Safely Dispose Of Fluorescent Lamps Or Tubes
Fluorescent tubes are the most common light source now in use in offices and plants throughout the developed world because of their high electricity to light conversion efficiency. While they come in many shapes, the 4 foot and 8 foot long tubes are the most common. Mercury is essential to the operation of the tubes. In the manufacturing process the required mercury is placed inside the tube. A four-foot tube will contain 13 to 50 milligrams of mercury and an 8 foot tube will contain 20 to 75 milligrams of mercury. The average four foot tube will additionally contain 4 to 5 grams of a light emitting phosphor powder on the inside of the glass tube.
Mercury in many forms and compounds has been designated as a hazardous substance by the Environmental Protection agency and others because of its adverse affects on our biological systems. Fluorescent tubes have a typical operational life span of 8000 to 10 000 hours, roughly one year of continuous operation. At the end of their useful life they need to be disposed of in a safe, compliant manner. The disposal process presents many challenges; the most important one is not breaking the tube before mercury vapor control can exercised.
The handling of the tubes in the act of replacement, packing shipping and unloading presents many opportunities for breakage and thereby uncontrolled release of mercury as liquid and vapor. The controlled crushing of fluorescent tubes as close as possible to the source of the tube exchange minimizes the chances for uncontrolled mercury release.
LAMP CRUSHER FEATURES AND BENEFITS
- The Drizit crushers feature an activated carbon filter for mercury vapor recovery to keep vapors below 0.05mg/m3 TLV|(Threshold Limited Value) as per OSHA.
- The Drizit patented filtration system on all units is equipped with a motorized fan that continuously draws all mercury vapor and dust through the filter media.
- Our patented sleeve system (see image) allows the user to never be exposed when changing the drum.
- All feed opening of our chutes for any lamps have a self-closing trap door to avoid workers exposure to vapor or more importantly to shattered glass.
- All of our systems include optical sensors for tube and drum counts. Filter saturation is also monitored by the system to ensure optimal performance and safety.
- Our crushing systems are made of 4 heavy duty metal flails (see image b) mounted inside a separate chamber in order to create finer glass particles and to be able to have as many as 20% more crushed tubes per drum.
- Our double crushing chamber allows the unit to stay below 65db of noise even when crushing occurs.
LC-ENVIRO PLUS LAMP/TUBE CRUSHER
Economical and for smaller volumes, this model is made to crush 4 to 8 foot tubes. There is no impact shield with this model and it does not include poly sleeve. The 210L (45 lmp gal) drum is not included. The drum dolly is optional.
|LC40000||LC-ENVIRO PLUS LAMP CRUSHER|
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS - LAMP/TUBE CRUSHER
|BASIC MACHINE SPECIFICATIONS||RDA|
|SHIP.WGHT,POUND: (KG)||75 LB: (34KG)|
|NORMAL CONTAINER||210L DRUM|
|FILTER CAP.4 FOOT TUBES||2400|
|HG EMISSION, MG/CUB METER||0.02 AVERAGE|
|FLAIL MOTOR HORES POWER(HP)||1/13|
|LAMP TYPES HANDLED:|
|FLUORESC, TUBES, 8FT OR LESS||YES|
|U AND CIRCULAR TUBES 15 INCHES||NO|
|BULBS TO 7.5 DIAMETER||NO|
|CIRCULAR TUBES TO 15" DIAMETER||NO|
|ESTIMATES AND CAPACITIES:|
|CAP.4FT TUBES, NORMAL CONTAINER||800|
|FEED CAPACITY, 4 FT TUBES/BINUTES||25|
|FLAIL LIFE, NUMBER OF 4 FT TUBES||40000|