Bottom vs. Top OPW Loading Arm

When your company requires the use of any vehicle utilizing an OPW loading arm you may at times have the option of bottom vs. top arm. Keep in mind that a bottom loading arm is always going to offer more safety.

OPW loading armHere are some benefits that might help you to decide which OPW loading arm would be right for your individual application.

The bottom OPW loading arm offers the following benefits over a top loading arm:

Safer working conditions. Bottom loading systems create less turbulence in the tank, reducing the danger of generating static electricity.
Vapor reduction. Bottom loading reduces vapors, and can be easily adapted to fully recover vapors displaced during loading.
Operator safety. The operator remains on the ground, not on top of the vehicle where falls could occur.
Faster loading time. Connections can be made more quickly.
Less costly loading platforms. Bottom loading islands are simpler and cheaper to build than top loading racks.

A properly designed top loading system will have sufficient vertical movement and drop pipe lengths to service vehicles of varying heights. The top OPW loading arm has sufficient horizontal range to reach the farthest compartment.

OPW offers a complete line of equipment for efficiently loading and unloading petroleum products, chemicals, and liquefied gases.

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