Smart panels and glass lining keep water fresher for longer

BIG 5: Malaysia-based Pipeco adds new panel technology to its multi-use portable water tanks.

Pipeco: the company?s tanks are called ?hygienic tanks? because they can keep water fresh indefinitely.
Pipeco: the company?s tanks are called ?hygienic tanks? because they can keep water fresh indefinitely.

Malaysia-based Pipeco Safe Water Solutions has recently introduced the Smart Panel in its glass reinforced polyester sectional water tank. According to general manager Chew Siew Hun, the solution will revolutionise the way in which water is stored and transferred. "Glass is lightweight, hygienic, non-corrosive and durable. The tanks are called 'hygienic tanks' because they can keep water fresh indefinitely," said Chew.

Smart Panels use a low density 40mm PU foam reinforced with fibreglass triangulations, which make them impossible to delaminate. Both sides of the Smart Panels are moulded together by a light RTM process that incorporates a special reinforced core material. The inside and outside skins of SmartT Panel are also made to the same thickness to provide higher mechanical strength and better fatigue properties.

Pipeco's portable water tanks can be used to store water for industrial use, including landscaping and fire-fighting, as well as for domestic functions.

"Due to the technology of our water tanks, they are airtight. Therefore, we don't lose any water during transport or operation," added Chew.

Smart Panel-lined sectional water tanks bring with them the advantage of being highly insulated because of their special design and assembly system, which makes them ideal for use in hot, humid climates.

"At the moment, the majority of our business is in Singapore, the Middle East and South Africa," said Chew.

The company's latest glass-reinforced products, which have become particularly relevant in the UAE, include new containers for domestic waste water treatment. "People in and around Sharjah are using traditional septic tanks for waste disposal," said Chew.

"The municipalities don't like that so they've issued a mandate to move toward using other technologies for domestic waste water treatment."

Pipeco's new domestic waste water treatment systems include an all-in-one concrete system that arrives onsite ready to install (Oxyfix) and a smaller, lighter polythene system that can be installed and used according to project specifications (Oxykit). Both have been developed to create clean water for landscaping, laundry and other forms of industrial reuse.

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