The Beauty of Custom Loading Arms
Since our early coal-and-steam days kickstarted the industrial revolution, we’ve perfected how we transport fluids and hazardous material. Often the most precarious moment of transfer is that first loading point from refinery to vehicle, where tank trucks and railcars roll in to guzzle up any of the following:
- Pressurized Liquids
- Caustic Soda
- Corn Syrup
- Edible Oils
- Molten Sulfur
- Shale Oil
- Sulfuric Acid
A pliable, winding hose might seem like the best way to direct these kinds of fluids. But solid pipes made from carbon steel or aluminum actually move the compounds much more effectively.
With the creation of innovative swivel joints, these pipes can achieve rotation and directionality similar to a hose structure by connecting to precisely designed loading arms.
Loading Arms offer the following advantages:
- Options for top and bottom loading
- Safe containment of high-pressure chemicals
- Easy pressure monitoring
- Ability to track measurements
- Well-devised leak avoidance
- Overflow solutions
- Cages and gangplanks incorporated for safety
The tradeoff for all this speed, efficiency, and cleanliness is that loading arms can’t promise a one-size-fits-all solution. Not every vehicle or loading site is designed the same, and not every fluid requires the same kind of treatment. So how do you manufacture a loading arm that’s always pointing exactly where you need it?
This is where customization comes into play. A company like Safe Rack assesses the needs of a particular industrial setting, then designs and builds a custom loading arm to fit and perform accordingly.
With a piece of equipment this tailored and specific, you get all the benefits of a standard loading arm model that is molded to the site and scenario you require.
As a result, hundreds of entirely singular loading arm installations operate across the country. These uniquely developed pieces may belong to the same family of machinery, but no two are exactly alike.