Keller-Heartt Blog: February 2017
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Three Reasons Every Shop Needs a Parts Washer

When you’re gearing up to make repairs, reassemble engine parts, or keep industrial machinery in top shape, you don’t want to spend more time than is necessary to get those parts clean. If the shop has been thrown everything and the kitchen sink, don’t settle for any sink to get the job done. The most reliable way to create a more efficient production is to let an appropriate parts washer do the grit work for you. And removing grease, grime, chips, and debris is only the first benefit.

Parts Washers Reduce Labor Time

One of the greatest advantages of a parts washer is its ability to reduce scrubbing time, as well as waste removal labor. Spray cabinets, agitating washers, and even ultrasonic washers (using sound energy) that include heavy duty pumps, large soaking basins, or agitators allow technicians to clean especially large or difficult parts with little effort and minimal scrubbing. This frees up time to tend to other tasks. Though sink-on-drum washers (common for auto shops and smaller parts) require a bit more manual work, their simple and easily moveable design makes waste removal no sweat.

Parts Washers Can Make the Work Environment Safer

Numerous parts washers today use aqueous solutions, a mixture of water and detergents that are less flammable and harmful to one’s health. If possible, switching from a petroleum-based or chlorinated solvent diminishes the risks of workplace illness. Automatic washers and spray cabinets also reduce the amount of hand-contact with the solution to minimize irritation.

Then come the cost benefits. In addition to employee safety, this eco-friendly option will save you money in toxic waste management and costs associated with regulatory and compliance issues. Since aqueous parts washers don’t contain VOCs, the water waste is allowed to evaporate. There will be less remaining waste to manage as a result.

Make a Return on Your Investment with a Parts Washer’s Lasting Endurance

The more automatic and aggressive the parts washer, the more expensive the start-up cost will be. But that’s not to say that a parts washer beyond a simple sink-on-drum will not pay for itself over time. The longevity of parts washers is improved with dual filtration systems, asbestos socks, and oil skimming mechanisms so that you can reuse the washer solutions over and over again. The washer’s continual productivity, coupled with reduced labor time, will realize more efficient assemblies and repairs, resulting in greater profits and yield.

Want to cash in on these benefits? Keller-Heartt’s catalog of Fluidall parts washers and degreaser concentrates will help you get the ball rolling and the grime disappearing.

Benefits of Fluid Storage Tanks for Complete Storage Management

The phrase ‘Less is more’ isn’t limited to your wardrobe or interior design. In fact, that common adage is a motto that can save you money, time, and valuable inventory in your shop. Lubricants and other auto and industrial fluids’ packaging can take up quite a bit of space, leading to unnecessary labor, uncleanliness, and additional waste. The solution is to invest in fluid storage tanks. By condensing multiple drums or containers of a single fluid into one tank, you can reap numerous benefits:
  1. Reducing the number of containers creates more floor space and eliminates clutter that can get in the way of your operation. By eliminating the number of containers, you can more efficiently organize, store, and label fluids.
  2. Compact fluid storage with accessible fill ports makes it simpler to buy fluids in bulk, which is often more cost-effective.
  3. A fluid storage tank has easier mobility, so employees won’t have to roll multiple drums from point A to point B in order to dispense fluid. This is less time-consuming, but more importantly, it is safer for employees who no longer have to strain or risk injury when rolling, pushing, pulling, or breaking (moving from standing position) a drum.
  4. Outside storage, leaky containers, and other contamination hazards can be eradicated with strong, polyethylene storage tanks. Increase your indoor space with stackable tanks and decrease unusable, dirty fluid.
  5. Fluid storage tanks allow you to condense half-full containers of fluid to reduce the amount of waste caused by excessive packaging. Many polyethylene tanks are translucent, so you can easily track the total amount of fluid remaining in your operation.
Are you ready to take advantage of the many benefits organized fluid storage has to offer? Use code STORAGE by the end of February for a 5% discount on lubricant storage equipment, including Fluidall tanks, from Keller-Heartt.

FAQs About Diesel Exhaust Fluid Storage

What is the shelf life of diesel exhaust fluid in storage?

If diesel exhaust fluid is stored between the recommended temperatures of 12°F and 90°F, the expected shelf life is approximately 1 year.

Is it OK to store diesel exhaust fluid in high temperature areas?

Avoid storing diesel exhaust fluid at high temperatures whenever possible. When stored at temperatures between 12°F and 90°F, DEF can be expected to have a shelf life of approximately 1 year. When stored in an environment where high temperatures occur, typically over 90°F, this can lead to reduced shelf life and the formation of ammonia in the DEF.

Does diesel exhaust fluid freeze?

Yes. Diesel exhaust fluid will freeze if exposed to temperatures under 12°F, however, DEF that has frozen can still be used once it has thawed and has returned to a completely liquid state.

Is diesel exhaust fluid a hazardous substance?

No. By comparison to fluids such as diesel fuel and brake fluid, diesel exhaust fluid is less
hazardous, composed of naturally occurring components, and is biodegradable.
DEF is listed as a "non-hazardous" material and can be transported without a DOT
approved hazardous substance placard.

Will diesel exhaust fluid harm my aluminum container?

It is more important to consider what materials will harm the diesel exhaust fluid itself rather than what materials the DEF can harm as DEF will not harm most materials. The metal from aluminum tanks can leach into the DEF causing it to become contaminated.

What materials are compatible with diesel exhaust fluid?

Caution must be used when selecting an appropriate storage material for diesel exhaust fluid as there are many materials that will damage the DEF. DEF approved stainless steel and poly are common materials used in DEF storage. DEF approved storage containers are available from Keller-Heartt here.

Is it normal to see a build up of chalky, white material around the DEF storage containers and nozzles?

Yes, DEF can leave a chalky residue behind when the liquid evaporates. This is normal and can simply be cleaned off with deionized water.

If you are in need of DEF storage equipment, Keller-Heartt can help. Browse our complete selection of DEF storage equipment here and use the code STORAGE at checkout through 2/28/17 to save 5% on all storage products.