Companies that are involved in weighing hazardous waste and materials have to take special care to safeguard against the damaging effects of these potentially dangerous substances. Industrial scales that are used to routinely weigh such substances should be made of stainless steel. This is the case no matter what kind of container the substance is housed in. There is no way to safeguard against a leak or spill 100%.
Toxic liquids and gases are usually transported in cylindrical steel drums. If the liquid is corrosive to metal drums, then drums made from industrial-grade plastics are used instead. Substances that are normally kept in plastic drums include: liquid nitrogen, carbon dioxide, chlorine, ammonia sodium hypochlorite, alum, chlorine, and more.
The most widely used drum size is 55 gallons. To properly weigh these drums, the drums are typically manually manipulated – meaning the drums are rolled on their sides and transported onto platform scales that way. Arlyn Scales manufactures well-built platform scales that are made entirely out of stainless steel. These scales are made to endure extreme use and are welded construction. The less moving parts on a heavy-duty scale the more rugged the scale is.
Corrosion Resistant Coatings On Scales
Buying from Arlyn Scales gives you the added option of getting special corrosion resistant coating on your scales. This coating stands up to spills and leaks that inevitably come from handling drums that hold hazardous substances. If you have a spill, then these scales can be washed down easily and you never have to worry about the scales rusting.
Moisture-Resistant Digital Readers
The digital readouts that are on Arlyn Scales’ scales feature built-in rubber seals, which protect the sensitive technology inside from moisture and liquid absorption.
Sort Batches As You Measure
The displays can also come loaded with sophisticated software that will help users batch results as they go along. It will take accurate and methodical counts as items are loaded onto the scale platform, in addition to grouping them for you and transmitting them remotely to a database on a PC.
All of these capabilities translate to less time spent handling hazardous waste and materials.
Intrinsically Safe Scales
If you are handling flammable or explosive materials, then you may choose to get an explosive environment scale from Arlyn Scales instead. These scales are available under the ArlynGuard category. The scales are intrinsically safe scales and are highly accurate and have no moving parts. Arlyn Scales’ ArlynGuard scales have one or more components that have been tested and approved to be intrinsically safe for use in an impressive range of hazardous locations, including:
- Intrinsically safe for use in Class I, II, III; Division I; Groups A through G
- Non-incedive 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
Each ArlynGuard scale is equipped with one or more of:
- 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, 520-5000IS, 520-2500-IS, 520-1250-IS, 320-500-IS and 320-250-IS, which are FM Approved components as per Approval Standard 3600, 3610, 3611 and 3810.
Learn More About Regulations Relating To Hazardous Waste
Hazardous waste and materials pose a risk to employees, other equipment, and the environment. The government strictly regulates the disposal of hazardous waste. All businesses that produce, transport, and use them must be aware of the safety standards and regulations involved. If your waste product or chemical substances conform to the HCS (Hazard Communication Standard), then you can consult OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) for additional guidance.
What Makes Intrinsically Safe Scales Special?
The main difference between explosion proof/intrinsically safe industrial scales and standard industrial scales is explosion proof scales operate on much low power. Also, many intrinsically safe scales do not have any external power source—rechargeable batteries power the scales.
The idea with intrinsically safe scales is to reduce the risk of fires and explosions as much as possible. Sparks coming into contact with flammable and explosive materials is what causes fires and explosions; therefore, it is necessary to eliminate the opportunities for sparks to be created to avoid fires and explosions.
ArlynGuard Explosion Proof Scales are Highly Accurate
Consumers often wonder if explosion proof scales are as accurate as standard industrial scales because explosion proof scales operate on low power. The answer? They can.
Arlyn Scales’ selection of ArlynGuard explosion proof scales is available in a range of maximum capacities and resolutions. For example, the ArlynGuard B Intrinsically Safe Bench Scale is offered with weight capacities ranging between 5 and 150 pounds, and resolutions ranging between .001 and .05 pounds.
The capacities and resolutions for other ArlynGuard scales include:
ArlynGuard C Intrinsically Safe Cylinder Scale
- Maximum capacities ranging from 60 to 400 pounds
- Resolutions ranging from .02 to .1 pounds
ArlynGuard P Intrinsically Safe Platform Scale
- Maximum capacities ranging from 500 to 1,000 pounds
- Resolutions ranging from .1 to .2 pounds
ArlynGuard F Intrinsically Safe Floor Scale
- Maximum capacities ranging from 2,500 to 20,000 pounds
- Resolutions ranging from .5 to 5 pounds
Find the Intrinsically Safe Scale Your Facility Needs Today
Take a closer look at the different styles and customizations available for our explosion proof scales and reach out to our team with any questions by calling us at 877-540-7934 or filling out our online contact form.