Weighing Corrosive Chemicals with Arlyn Scales

corrosion-resistant-scale-2 Equipment corrosion is an issue for any company whose daily operations require the handling of corrosive materials. In these cases, your first line of defense against corrosion is to use specialized equipment that’s built to resist the effects of these items.

If your business uses or produces chemicals or liquefied gases, then you’ll require a weighing solution to measure and track your inventory. Now, many companies offer scales with stainless steel construction for the base and platform of their scales.

However, there are internal scale components that are commonly overlooked and left without protection. Fortunately, at Arlyn Scales, we have over 35 years of experience with weighing corrosive chemicals, so we understand that durability is vital to safety and productivity.

Complete Protection for Weighing Corrosive Chemicals

While direct contact with the material (such as from a spill) will certainly corrode a scale, even the fumes associated with these materials can corrode equipment over time. This means that the internal components of a scale are also vulnerable to damage from these corrosive agents.

From the beginning, our corrosion-resistant scales are engineered to provide you with years of trouble-free service through:

  • Superior Stainless Steel Construction
  • Stainless Steel Load Cells
  • Optional Triple Epoxy Coating

Measure Corrosive Materials with Stainless Steel Load Cells

The load cell is responsible for measuring the weight of the material on the scale’s platform and the accuracy of those measurements. If the load cell is damaged, this accuracy can become compromised.

This can have serious consequences on the reputation of your product, on your revenue, and in some cases, even employee safety. At Arlyn Scales, our weighing solutions are as rugged on the inside as they are on the outside.

Our load cells are manufactured in our own New York-based factory using a special, heat-treated stainless steel alloy. This extra protection means that your scale takes consistent weight measurements for each container, in spite of the harsh environment.

Triple Epoxy Coating Protects the Exterior Better than Paint

The majority of scale manufacturers and distributors use a protective layer of paint that possesses no protective qualities once it has been scratched or scraped off the scale. This kind of damage is an extremely common occurrence, especially when loading and unloading larger chemical containers.

Once this layer of paint is scratched, the stainless steel beneath is exposed and vulnerable to any chemicals that leak or spill. Even areas of the scale still covered in this inferior paint are susceptible to the spread of corrosion.

Our corrosion-resistant scales can also be coated with a polyamine-based triple epoxy. We mix garnet particles into this unique epoxy, which gives the scale additional resistance to scratching and abrasion.

How the Triple Epoxy Coating Protects Against Corrosive Chemicals

While stainless steel is far more resistant to corrosion than other metals, it cannot hold out indefinitely. Our triple epoxy makes it more difficult to scratch the scale’s surface, which extends the useful life of the scale.

This coating provides excellent chemical resistance against hydrocarbons, inorganic acids and alkalis, solvents, and many other chemicals. It also contains any damage the exposed surface may withstand to that particular area, which also increases the longevity of the scale.

Arlyn Scales for Classified Hazardous Locations

Sometimes corrosive materials also have incendiary or explosive properties. In this case, the standards outlined by the National Electric Code (NEC) may require your operations to be classified as a hazardous location.

Locations classified as Class I are hazardous because:

  1. There are flammable gases or vapors present in the air;
  2. And in quantities large enough that they are potentially explosive or ignitable if a source of ignition (electrical or otherwise) is present.

Common Class I Locations

Common Class I locations where C1D1 Scales are used include:

  • Petroleum Refineries
  • Areas where gasoline is stored or dispensed
  • Dry Cleaning Plants that may have vapor from cleaning fluids present
  • Spray Finishing Areas
  • Aircraft Hangars
  • Utility Gas Plants that store and handle liquefied petroleum gas or natural gas

…to name a few. Class I Locations are further broken down into divisions: I or II.

A Division I label means that the materials are present in daily operations and are normally explosive and hazardous. A Division II label means that the material is not normally present in an explosive concentration, but can become so due to an accident such as a spill or leak.

Class 1 Division 1 (C1D1) & Class 1 Division 2 (C1D2) Scales

These locations require equipment that has been specifically built and certified for use in that particular location. This is because the electronics in your facility can easily become a source of ignition.

Arcs and sparks can be caused by the normal operation of equipment, such as motor starters, contactors, and switches. The high temperatures associated with some heat-producing equipment, such as lamps and lighting fixtures, can also create a combustion hazard.

In short, a simple electrical equipment failure can cause an explosion that can destroy lives. Fortunately, our ArlynGuard B, C, F, and P scales feature one or more components that have been tested and approved to be “Intrinsically Safe.”

Arlyn Scales: Intrinsically Safe for Weighing Corrosive Materials

Our Intrinsically Safe Scales are certified for use in an impressive range of hazardous locations. In fact, they’re rated:

  • Intrinsically safe for use in Class I, II, III
    • Division I
      • Groups A through G
  • Non-incendive for use in Class I
    • Division II
      • Groups A through D
  • Suitable for use in Class II
    • Division II
      • Groups F & G
  • Suitable for use in Class III
    • Division II

Such environments are known to deal with gases and vapors such as acetylene, hydrogen, and similar compounds. They may also handle ether and similar chemicals, as well as hydrocarbons, fuels, solvents, and more.

How Intrinsically Safe are Equipped to Weigh Corrosive Materials

To boost endurance in hazardous environments, each ArlynGuard scale is equipped with one or more of the following:

  • Model MKE-5-IS(-C) Digital Weight Indicator System
  • Load Cell Models:
    • 620-300-IS
    • 620-100-IS
    • 620-50-IS
    • 620-25-IS
    • 620-10-IS
    • 520-10000L-IS
    • 520-5000L-IS
    • 520-5000-IS
    • 520-2500-IS
    • 520-1250-IS
    • 320-500-IS
    • 320-250-IS
    • and FM Approved components as per Approval Standards:
      • 3600
      • 3610
      • 3611
      • 3810

Why Measure Corrosive Chemicals with Arlyn Scales?

We offer an expansive catalog of industrial scales to serve a wide range of diverse operations. Large or small, we can get you equipped to weigh corrosive chemicals quickly, efficiently, and safely.

Our ArlynGuard series includes cylinder scales, platform scales, and floor scales. We even manufacture small bench scales that are suitable for locations like distillery labs.

The capacities of the products in this line range from as little as five pounds to as much as 20,000 pounds! So, you’re certain to find the perfect corrosion-resistant scale for your business.

Factory Direct Pricing

We manufacture all of our scales and their subassemblies in our New York based factory.

Furthermore, we distribute our products ourselves, which means there is no middleman to drive up prices unnecessarily.

Therefore, no matter what kind of corrosion-proof scale you require, Arlyn Scales provides high quality solutions at a competitive, factory-direct price.

Weigh Corrosive Chemicals Productively with Arlyn Scales

Whether you deal with small leaks or large spills, repairs and replacements are often necessary and always costly. To reduce downtime and maintenance costs, it’s vital to find a weighing solution that can handle your work environment.

And if you want years of trouble-free service from your scales, there’s no better choice than Arlyn Scales! Our scales can help you to automate some of your processes and record data on the storage device of your choice.

We speak with you to understand your unique environment, guide you to the ideal option in your budget, and answer all of your questions about additional features. To boost safety and productivity when weighing corrosive chemicals, reach out to our team today.