DPC 41, Milkrooms and Bulk Tank Installations

Item #: DPC-041

Published: 2004

Pages: 33

This guideline provides instructions for calibration (gauging) and checking (testing) of farm bulk milk tanks. The terms "calibration" and "checking" are used by the industry and "gauging" and "testing" by the National Bureau of Standards. The guideline also provides useful information on recalibration of tanks.

DISCLAIMER: The DPC is not responsible for the use or application of the information provided in this Guideline. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that the information addresses their needs and that any action taken complies with appropriate regulations and standards.

Table of Contents:
FUNCTIONAL PLANNING
INTRODUCTION
USE AND LOCATION
     Usage and Accessibility
     Driveways
     Elevations
     Miscellaneous Considerations
SIZE AND LOCATION
     Tank Installation
     Clearances for Bulk Tanks
          TABLE 1. MINIMUM BULK TANK CLEARANCES
     Bulkheading Tanks
     Platforms and Ladders
     Equipment and Arrangement
     Auxiliary Equipment and Utility Room
          FIGURE 1 IDEAS FOR MILKROOM LAYOUT
CONSTRUCTION DETAILS 
FOUNDATIONS 
     Footings 
     Walls 
         FIGURE 2. EXAMPLE OF MASONRY WALL CONSTRUCTION
         FIGURE 3. EXAMPLE OF STUD WALL CONSTRUCTION
     Foundations for Bulk Tanks 
         FIGURE 4. EXAMPLE OF BULKHEADED TANK
FLOORS AND DRAINS 
      Floor Construction 
      Floor Drains 
FIGURE 5. MILKROOM FLOOR SLOPE WITH DRAIN & TRAP
     Floor Repair 
WALLS AND CEILINGS 
      Materials and Construction 
DOORS, WINDOWS AND HOSE PORTS 
      Doors 
     Windows 
     Hose Ports 
EQUIPMENT AND UTILITIES 
ELECTRICAL SERVICE AND LIGHTING 
     Lighting 
     Wiring 
     Bonding 
     Electric Codes 
WATER SUPPLY AND HEATING 
     Water Supply 
     Water Needs 
     Water Heating 
     Refrigeration Heat Recovery 
          TABLE 2. ESTIMATING WATER USAGE & HOT WATER NEEDS
CLEANING AND STORAGE FACILITIES 
     Washing Equipment 
     Hand Sink 
     Storage 
TOILETS AND WASTE DISPOSAL 
     Toilets 
     Milkroom Wastes 
VENTILATION AND HEATING 
     Ventilation 
     Heating 
     Heat from Cooling Milk 
COOLING 
     Cooling Requirements 
     Recording Thermometers 
     Standards for Recording Thermometers 
     Sizing Farm Bulk Tank Condensing Units 
EQUIPMENT SPACE REQUIREMENTS 
    FIGURE 7.  MILKROOM & UTILITY ROOM EQUIPMENT LAYOUT
    FIGURE 8. MILKROOM & UTILITY ROOM EQUIPMENT LAYOUT SCHEDULE
APPLICATION TO INSTALL A REFRIGERATED BULK MILK STORAGE TANK 

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