Q. Is the "Mark 2000" easy to operate?
A. Dan-x ‘s Mark 2000 is powered by standard 110V electrical current, and can be manufactured to any electrical voltage standard by request to be used around the world. It instantly and safely crushes` fluorescent bulbs of any length as they're released into the feed tube. It's compact and portable enough to handle stairways easily and rugged enough to last for many years. The Mark 2000 can be used inside or outside to crush spent fluorescent lamps.
Q. Is it safe?
A. The Mark 2000 is UL & Entela certified, and has undergone rigorous field testing. Its heavy duty motor incorporates an interlocked electrical circuit automatic shut off. The Mark 2000 was designed with a looped filtration system that re-circulates the phosphor powder and mercury vapor within the unit , eliminating any potential mercury exposure to the operator. The Mark 2000 was designed for operator safety first, and crushing ability second.
Q. How many crushed bulbs will the "Mark 2000" hold?
A. Once 60 standard four foot fluorescent bulbs have been crushed by the Mark 2000, the heavy duty plastic bag must be changed. The Mark 2000 comes equipped with a weight sensor switch that will shut down the unit once the desired weight has been met by the 60 4 ft lamps crushed. The Mark 2000 may crush up to 80 four ft t-8 fluorescents before meeting the desired weight equal to the t-12 lamps.
Q. Does the "Mark 2000" require maintenance?
A. The Mark 2000 is designed to require minimal maintenance. The mercury and hepa filters must be replaced after crushing 1200 bulbs. The 8" X 10" particle filters need to be replaced after 1200 bulbs have been crushed. The unit itself is constructed from heavy duty corrosion resistant metal casing, and has been designed to last for many years. Replacement bag and filter kits are available from the supplier that will allow the crushing of 1200 4ft spent fluorescents, before having to re- order.
Q. What happens to the crushed components?
A. The crushed lamps in the Mark 2000 plastic liner should be handled as hazardous waste, even though the crushed lamps will pass the Toxic Characteristic Leachate Procedure (TCLP) regulated limit of 0.02ppm, before acceptance in regular landfills. The filters are hazardous materials and should be handled as such and in accordance with local municipal, or other applicable government regulations for your areA. Since regulations vary between jurisdictions you must consult with your nearest waste handling authority or EPA office to determine the appropriate disposal method.
Q. How can you tell the filters are spent?
A. Through previous testing on the Mark 2000, it was determined that the 8x10 particle filters would need to be changed after 1200 tubes were crushed. The mercury and hepa filters would need to be changed after 1200 tubes were crushed. The Mark 2000 filtration system operates by airflow measurements to trap the phosphor powder and mercury vapor from the lamps at it maximum levels. Included in the operating manual of the Mark 2000 is a chart for the operator to record the spent lamps that were crushed therefore allowing physical control of how many lamps are being crushed in the unit, avoiding an oversight of the filter replacements. This chart can also be located online at www.danxonline.com .
Q. What about the phosphor? Where does it go?
A. About 99% of the phosphor dust is being pulled through the filtration system and is collected by the 8x10 activated carbon/particulate filter. For added filtration, there are two mercury/hepa filters below the carbon /particulate filters on the back of the unit, that will conceal any particulate that may escape through the carbon/ particulate filter.
Q. Are their special containers the customer needs to take to the hazardous waste site?
A. The generator that want to dispose of the mercury/hepa and carbon /particulate filters as hazardous waste, must have proper manifestation documents in place to ensure proper disposal guidelines are met, and most hazardous waste companies will provide this documentation to those who need their services for proper disposal. These filters should be placed in a sealed drum to be stored while waiting for pick up from the hazardous waste firm being used.
Q. What kind of maintenance is required, if any?
A. The Mark 2000 was designed to have minimum maintenance during its use in the work place. However, changing the filters at the required time will help ensure that minimal maintenance would be required to the unit as time goes on. The unit should be kept clean at all times to insure environmental air standards are kept .
Q. Is the unit made from recycled plastic?
A. The Mark 2000 container is made with a heavy gauge rust resistant steel casing that will last in the most rugged work environments, including salt water . Many Navel Vessels use our Mark 2000 on board to help with disposing their spent fluorescent tubes.
Q. Do the particle filters ever need to be replaced? Where do the customers get them?
A. The particle and carbon filter must be replaced after 1200 tubes have been crushed in the unit. The filters can be purchased from your supplier upon request. The costs of the replacement bag & filter kit is to be determined by your supplier of the Mark 2000 and we supply all distributors and dealers, with these accessories. The product # for the replacement bag and filter kit is #99108
Q. How many bulbs can be crushed before the replaceables needs replacing?
A. The Product #99108 replacement bag & filter kit will allow crushing of 1200 4 ft fluorescent tubes before having to re-order. The Master case replacement filter and bag kit is also available and comes packed with five kits per master case.
Q. Can you crush one bulb every 2-3 minutes?
A. The answer to this is no. What we are saying in our operating manual is that, after there have been bulbs crushed in the unit, let the unit run 2-3 minutes to allow the vacuum to filter, the chamber of the phosphor dust and mercury vapor. A fluorescent lamp once inserted into the Mark 2000, will be crushed instantly.
A. If there is a problem with the Mark 2000 unit, within the one-year warranty period, the supplier will replace the unit free of charge and be re -in burst by the manufacture. After the warranty period have ran out on the Mark 2000, and there is a problem or need a part, the customer may contact their supplier of the unit and proper protocol will be given to correct or replace any parts that may be needed.
Q. Where do customers get more bags & filter kits?
A. The bags & filter kits can be purchased from the supplier of the Mark 2000 or can be purchased online or by fax, from DAN-X INCORPORATED
Q. How does it potentially eliminate fire hazards?
A. The Mark 2000 was certified by ENTELA for electrical safety and was tested by using a dielectric-testing device.
Q. Are there operating instructions with the unit?
A. Yes. The operating manual will accompany all Mark 2000 units.
Q. What does the customer do with the crushed glass?
A. Once the customer determines what his disposal practice is going to be, he than can get in contact with the "example" hazardous waste company, and they in turn will provide them with an empty container to store the crushed bags of glass and supply them with the proper manifestation documents to allow for proper disposal. If they want to dispose the crushed lamps in regular landfill, a TCLP test may be required on the crushed glass to determine if it meets the regulatory limit of 0.02ppm for landfill acceptance.