Milton Keynes-based SR-TEK (www.smartreservoirs.com
), a manufacturer of feed systems including pressure and pressureless tanks, agitated systems and pumps has launched the CT Series clear pressure tanks which can reduce R&D time by allowing engineers and scientists to observe reactions and make changes in real-time. Composed of toughened Borosilicate glass or acrylic, the new pressure tankss can be pressurised up to four bars, come in 0.5L, 2L, 5L and 10L sizes and are the only commercially available transparent pressure vessels.
More than 150 have already been sold for use in R&D with a further 250 being used in the manufacture of automotive and electronic parts, for precision dispensing of adhesives and sealants and lubricant spraying.
Loris Medart founded the business in 2014 following a 15-year career in the fluid industry having become frustrated with the limited functionality of existing vessels. He said: “All too often I would find that complex manufacturing systems were let down by pressure tanks that were no more complex or refined than a giant paint pot.
“This was fine for 1970s style mass production when fluids were simple and cheap, but proves costly and unproductive in the modern era of small-batch, agile manufacturing and high-cost composite fluids.
“To combat this we’ve created a range of carefully engineered small and large scale vessels that reduce fluid waste, improve efficiency and are cost-comparative to existing models.”
Mr Medart added: “The CT Series takes this to a higher level by allowing developers, engineers and manufacturers to monitor and adjust conditions in real-time, halving development and testing time and speeding up maintenance and monitoring.”
The CT Series is made from stainless steel 303 (316 available on request), Acrylic or toughened glass and can be fitted with detection, monitoring and agitation.
Major global manufacturers including ABB, BMW, Mitsui Components, Teledyne, Johnson & Johnson, and Morgan plc are already making use of the transparent pressure vessels.
To find out more and download a free product specification visit: www.smartreservoirs.com/products/clear-pressure-tanks