Uses for Heated Storage
You’d be hard pressed to find a business that has no storage needs whatsoever. Even corporate offices have cabinets and closets dedicated to necessary tools like pens, printer paper, and other office supplies. If you run a catering business, heated storage can be an essential element of transporting food to events or keeping it warm on-site.
Of course, there are businesses for which a failure to maintain certain items at a set temperature could result in a catastrophic failure. We’re talking about companies that create, use, and store hazardous materials, such as chemicals and other substances.
When properly stored and handled, these substances are unlikely to be terribly risky. However, when they are subjected to extreme temperatures, all manner of problems could arise, potentially resulting in harm to facilities, workers, the environment, or the public at large.
In other words, it’s imperative that businesses involved in the storage of hazardous materials like chemicals or waste take pains to ensure the highest level of safety and security. This could mean purchasing a drum heating cabinet (or several, depending on volume). Here are some of the uses and benefits of drum heating cabinets.
Naturally, the main reason to purchase a drum heating cabinet is to ensure that you can control the temperature of the environment in which you place hazardous substances, whether they are volatile, unstable, or otherwise risky. Some chemicals require specific temperature ranges to remain safe and/or stable.
If these substances are stored in environments that are too hot or too cold, they could suffer instability or become unusable. Neither is a desirable outcome from a business perspective.
If you happen to store chemicals outside of your facility (i.e., not in a permanent structure), then you want to ensure temperature control even when the outside temperature plummets, say during the winter months. A drum heating cabinet gives you the ability to control the temperature surrounding bottles, drums, or other containers holding hazardous chemicals or other substances that need to stay within a specific temperature range for safety purposes.
Humidity can affect hazardous materials in a number of ways. Ideally, your storage drums or other containers will be properly sealed so as to avoid the incursion of air, much less moisture. However, humidity can actually be detrimental to the storage containers themselves, potentially causing deterioration that can lead to leaks, contamination, or more serious concerns.
A lack of humidity is also a concern in some cases due to the possibility of sparks. Whether your drum heating cabinet comes with humidity controls or not, the addition of heat can help to control humidity. However, this could depend on the type of heat you’re using and whether or not you want to decrease or increase humidity levels.
Maintaining Substance Properties
In addition to maintaining safety when storing hazardous chemicals or other materials, some businesses are also intent on maintaining the properties of substances being stored in cabinets. Appropriate temperature ranges can help to keep substances in a solid or liquid state, and/or maintain fluidity and viscosity.
This could be important for both safety and practical usage reasons. You might also want the ability to adjust temperature controls in order to cause melting or evaporation when you’re ready to use materials stored in your cabinet.
Comply with Rules and Regulations
OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and other governing bodies have rules and regulation in place to protect workers, the environment, and the public from potential harm resulting from improper storage and handling of hazardous materials.
This includes laws regarding housing hazardous substances in storage cabinets or rooms that are set to appropriate temperatures, as instructed by manufacturers or safety boards, just for example. You want to make sure you’re in compliance with related rules and regulations at both federal and state levels so as to avoid penalties, and more importantly, possible harm.
Customize to Suit Your Needs
Drum heating cabinets allow you to heat (or in some cases cool) the contents of the enclosure to a desired temperature and adjust as needed. These cabinets are especially beneficial if you deal with a variety of chemicals that need to be kept at different temperatures. You can use several cabinets to maintain different temperatures at less expense than installing separate temperature controls in several areas of your business facilities.