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Simple sampling of flashpoints

The management and disposal of waste materials is internationally regulated and the industry has a duty of care regarding associated risks, with significant financial and legal penalties if these are not followed.

The Setaflash small-scale close cup test, ASTM D3828, is called up in most waste regulations to determine a material’s flammability and whether it should be classified as hazardous.

The Setaflash instrument is a simple and cost-effective test that can be undertaken on-site with minimum operator skill. Results assist those responsible for hand­ling waste to report flashpoint values as required under the regulations.

The Setaflash Series 3 requires just 2ml of sample, which enables the target temperature to be reached typically within one or two minutes. An igniter is then applied to check for a flash.

Many traditional flash point tests require a much larger volume of sample (typically 70-80ml) and also take 30 minutes or longer to perform.

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