Some essential rules must be followed when installing load cells in tanks. For example, tanks are frequently subject to weather conditions or effects related to production. When new upright tanks are erected outside (silos, coal hoppers, etc.), applicable building regulations must be observed for the relevant structures. Note that subsequently installed weighing devices may also be considered as "significant changes" in terms of building regulations. The advice of a structural engineer is recommended in these cases. Building regulations generally cite the "state of the art" in terms of safety considerations. For example, wind loads are covered by DIN 1055 Part 4, “Load assumptions for structural components.”
The project engineer for a tank layout should also be informed about any special company- specific rules. Tanks must frequently be secured so they cannot be picked up, even in areas covered by a roof, if the contents are hazardous and forklift trucks are in operation around the storage area.