bulk storage metal fabrication

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the common metal types used for bulk storage within the world of metal fabrication. Many companies who require such storage containers can’t buy prefabricated units due to size, so they turn to custom metal fabrication to fill their needs.

At Cypress Metals, we’re proud to offer a wide range of custom metal fabrication and design materials, from chimney covers and caps to range hoods, post caps and numerous other types. While knowing which metals are possible for a given bulk storage option is important, we’re also here to help you make the final decision for your next project. Here are some basics on how we’ll help you split up the project into a few different classifications, then the additional steps we’ll take to make sure we deliver a great product that meets your exact specifications.

bulk storage metal fabrication

Dividing Into Classifications

The first step toward determining which metal and metal specifications will be best for your fabrication project is splitting the project into one of five possible classifications that will help determine the processes required and the purposes of the project. These classifications are:

  • ASME Sec. IX
  • Atmospheric
  • Certified
  • Code
  • Non-Code

Additional Steps to the Process

Once we’ve determined the classification your project falls into and helped you select the right metal based on this, we can move forward with the following areas:

  • Design: We will create and process basic drawings and renderings through our engineering department. We’ll then present these to you for basic assessment, any changes necessary, and eventually final approval.
  • Scheduling: Once plans and diagrams are approved for production, we’ll set up a schedule that fits your timing needs. This will include a target completion date and the elements required to hit it.
  • Production: From here, it’s time to consider any major steps necessary to complete the project, whether they include fit-up, weld-out or even plate-forming. All these are processes we can handle for you as standard pieces of production.
  • Finishing: Before any work goes out to you or your clients, our in-house quality control inspectors will perform a detailed evaluation of the finished product. We’ll ensure all specifications are in compliance with both your desires and any safety or handling regulations.
  • Shipping: Finally, once the project has been fully inspected and approved, we will prepare it to ship for final installation. There are several shipping methods available depending on the project itself and the distance being covered. We’re also happy to discuss various field installation options with you to ensure your project is completed on time and properly.

For more on choosing the right metals and performing other important processes for bulk storage metal fabrication projects, or to learn about any of our fabrication services, speak to the staff at Cypress Metals today.

bulk storage metal fabrication options

We serve a number of major industries at Cypress Metals, and one of the most prominent is a variety of company types that require metal storage bins, tanks or silos for storage needs. In many such cases, these industrial companies do not have the option of buying a prefabricated unit based on the sizing needs, meaning custom metal fabrication is one of the top options out there for bulk storage options.

Our custom metal designs include custom siding, fascia, laser cutting and several other potential applications. In this two-part blog, we’ll zero in on these metal storage requirements, detailing the common metals often used in fabrication for these items plus the factors you should be considering when deciding between these metal options.

bulk storage metal fabrication options

Carbon Steel

Carbon steel is a metal used for many fabrication formats, including for various custom storage needs. It’s often the metal of choice when storing things like grain, liquids, aggregates or even oxides.

Carbon steel tanks are valuable because the material allows for various liner types inside the tank. Epoxy, polyurethane or rubber are all potential liner materials that help limit leakage or corrosion risks, often allowing these tanks to last for many years longer than other types.

Generally speaking, low-grade carbon steel (also called mild steel) will be used for these tanks. This is because it’s malleable and reasonably affordable. Other steel grades may also be used for certain specific applications, however.

Stainless Steel

Within the liquid realm, particularly those such as liquid acid, water, fertilizer and even bulk oil shipments, stainless steel is the more common metal that’s fabricated to create storage tanks. It’s great due to its sterile qualities, which are vital for industries like food and beverage or others in the agricultural realm. Stainless steel tanks can store huge amounts of food products as well, often in higher-grade steel containers depending on the length of storage needed or other environmental factors.


If you’re looking for the lightest common option for metal storage tanks, aluminum is often the way to go. It’s known to be great for bulk storage bins, silos, and various tanks storing either liquid or plastic pellets.

Aluminum is desirable in part because it supplies insulation in an outer shell for carbon-steel tanks. In fact, these two materials are often used together for certain storage tanks, with carbon steel making up the interior and lining while aluminum comprises the outside sections. Aluminum comes with a great strength-to-weight ratio and is also affordable. It should be noted, however, that some aluminum-only tanks need to be externally treated to prevent corrosion risks and other forms of wear-and-tear.

For more on the kinds of metals that are often fabricated for use in bulk storage areas, or to learn about any of our metal fabrication services, speak to the staff at Cypress Metals today.