Tanks produced are suited for the purposes of chromic, sulfuric and hard-coated anodizing work. A single anodizing tank can be over a hundred feet in length and fifteen feet deep. Such a tank is able to provide the commercial or industrial user with high resistance to abrasion, corrosion and cracking. It also features electrical properties. Responding to the type of product being manufactured, anodizing tanks will come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Plastic tanks on the other hand, are built by way of utilizing a proprietary tank fabrications process. The process aims to produce a seamless and structural integrity, and full strength at all the structure’s bend sites. Anodizing tanks should be fitted with alarms and temperature controls. Ducting and fume scrubbers should also be part of the maintenance controls. Hoods will also be fitted.
The potential to manufacture tanks of such large size comes due to the fact that thermal expansion is less prominent. There is cost-effectiveness for the commercial and industrial client in the sense that only one anodizing tank now needs to be used as opposed to using multiple tanks as would have been the case previously or elsewhere. That being said, it is also possible for the industrialist to save significantly on floor space.
The process of anodizing is electrochemical in nature. It converts a metal surface into its durable, decorative, corrosion-resistant, as well as anodic oxide finish. The use of aluminum is ideal for the anodizing process. But other nonferrous metals, such as magnesium and titanium, are also able to be anodized. An anodic oxide structure derives from its aluminum substrate. And it is composed entirely of aluminum oxide.
Further, the formulated aluminum oxide will not be applied to a surface in the same way that painting or plating would.