Industrial Tank Painting | Ducting Air For Paint Preparation

Published 07 Apr 2021

industrial tank painting

Industrial Tank Painting

This Case Application for the MFH Bulldog electric heater, which is manufactured by EXHEAT and is stocked and distributed exclusively in the UK by Thorne & Derrick, focuses on an application where the client required a portable heating solution for a industrial painting facility. An ATEX heater was required to dry out a restored tank, to prepare for painting, while also adhering to safety regulations in the Hazardous Area.

The client are a global provider of essential equipment and products to the oil industry, and work on a variety of fuel station projects. The hazardous materials stored at these sites, combined with the hazardous processes taking place during industrial tank painting, classifies these areas as hazardous zone environments. Furthermore, equipment used in these hazardous area zones must comply with ATEX & IECEx approvals to ensure maximum safety.

Industry Sector | Industrial Painting

Hazardous Areas & Explosive Atmospheres

Electrical Heater Application & Benefits  | The portable electric fan heater with ATEX Certification was selected after careful competitor evaluation to provide a safe process heating solution to an industrial painting application.

Industrial Paint In Hazardous AreaS

For this application, a portable solution was required to safely heat, and simultaneously dry out the inside of an industrial tank. the tank in question was restored by draining the stored chemicals from the tank and cleaning out the container – which then required equipment to safely dry the area in preparation for painting.

Many industrial paints are solvent-based, which can release solvent vapours, gas and dust into the air – creating a potentially explosive atmosphere with a need for risk minimising equipment. The risk of ignition of the solvent gas poses an instant threat to life in the facility, thus a safe, hazardous area approved, heating solution was needed. Hazardous chemical residue may have also been present.

Thorne & Derrick have eliminated the risk of ignition and explosion by supplying a suitable portable and safe industrial heating solution

The ‘Bulldog’ ATEX portable heater has not only delivered the required temperatures to enable the continuity of optimal processes, but has also greatly reduced the risk of catastrophic danger, by adhering to ATEX & IECEx safety regulations.


We provided the solution to the client of the EXHEAT MFH – an ATEX & IECEx certified heater offering Ingress protection of IP65. The MFH heater (EXHEAT Bulldog) is constructed with polyamide PA66 with glass and steel fibre reinforcement.

  • T Class Rating T3
  • Classified Hazardous Area Zone 1/2 (IIB+H2) or Zone 21/22 (IIIC)

Manufacturer EXHEAT | Heater Range MFH The Bulldog

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The MFH Portable Fan Heater manufactured by EXHEAT and Distributed Exclusively in the UK by Thorne & Derrick is the world’s first truly portable fan assisted heater with dual hazardous area ATEX & IECEX Certification. The portable heater has been extensively adopted by the process and hazardous area industries to safely provide temporary and portable air warming to workplaces in potentially explosive atmospheres.

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