(PRWEB) July 23, 2013
Flambeau Fluid Systems, a leading plastic tank manufacturer, is proud to announce the release of their Hyperier fuel tanks to expand their small off-road fuel tank product line. To comply with CARB (California Air Resource Board) and the U.S. EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) extensive regulatory policy which requires changes in the design and material used in fuel systems of small off road equipment, Flambeau’s processing of the Hyperier material is paving the way for more secure and unique solutions.
For nearly fifty years, the predominant fuel tank material has been HDPE. Flambeau’s first low emissions offering was to fluorinate HDPE tanks, which over the past six years have obtained 13 CARB and EPA certificates. Fluorination has proved to be a great solution for Flambeau and their customers, and the company will still continue selling the fluorinated tanks. The addition of the Hyperier tank line will expand their current offerings by giving customers even more flexibility in choosing a material that best suits their application. One benefit that Hyperier does offer is that it will reduce lead time on orders.
Hyperier is a nylon and Nano clay composite produced by LG Chemical which is blended and processed with HDPE at Flambeau. The material is very sensitive to handling and processing conditions. Over the past two years, Flambeau devoted extensive efforts to R & D to study Hyperier material processing.
“Before we could even consider implementing Hyperier on a production basis, we needed to learn and document the parameters required to make a good tank, and more importantly what conditions created a ‘bad’ tank,” says Dan Hilfiker, the Business Unit Manager for Flambeau’s Fluid Division.
Throughout Flambeau’s R &D efforts, they communicated closely with CARB and EPA as their goal was to create unique certifications for Flambeau. Though challenging, Flambeau was successful in earning CARB Executive Orders and EPA Certificates for producing Hyperier Fuel Tanks, making the brand unique as they are now the only tank manufacturer with certifications which tie in how they process Hyperier. All other tank manufacturers use only the material certs.
Flambeau is also unique in that they are the only manufacturer to offer these Hyperier tanks as an off the shelf stock item, as well as offering customized stock and a completely custom product. This gives customers the flexibility in their application.
According to LG Chemical, “Flambeau now knows more about processing this material than others who have been in production for years.”
Through the work Flambeau has completed over the past several years and thanks to certifications, Flambeau is emerging as a leader in fuel tank manufacturing for small powered equipment. Today their R & D efforts continue as the CARB and EPA requirements are ratcheting down tighter in 2017 and 2020. Flambeau’s Madison, Ga. facility, which conducted the most R & D, started production this past May on the Fluid Systems’ 5, 6, and 7 gallon fuel tanks, and recently just shipped their first order of Hyperier tanks. Flambeau plans to start production of the new tanks at several of their North American locations.
For more information, please contact Flambeau Fluid Systems toll free at 866-836-0198 or they can be reached at fluids(at)flambeau(dot)com.
About Flambeau Fluids
Flambeau Fluid Systems, a division of Flambeau®, Inc manufactures stock, customized stock, custom tanks, caps, fittings, and components. Headquartered in Baraboo, Wis., Flambeau Fluids is the industry leader in proprietary and custom tanks used in wide variety of equipment and vehicles. Their products are frequently used for radiator overflow, coolant recovery, hydraulic reservoirs, fuel tanks including CARB/EPA compliant fuel systems and windshield washer systems. Flambeau offers a wide range of secondary processes including plastic welding, assembly, and decorating, while specializing in meeting the needs of your application from a single component to a complete value added assembly. For more information, visit http://www.flambeaufluids.com/.