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The Ideal Bench Scale for Chemical Packaging

Posted by on 25th October, 2022


In the chemical industry, packaging is an essential part of the process, and it comes with significant safety concerns. Chemical exposures present risk to operators, equipment, and workspaces. And cross-contamination presents risk to product quality and purity and potential danger to consumers. Following safety protocols and industry best practices, as well as purchasing the right instruments that allow for proper sanitation is critical for maintaining a safe work environment and meeting regulatory approvals.

A Potentially Dangerous Industry

Chemicals such as alcohols, gases, pesticides, vehicle fuels, aerosol sprays, and hydrocarbon-rich compounds can cause physical harm if not handled carefully. Industrial chemicals and compounds can pose critical health hazards. Exposure to chemicals that are highly acidic or basic can cause burns and exposure to toxic aerosols can cause breathing issues. These types of chemicals are often flammable or support combustion.

For these reasons, the packaging process, including filling and capping containers is typically automated with minimal human interaction. Hazardous chemicals must be packaged by bottle filling machines to limit human interaction and thus, exposure risks.

Depending on the classification of the chemicals being packaged, transported, distributed, and/or stored, the containers used may be glass, plastic, or metal. Each variety comes with pros and cons.

Plastic bottles or containers are becoming less common due to environmental concerns. They can also transfer leaked chemicals from the plastic. Recycled glass is a popular option, however, the sealed cap is still going to be made of some form of plastic or rubber, which can be the most problematic source of leaking chemicals.

In addition to carefully following safety standards, it’s important for warehouses to use instruments that are durable and reliable, with intelligently designed safety features specifically suited to this type of work.

The new OHAUS Defender 6000 extreme washdown bench scale is built to withstand heavy duty usage and high-pressure, high-temperature wash downs common in chemical industry applications.

Durable, water-tight Defender 6000 stands up to harsh use and cleaning with IP68 immersion/IP69K washdown protection. A 316 stainless steel platform and frame, stainless steel loadcell, and sturdy indicators allow Defender 6000 to handle high water temperature, water pressure, and harsh cleaning products commonly used for washdown cleanings in chemical processing areas. Defender 6000 will withstand daily use with 150% overload protection.

Defender 6000 has an open-frame base design with no exposed threads, tight corners, or other places where material can build up. The open-back column makes for easy cleaning, and optional overpans reduce build-up. All these features work together to limit contamination risks. Additional safety features include a stability indicator, overload/underload indicators, auto shut-off, auto tare, and adjustable non-slip rubber feet.

The NSF-certified Defender 6000 meets metrological standards and supports HACCP systems, making it an excellent choice for regulated industrial environments like chemical processing and packaging.

Defender 6000 is also incredibly versatile with a user-friendly interface and advanced features to suit a range of weighing applications, including Weighing, Counting with APW optimization, Percent Weighing, Checkweighing, Checkcounting, Filling, and Dynamic Weighing/Display Hold.

Remarkably durable Defender 6000 is easy to clean, easy to operate, and offers the reliable precision and available support you have come to expect from OHAUS.

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