The current finishing techniques are costly and laborious, and they expose workers to significant health and safety risks. The automated tank surface finishing system uses a computer-controlled motion module to refinish the vertical exterior walls of a tank. The module is configurable for both blasting and painting and utilizes conventional surface finishing equipment for these processes. An overspray hood is included to reduce contamination of the surrounding environment during painting. The module attaches to a tank’s wind girts with steel cables, and its position and velocity are controlled by servo-driven hoists.
Fact Sheet ID Number
Safety Equipment & Method in Construction
Tank, surface, automation, productivity
Date of this Version
ECT Team, Purdue, "Automated Tank Surface Finishing System" (2010). ECT Fact Sheets. Paper 207.