A BUSINESS BORN FROM A NATURAL CATASTROPHE
In 2013, following a M6.6 earthquake that rocked Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine making region, ONGUARD’s Founder and Managing Director, Will Lomax, stood alongside a winery owner as thousands of gallons of valuable, hard-earned product disappeared down the drain because of damage inflicted to the tanks.
This led to the creation of a game-changing engineering solution. ONGUARD is the first genuine seismic anchoring system specifically designed to protect liquid storage tanks and their contents from earthquake damage and loss.
HOW IT WORKS
Whether specified from the ground up or retro-fitted to existing tanks, ONGUARD offers performance, protection and peace of mind.
Unlike traditional tank anchors that only work in a one-pull, tension manner, ONGUARD anchors provide controlled yielding in both tension and compression throughout an earthquake and its aftershocks.
Traditional anchors are also prone to fail after a single earthquake pulse. The energy-dissipating element within each ONGUARD anchor acts like a seismic fuse, meaning it can be quickly, easily and cheaply replaced once it has done its job.
Fast forward to a M7.8 earthquake that struck Marlborough, New Zealand in 2016. The effect was devasting, but the 300-plus tanks secured with ONGUARD’s seismic anchoring system were completely undamaged and the energy-dissipating fuses had done their job! Other companies lost millions of gallons of product from countless collapsed and ruptured tanks, leading to unforeseen consequences such as difficulties with insurers, a huge shortage of tradespeople to undertake much-needed repairs, inability to process the forthcoming harvest, loss of market share, and pollution of waterways.
THE ONGUARD SEISMIC SYSTEM IS EARTHQUAKE PROVEN!
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