The clean and modern design is one of the main features of the tank developed – and patented – by Engcom. Its droplet shape increases stability in the transportation, as the center of gravity is 235 mm lower than that of the competition.
“This feature considerably reduces the vehicle’s risk of tipping over. Thus, travel time is reduced, and the mill is not required to acquire several tanks to carry the same quantity of vinasse,” said Arnaldo Gatto, director of Engcom.
Another improvement compared to the product available in the market today is the weight: Engcom’s tank is 500 kg lighter.
“This reflects directly on fuel consumption and tire wear.”
With a capacity of 18 m³ up to 36 m³, Engcom tanks can be coupled to trucks already used by the mills to carry vinasse.
Despite its lighter weight, the novelty has a superior structural dimensioning, that is, higher mechanical strength.
“We have selected cutting-edge materials such as multiaxial fabrics, which improve the absorption of stresses in different directions, and structural adhesives for joining internal parts, which combine greater strength and weight reduction.”
Due to this profile, Engcom’s tank is capable of carrying concentrated vinasse, with a density of 1.4 kg/m³, exceeding the capacity of 1.05 kg/m³ of the product currently marketed in Brazil.
As for the commercial aspects of the project, Engcom will license companies that have proven technical capacity to manufacture special composite equipment.
“Once licensed, the manufacturer will benefit from technical assistance and, if necessary, consultancy from Engcom.
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