Non-entry tank cleaning
Non-entry tank cleaning (or robotic tank cleaning) is safer and faster. Allowing your tank to resume production with minimal down time. Making it more efficient.
Why the need for non-man entry tank cleaning?
Many tanks store hazardous waste or chemicals such as crude oil. Within these industries there has been a strong focus on both health and safety and operational excellence. Tank cleaning companies have a requirement to themselves, the environment and the company to work with responsible and profitable practices. But whilst doing so they should function safely, guaranteeing everyone’s health and looking after the environment.
Naturally, as with any business or procedure there are several ways to ensure you are working to your best methods:
- Utilising the latest technology
- Utilising the latest methods
- Ensuring your staff are suitable
- Ensuring your procedures are up-to date
When entering a confined space to remove crud and sludge, it wasn’t always possible to follow the recommendations above.
Tank owners require a tank cleaning service that is thorough, efficient and as quick as possible all whilst reducing the effects to the environment and ensuring the health of everyone involved. With all of this in mind, BCJ as a tank cleaning company have sought to develop safer and more environmentally friendly cleaning methods.
The biggest concern of a tank cleaning operation comes from fluids that are flammable being in contact with an ignition source. Much of this can be assessed when we undertake a risk assessment for every possible situation. We can then identify causes and effects and have prevention measures put in place.
There are other risks that present themselves with traditional tank cleaning. These are the effects on the health of our staff that enter the tanks and are exposed to gasses and hazardous materials.
This is where non man entry tank cleaning really comes into its own. It’s a tank cleaning system that all but eliminates manual tank cleaning.
Non-entry tank cleaning is automated. Minimising manual entry and ensuring entry only occurs when it is safe to do so.
How does non-entry tank cleaning work?
We are able to access tanks through smaller areas using a positioning boom. This means there is no need for human entry. The boom can be positioned anywhere in the tank.
Even if your tank has a paddle or stirrer, we position the boom to accommodate, ensuring a thorough clean.
Robotic tank cleaning
BCJ are one of the UK’s leading tank cleaning companies and has a long and extensive history and portfolio. Bio Clean are one of the first companies to adopt non-entry tank cleaning technology.
This method is because of the boosts health and safety. Cannons have both lighting and cameras attached. We control the jetting cannons via remote and see inside the tank. Using robotic methods ensures that every tank cleaned is to the highest of standards.
Because there’s no human entry, BCJ can use powerful chemicals to clean. The controlled jets operate at a higher PSI.
We will watch the entire robotic tank cleaning process from our control booth. Also measuring the level of explosive gasses.
When would we use non-man tank cleaning?
Non-man entry tank cleaning technology was first developed for safety reasons. The main one being that there is no human entry into a confined space.
Environmental aspects are also improved, due in part to closed circuit cleaning. With emissions, gasses and vapors reduced and minimised.
Some industries and work spaces have stringent guidelines that they have to follow. Requiring emissions, noises and smells to be kept low. For example, residential areas and the food industry. In these industries, non-entry is perfect.
What heights can we work to?
With non-entry, there is no restriction on height at all. We can continue to add extra hoses to increase the heights until we are able to reach!
What typical tanks do we clean?
We can clean any tank. Common tanks cleaned using robotic methods are fuel and chemical storage tanks.
Dangerous chemicals are present in these tanks and unsuitable for human entry.
Non-entry tank cleaning is:
- Safer and faster
- Closed circuit
- More efficient
- Reduced emissions
- Higher pressure
- High standards of cleaning