Liquid Sugar Hauling

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  1. cabwrecker

    cabwrecker The clutch wrecker

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    Yeah, I only got a little deep in tanker with liquefied gases, pretty cool work honestly. Got to deliver to Space X and Van Horn a few times. No real money though, to be honest. Considering you're hauling methane and pure oxygen.


    So, outside of that I didn't really consider how the heat off the pneumatic would mess with the product.
    Thanks for the in depth answer.
     
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  3. RockinChair

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    Each one definitely has its own personality. The company I worked for ordered two brand new Heils to haul cement for a dedicated run. Despite hauling the same product to the same batch plant every day, what caused one to unload quickly made the other one plug up. We sarcastically referred to them as the twin sisters - or worse.

    "Silo maintenance" is an oxymoron. They don't want to spend the time or money to repair cracks, clean baghouses, or change panel filters. So they just tell the driver "keep your pressure down," which is infuriating when you're trying to unload quickly.
     
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  4. homeskillet

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    1) 45min to 1 hour, depending on customer tank and piping.

    2) Climb up and pop open the hatch, drop the bee screen into the manhole, climb back down to hook up the hose, open the discharge valve and start the pump. Do the reverse when empty.

    3) Generally, yes.

    4) Every dairy I've been to, truck pump.

    5) Every dairy I've been to either has a separate pipe inlet for sugar outside the milk bays, OR has one bay with a sugar inlet. If someone is unloading milk in that bay, I gotta wait. So, in my experience I've never been given "priority" over milk loads, but it takes a milk tanker longer to clear QA and unload.

    Some customers will allow toploading of the same product, but there has to be documentation of the seals that went on the empty trailer. These are then checked by the shipper before reloading.

    Most dairies I've been to, it's "one wash, one load". A wash ticket is valid for 24 hours.

    Some of the soft drink companies will certify a trailer for "72-hour wash". The wash ticket is good for 72 hours AS LONG AS the trailer is loaded with the same product from the same supplier, and seal integrity is maintained and documented. Put the seals on right, but write the numbers in the wrong boxes....tank rejection. Wash and start over.

    One of the soft drink companies tried a 144-hour wash certification, but that project didn't last long, at least not in my area.
     
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  5. homeskillet

    homeskillet Road Train Member

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    Yeah, I was talking to a "powder wrangler" at a bakery delivery. He told me with powdered or dry granular sugar, if you start to notice a "cotton candy" smell, you better make some adjustments in a hurry!

    I also notice the dry bulkers delivering flour seem to take a long time to unload.

    I was at the Hostess plant in Emporia, KS.

    There was a truck unloading fry oil, so I had to wait.

    The flour truck next to him had been unloading for an hour.

    I wait an hour, it's my turn to unload, I'm done in an hour and a half.

    The flour guy is still there, banging on the sides of his trailer with a rubber mallet, every 15 minutes or so.

    So he had 3.5 hours into the job, at LEAST, by the time I left.

    No thanks......I'll stay with liquid bulk!
     
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  6. ChicagoJohn

    ChicagoJohn Road Train Member

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    Sorbitol sweetener tends to take 45 - 50 mins to offload, Dextrose liquid sugar seems to take a little longer but usually no more then an hour +/-.
     
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