Stainless and Wash-down Scales
Stainless Steel Scales
Numerous industries require scale components be constructed with stainless steel. Stainless steel is superior due to its strength, resistance to corrosion and low maintenance. It is a ductile metal that can be formed or welded with smooth seams and joints preventing contamination while allowing for easy cleaning.
Food Processors request stainless steel for its non-corrosive property when in contact with food, and does not impart any flavor, color or odor. And is easily cleaned and sanitized meeting National Sanitation Foundation’s (NSF) guidelines and various government regulations.
Chemical, Gas and Oil Industries require the non-reactive properties of stainless steel and its ability to handle high temperatures. Being non-porous fares well in toxic environments with the ability to be cleaned and toxins neutralized.
Extreme Environments require a product that is not adversely impacted by caustic liquids, various salt compounds, solvents or flammable/combustible vapors. Stainless steel is the material of choice for most applications.
Equipment wash-down ratings are referenced by the International Protection Marking referred to as “IP”. The rating is depicted by the letters “IP” followed by a two-digit code and possibly a letter. The first number references the ability for solid objects to penetrate the enclosure such as dust and dirt. The second number relates to the ability for liquid infiltration. The higher the numbers, the better the protection. For example – IP69K stands for 6=Dust tight with 9K= Protected against close-range high pressure, high temperature spray downs. This is the highest rating listed for wash-down equipment.
If the equipment does not contain these ratings than you should assume that extreme care must be given to the environment where the equipment is used and cleaning method.
We represent numerous manufacturers that provide various levels of wash-down equipment and designs to facilitate easy cleaning and sanitation. Contact our sales department for assistance in determining what level of wash-down protection is needed in your application.