The Poly Processing chemical storage solution always begins with a thorough understanding of the chemical being stored. To design and recommend a safe, cost-effective chemical storage system, it's critical that we ask the right questions and do the right research to understand the makeup of a chemical and the potential reactions to various storage solutions.
Let’s take a brief look at how we learn about unique chemicals and build systems to meet chemical-specific requirements.
Understanding a Chemical's DNA
As we've mentioned in a previous post, the first step to creating a safe chemical storage solution is knowing the substance you're storing. In order to understand the chemical makeup of a particular substance, we start by reviewing the Material Safety Data Sheets, or MSDS sheets. Even branded chemicals require a thorough understanding of the chemical breakdown to ensure safe storage. We find the review process to be especially important when storing combined chemicals, as individual chemicals present certain characteristics, but when combined, they can present a completely different storage challenge.
Occasionally, the chemical or substance cannot be found on the chemical compatibility data sheets because it’s new or unknown. In these instances, we may go so far as to contact the chemical manufacturer to learn more about the chemical and its properties.
Once we have an understanding of the chemical makeup, we check the flash points of the chemicals to make sure it's compatible with storage in a Poly Processing tank. Any chemical with a flashpoint below 180°F can produce fumes that could ignite with potential static charges from the plastic of the tank, rendering it incompatible with Poly Processing's solutions.
Our next step is to review chemical compatibility data sheets to ensure that not only is the chemical compatible with the cross-linked polyethylene tank, but that all components of the storage system to be used, like bolts, gaskets, and fittings, are compatible as well.
Building Materials and Components to Meet Complex Demands
Our decades of researching unique chemicals have uncovered a variety of storage challenges. These challenges have led to the development of a variety of Poly Processing innovations in new, more robust resins, such as OR-1000, as well as the creation of numerous fittings, gaskets, and other accessories to ensure chemical compatibility and safe, cost-effective storage solutions.