Autoclave Systems for the Wood and Rubber Industries

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 10/2/15 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.

The average person may be unfamiliar with autoclaves, ASME tanks and the automation software & systems that service these turnkey units.

However, autoclaves are absolutely crucial in manufacturing products we use every day.

But, to enjoy the benefits, it’s important to have an autoclave system that’s been designed, customized and built by a reputable manufacturer.

Tank Fab is the leading autoclave system and ASME tank provider in the U.S. and abroad.

We specialize in autoclave systems designed to preserve wood products, as well as those that vulcanize rubber products.

Wood autoclave systems

Tank Fab designs autoclaves that prevent wood products from insect and fungal decay – such as termites that eat wood or the black mold you find on wood products that are exposed to moist environments.

Some wood products that are preserved include:

  • The lumber used to build your homes, such as the foundation sill plates, the plywood used on its exterior, and the wood used to frame your walls.
  • The lumber you purchase at your local Lowes or Home Depot to build a deck, porch, boat dock, or outdoor wood furniture.
  • Utility poles used to supply the electricity to your home or business.
  • Railroad cross-ties used to support the train tracks that deliver agriculture goods to companies that produce the food you eat, metal to build the automobile you drive, and even the goods you use every day such, as furniture in your home or that shipment you just received from Amazon.

By treating these wood products with Tank Fab’s state-of-the-art autoclave systems, our clients create products that extend the life of the non-preserved wood products.

For example, in some areas of the United States, the expected useful life of an unpreserved utility pole is less than 3 years. A pole preserved with a wood preservative has an expected useful life of 30 to 40 years!

And who pays for these wood poles that carry the electricity to your home or business? Why you do in the cost of every kilowatt of electricity your home consumes.

Currently, there are an estimated more than 60 million utility poles in use within the United States. Imagine how much more your electric bill would cost if those poles had to be replaced every 3 years instead of 30.

By treating this wood with preservatives through a Tank Fab autoclave system, our clients ensures that these – and other wood products across the board – will be sturdy, cost-beneficial and enhance general safety.

Rubber autoclave systems

These autoclave systems vulcanize rubber, turning it into a hard, durable substance that’s used for many everyday items.

The use of an autoclave is used in the final steps of manufacturing these products into usable materials.

Some of the products our clients manufacture include:

  • Flexible rubber hoses like you use at your home to water your plants or wash your dog after an unexpected mud-filled trip through a nearby mud puddle.
  • Rigid hoses, such as those used on engines in automobiles and airplanes.
  • Tires.
  • Shoe soles.
  • Hockey pucks.
  • Bowling balls.
  • Rubber seals and O-rings.
  • Suction cups.
  • Floor mats.

Choose wisely

Not all autoclave system manufacturers are created equally.

If increasing productivity and streamlining your processes are important to you, there’s really only one choice.

Tank fab is the true, one-stop-shop for all turnkey autoclave solutions.

Author: Jeffrey Lippincott

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