November 18, 2013
When storing or transporting some things, keeping them at a constant pressure makes them safer to deal with or protects them from contamination. The things this applies to are referred to as static pressure materials. When choosing a storage vessel for these static pressure materials, it is important to get as good a quality product as possible because there are risks involved in dealing with any pressure equipment. Many companies have, to their dismay, chosen low cost, low quality pressure equipment and paid the price in accidents and wasted product. Below are a couple of examples of such materials and the risks a company runs when attempting to find a bargain on pressure equipment.
Flammable gases are probably the most commonly seen pressure material. There is a twofold reason for storing them in this fashion. The first is space. As easily evaporating materials, the space they can occupy is effectively infinite. In other words, they will evaporate and expand to fit as large a container as is available. Putting these materials under static pressure to force them to remain in a liquid form minimizes the space required to store and transport them. The more important reason is that the liquid form of such materials is far more stable, and therefore safe, to deal with than gas. The risk when dealing with poorly manufactured or unsuitable pressure equipment is explosive, literally.
Many food items remain fresh and uncontaminated best when pressurized. The vessel itself protects from contamination and the pressure retards some processes that make the food go bad. A company choosing a cut rate pressure storage or transport solution for such foods runs the dual risk of ruining product or even worse, delivering contaminated product. Quality is particularly key in these applications because not only is too little pressure a bad thing, but too much can also ruin product in a different way. Having pressure equipment that is just right is the only way to gain the benefits.
Like flammable gases, many toxic chemicals are far less dangerous when pressurized into liquid form. For such materials, the lack of proper pressure is a tremendous hazard to anyone in the area. This is probably the most immediately risky proposition with the most potentially far reaching consequences. Again, knowing a leak could mean not only endangering lives but raising the ire of government bodies that deal harshly with offenders.
Any activity that needs static pressure is something that makes it worth choosing quality pressure equipment. The consequences of failing to do so can spell the end for a company.
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Hastings, VIC 3915
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