world.
Ed lived a varied and extraordinary 99 years. In addition to his foray into UST testing, he enlisted in the Canadian military during World War II, serving as an aerospace maintenance engineer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He received a special citation for his development of a method of training pilots in the safety of daylight hours to fly in blind flying conditions.

It was following his military service that Ed started a company, Dominion Instruments, which ultimately led him into the oil service industry. His company serviced a wide variety of industrial devices. During the Polio epidemic of the 1950s, he developed a safety-monitoring device for iron lungs. In the 1960s he developed pipeline transfer instrumentation and approaches to environmental monitoring.

In 1976 Ed founded Athabasca Research Corp, where he developed the VacuTect process, the UST leak detection system that Tanknology and our licensees around the world utilize to this day.

Ed’s tank testing business spawned a division of Athabasca, which he named Tanknology. The Tanknology of today acquired that division and all of its assets and patents, from Athabasca in 1986 to found the current company in the U.S. in Austin, Texas in 1988.

Here at the end of Ed's amazing life, all of us at Tanknology salute the inventor of our primary technology. We have been fortunate to make his creation the most utilized tank testing system in the world, a fact we know made him proud. We send our heartfelt condolences to Ed’s large family in Canada.

You can read Ed's complete obituary here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Many things can go wrong in tanks. This tank in Texas exemplifies many of those issues-- a breach that has caused water to continuously enter the tank, peeling resin, blistering, corroded bungs, and discoloration. 

Visit our website to learn more about TankCam inspections and aging fiberglass tanks.

Watch for more "tank troubles" Tuesdays on our social media pages.