Unique milk tanker

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Tremcar has configured new features on its standard farm pick-up tanks. They allow using a two-compartment farm pick-up tank as a direct-load tank. Vice versa, you can use a transport tank as a farm pick up — without having to climb up on the tanker every time you load.

After introducing what it calls its “visionary” side manhole tank, the new Tremcar design merges different applications to limit the need for drivers to climb up on the tanks and provide the possibility to load from the smallest farm to the biggest facilities without having to change units.

The preliminary configuration in based on a standard two-compartment farm pick-up specification. Modifications to the standard farm pick-up tank had to be done. The hut-style cabinet was constructed to fit the doghouses air-tight. The outer frame (top and bottom) was modified to create the flat surface that seals air-tight against the pads at the direct loading facilities. The door hinges were modified to enable the door to swing completely out of the way when backing against the pads. The curbside door is latched in the closed position while the driver’s side door is latched to the light box in a full 180-degree open position. With both doors secured there is no risk of damage while backing against the facility’s pads. Heated wires were installed in the front compartment pipeline to prevent freezing.

On a direct-load tank, the tanker is equipped with two valves enabling direct load with an automatic shut-off system when the compartment is full. With a switch of the valve, users can proceed to filling the next compartment without unplugging anything. A dual probe system was installed to let haulers and farm management know when the tank is full. Two probes were installed in each compartment and wired to an electrical outlet mounted in the rear cabinet. The larger farm facilities provide electrical outlets for the probe system in order to activate the full-tank alarm for direct-load tankers and provide an automatic shut-off system for farm pick-ups when the tanks are full.

Tremcar’s patented cable system seals the manhole and all opening ports at one seal point located at ground level. With QMI sampling ports at ground level, spill dams and Lumenite probes, the frequency of climbing up on tanks has been much reduced. Only the receivers have to climb up when unloading and cleaning the tankers.

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Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.

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