The Cost-effectiveness of Tantalum
In today’s world, where maintenance periods, downtime and the associated loss of production play a role at least as important as procurement prices, components made from Tantalum offer an outstanding price/performance ratio. As these TANTEC components are always customised precisely to your requirements and applications, procurement prices can be optimised. Where the right choice is made on the basis of the list of corrosion resistances, no substantial costs are incurred over the period of use of the Tantalum components, except for possible cleaning works.
The components manufactured for you by TANTEC generally incorporate rolled-in and welded tubes/tube base connections which do not require any maintenance, as can arise due to leaking seals or sealants. This is the case, for example, with heat exchangers.
When looking at the entire lifespan of your facility (“total cost of ownership” – TCO), there is a permanently positive effect on costs that other materials simply cannot offer. As such, a comparison with materials such as noble metals, high-alloyed stainless steel, silicon carbide, graphite etc. is thoroughly feasible.
Tantalum is seen as a comparatively expensive material. However, Tantalum is very cost-effective once you take into consideration both the considerably longer lifespan and very low maintenance requirements, both of which derive from the extremely high resistance to corrosion.
The common metallic materials are often less suitable due to a high corrosion rate when acids such as sulphuric acid (H2SO4), nitric acid, (HNO3), hydrochloric acid (HCl), phosphoric acid (H3PO4) are processed at high temperatures and high concentrations. In such cases tantalum is the first choice for heat exchangers and other equipment.
Non-metallic materials can often be discarded because of their disadvantages, for example for processes in the pharmaceutical industry where product purity has utmost priority.
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Because of its durability, Tantalum is a valuable material. That is precisely what we seek to substantiate when we guarantee to take Tantalum components back from you once they reach the end of their many years of operational use. The material can be recycled any number of times, and in this way TANTEC is able to make a contribution to introducing valuable raw materials to new applications, rather than disposing of them.