TESI OPTIONS FOR MANY NEEDS
THE TESI MINI-GUIDE
SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER IN YOUR SPILL PAN SELECTION:
1.) OPEN PANS ARE LESS EXPENSIVE TO PURCHASE BUT THEY MAY HAVE A HIGHER COST OF OWNERSHIP. HERE IS WHY…
- Will the pan have connection to a drainage system?
- If so, what is your cost of treatment of the effluent?
- If no drainage system, how often will the liquid be collected?
- What is your cost to treat that liquid collected every year? (include the cost of the required testing of rainwater to see if it needs treatment)
- What are the man-hours needed for the collection? (factor extra labor needed to chip ice and scrape debris in winter months)
- NOTE: A 20’ center open pan has 100 square feet, the average rainfall in the USA is 30” year. This results in that pan receiving 2,000 gallons per year for treatment plus labor. What is your rainfall? A pan with a lid, especially a TESI designed one-man operated lid, will therefore have a lower operating cost. Will the extra cost of a closeable pan be compensated by this saving in your circumstances?
2.) PAN DESIGN – a few simple questions with obvious answers
- Would a flat bottom pan be easier to scrape clean than one with ridges and ribs?
- Would a drain on the side, level with the bottom, avoid the debris that collects into a drain in the center of the bottom and causes clogs, delays and extra labor?
- Would a higher capacity pan reduce the frequency of testing and collection of rainwater?
- Would a metal pan withstand tough winter conditions better than non-metal pans? And will a metal pan stand up to ice chipping and scraping, as well as UV sunlight?
- NOTE: Answers to all are yes. TESI has factored these points in their pan design. Some suppliers also address these points, but others do not. Be aware of this.
3.) PAN DURABILITY
- Does your company want a metal pan with a twenty years minimum lifetime?
- Would you prefer a pan that can be installed but moved to a new location as your operations evolve with no loss of pan integrity?
- NOTE: A survey has found that the hundreds of Trans Environmental System pans sold in the 90’s are still being used.
4.) PAN LAYOUT
- Strings of open pans may be needed if a line of tank cars are parked at non-loading locations.
- Closeable pans may only be a option at the specific transloading locations
5.) TANK CARS
- Are you loading and unloading tank cars?
- Are they top or bottom unloading? (Note: Overflows from top loading tank cars will dribble down the sides and outside the rail, so side pans are needed)
6.) OTHER EQUIPMENT OPTIONS
- Do you need to fuel and service locomotives? (TESI has special small pans for this)
- Do you need to often change transloading locations? ( A TESI forklift transportable may fit your circumstances)
- Do you need a transloading point for either tank cars, locomotives and also tank trucks? ( The TESI driveover pan is a multitasker)
- Do you need a portable, easily attached leak catcher to install on leaking trucks, tank cars until they can be moved to a repair location? (Check the TESI HAZ-HAMMOCK, a required item for first responders by a major railroad)