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ZCL Composites

	 The	 company	 manufactures	 its	
tanks	 using	 only	 the	 highest-quality	 fiberglass	 composite	 materials.	
Compared	 to	 the	 more	 traditional	
concrete	 and	 steel	 storage	 tanks	
built	 by	 many	 of	 its	 competitors,	
ZCL's	 products	 are	 lightweight,	
long-lasting	 and	 corrosion	 resistant,	 making	 the	 company	 a	 preferred	 choice	 for	 many	 of	 today's	
fluid	handling	and	containment	experts,	Roach	notes.	
	 "The	 way	 we	 manufacture	 our	
tanks	 is	 also	 unique	 to	 this	 type	 of	
business	because	ZCL	uses	a	female	
molding	technique,"	he	says.	
	 In	the	typical	male	mold	manufacturing	 process,	 the	 reinforcement	
ribs	 are	 laminated	 separately	 to	 the	
outside	 of	 the	 tank.	 Conversely,	
ZCL's	manufacturing	method	builds	
the	ribs	into	the	structure	of	the	tank,	
giving	the	product	superior	strength,	
according	 to	 Roach.	 "Filament	
winding	 or	 male	 mold	 fabrication	
enables	us	to	provide	solutions	for	
an	 even	 broader	 range	 of	 customer-specified	product	demands,"	he	
says.	 "For	 example,	 certain	 aboveground	 vessels,	 like	 flare	 knockout	 tanks	 are	 designed	 and	 tested	
to	 withstand	 immense	 pressure,	
their	 exteriors	 are	 wound	 with	
highly	durable	fiberglass	strands."
	 By	utilizing	Parabeam	3-D	GlassĀ®	
technology,	 ZCL	 Composites	 has	
also	developed	an	advanced	leak	detection	 system,	 a	 key	 component	 of	

their	double-walled	tank	design.	
	 "We	 acquired	 Parabeam	 in	 2002,	
and	 it's	 something	 that	 is	 quite	
unique	to	our	business,"	Roach	says.	
"The	 three-dimensional	 glass	 fabric	

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embeds	 interstitial	 technology	 directly	into	the	tank	wall,	resulting	in	
reliable	and	highly	accurate	approach	
to	 remote	 pressure	 and	 leak	 monitoring.	 It	 reduces	 risk	 and	 helps	

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