Tom Kamp uses a five-ton hoist in the number one bay to lift the bolt-on front head into place on a piston tank trailer. Piston Tank Corporation is now assembling its patented viscous-product trailers at a new 10,000-sq-ft facility in South Roxanna IL.
Members of the Piston Tank Corp team include [front row from left] Mike Murphy, Korey Duncan, and Lance Dillinger. [Back row] Anthony DeJohn, Robert Schilli, Dan Costello, Tom Kamp, and Chris Duncan.
Piston Tank Corp's new facility provides plenty of room for piston trailer assembly and was designed with energy efficiency in mind.
Tom Kamp and Chris Duncan move the dished head of a tank piston into place with the overhead in the clean room. Pistons are assembled in a contaminant-free environment at the company's new assembly shop.
Anthony DeJohn points out the laser sending unit housed in the front head of a piston tank trailer. Laser or radar tracking are used to ensure operators know exactly where the piston is at all times during loading and unloading.
A digital readout on this control box is part of the laser tracking system that is used to monitor piston location in the trailer.
Viscous cargoes are bottom loaded into piston tank trailers, and outlets up to eight inches in diameter can be specified.
While shippers and consignees supply a transfer pump for viscous products at their facilities, a few piston tank trailers are outfitted with pumps.