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The Importance of Appropriate Safety Precautions with Anhydrous Ammonia Hose
Anhydrous ammonia (NH3) is potentially the most dangerous liquid found on the job. Its colorless, corrosive, and dehydrating capabilities make it an imminent threat to all who encounter it, even if the contact is indirect. Anhydrous ammonia hoses used improperly and carelessly may cause severe injuries and even fatalities.
In farming, anhydrous ammonia is commonly used as a nitrous fertilizer because of its ease of use, wide availability, and practical cost. In the right environment, NH3 remains a gas, but when pressure is added or it meets cool air, the product becomes a liquid. Most farmers inject liquid NH3 into the subsoil, where it returns to its gas form. This helps to transfer the needed nitrogen into the soil’s moisture, making it nutrient rich. While this process is tried and true, it does require the utmost care and attention because of the chemical’s dangerous nature.
Causes of Accidents
How do you protect against the dangers of anhydrous ammonia in an agricultural working environment? Since most incidents occur with incorrect hoses, you must make sure the hose being used is compounded specifically for this hazardous product, meaning it can sustain consistent use safely. Secondly, a critical error with anhydrous ammonia hoses is incorrect fitting or installation, ultimately causing failure and harming those using it.
The safest method for coupling this type of hose involves a permanent crimped fitting. This fitting is ideal because it requires the least maintenance, whereas reusable fittings need regular tightening, or they become unsafe.
Because we understand the importance of safety, especially when working with NH3, Motion Conveyance Solutions has your engineered pre-coupled NH3 hoses. They are approved, permanent crimped fittings attached using manufacturer-certified coupling procedures, making them the best choice for your anhydrous ammonia hose needs.
We consistently review our coupling process, and our fabricators are rigorously trained, audited, and certified annually. Assemblies are tested and certified to ensure the impressive quality and reliability our customers expect. We will continue to raise the bar and implement innovation in the agricultural industry, helping to keep individuals safe and improve their performance.
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