Filling training for portable tanks

Those who are responsible for the maintenance and filling of portable tanks with liquefied, compressed and dissolved gases must be qualified and authorised to do so. Therefore, you can find courses for filling and operating portable tanks in our offer. The training course is designed to prepare you in theory and in practice for the independent operation and filling of tanks. The theoretical part is devoted to the construction of the equipment, technical supervision, as well as filling the tanks in accordance with health and safety guidelines. In the practical part, trainees memorise and assimilate the acquired knowledge in practice. At the end of the course, participants are also prepared for the examination before the Technical Inspection Authority. We have excellently qualified and experienced instructors who are always available to help. We also provide plenty of training materials to help you absorb the information you have acquired effectively. We take an individual approach to our trainees and the dates and scope of the course are tailored to their needs. In order to take part in the training, you must meet the following requirements: be at least 18 years of age, have a minimum of primary education and have no health contraindications. The price of the training course is set individually depending on the number of people; for larger groups there is the possibility of attractive discounts. Detailed information on the course can be found on our website. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What are portable tanks

photo of portable tanksAccording to the Decree of the Minister of Industry and Trade of 9 May 1938 on the construction and technical condition of portable tanks for compressed, liquefied and dissolved gases under pressure, "Tanks which change their location between filling and emptying and vehicle tanks shall be considered portable tanks within the meaning of these regulations".

Portable tanks are primarily a fire extinguisher tank for extinguishing agents, a breathing apparatus cylinder, a diving apparatus cylinder or a special device tank.

The following are brief descriptions of the individual tanks.

Fire extinguisher receptacles

It is a device - usually portable - used to extinguish fires. Small extinguishers are used in cars, larger ones in public and industrial facilities. A fire extinguisher is an essential tool in the event of a fire. It is a portable or transportable red cylinder with a tube or nozzle through which the extinguishing agent is discharged. They are characterised by their light weight and ease of use. As a result, anyone can use this equipment, even people with no experience. Depending on the application and the type of facility to be protected, several types of extinguisher containers can be distinguished:

  • Powder extinguisher - the extinguishing agent is a powder ejected by means of compressed gas (air, nitrogen, carbon dioxide) at a pressure of 16atm; it is applicable to solids, liquids and gases; the extinguisher will be useful both for larger fires and small fire sources; it consists of a cylinder in which the gas is placed, a valve and a lever. Can operate from -40 to +50 degrees Celsius; fire extinguishers should be recharged once every 5 years;
  • Foam - the extinguishing agent is foam created from a concentrate of foaming agent and water; it is expelled under the influence of compressed gas; it is used to extinguish organic solids, flammable liquids, oils and fats;
  • Snow extinguisher - the extinguisher is filled with liquid carbon dioxide, which expands when opened and its temperature is -80 degrees Celsius; it forms a form of dry ice on the surface and leaves no traces; the extinguisher consists of a thick-walled cylinder, a flexible hose and a tube; it is used to extinguish flammable liquids;
  • Mist - the extinguishing agent is water mist, i.e. demineralised water; the main advantage of this type of extinguisher is that there is no damage to property; extinguishers will find use in hotels, warehouses, garages, shops, etc.

Breathing apparatus cylinders

A breathing apparatus is personal protective equipment that is used in an airborne environmental emergency. Two types of protective equipment can be distinguished: isolation equipment, which has its own supply of oxygen or air, and equipment for which air is supplied from the outside. An important component of protective equipment is the compressed air cylinder. We can distinguish between two types of cylinder:

 

 

TypeDefinition
Steelare used as a supplement to air equipment; they are used as a container for a standard air mixture with a permissible operating pressure of 300 bar; they are made of chrome-nickel-molybdenum steel and weigh approximately 10 kg;
Compositefor use with open-circuit breathing apparatus; made of carbon fibre, glass fibre or epoxy resin, cartridge made of aluminium.

 

Diving cylinders

A diving cylinder is one of the main pieces of equipment for a diver and is an essential part of any breathing kit. It is a container that is designed to store compressed gas. Usually such cylinders are manufactured from steel or aluminium. Steel cylinders are ideal for diving in freshwater. Compared to aluminium cylinders, they are lighter and more evenly balanced. Unfortunately, steel cylinders corrode very quickly and are more prone to rusting, especially in seawater. When diving in saltwater, an aluminium cylinder is a better option. It is more resistant to rusting and the salt water is not as damaging. Each cylinder has a neck, a cup, a jacket and a bottom. The neck is located at the top of the bottle and this is where the valve is located. The cup has all the information associated with the particular type of bottle. The bottom is made of the thickest layer of material, steel cylinders usually have a round bottom so that they can be stood up. Diving cylinders have different operating pressures from 150 at to 300 at and vary in capacity from 1 litre to 18 litres.

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