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  • NFPA Introduces NFPA 652 Combustible Dust Standard

    July 27, 2015

    Every year, destructive and deadly dust-related fires and explosions affect a wide range of industries around the world. In the United States alone, 50 combustible dust accidents occurred between 2008 and 2012. To manage the dust-related fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards in industries that...

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  • New Rupture Disc Well Suited for Chemical Use

    July 21, 2015

    The Large Atlas rupture disc is an extension of Fike's Atlas product offering. Large Atlas utilizes the proven and patented G2 manufacturing technology to produce rupture discs with enhanced performance characteristics including, high burst tolerances, full vacuum/back pressure resistance, 95%...

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  • Assessing Thermal Stability: The Challenge of Powders

    July 20, 2015

    When it comes to solid materials, thermal instability can result not only from self-reaction or molecular fragmentation (decomposition), but also from oxidation – reaction of the solid with atmospheric oxygen. As the median particle size of a product decreases, the surface area to volume...

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  • Four Feared Dead after Wood Flour Mill Explosions

    July 20, 2015

    One person died and three others are feared dead after explosions at Wood Flour Mills near Cheshire, England Friday, July 17. William Barks, 51, Dorothy Bailey, 62, Jason Shingler, 38, and Derek Moore, 62 are believed to have been inside the mill when the explosion ripped through the building just...

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  • Chemical Safety Board to Discuss Chemical Safety Issues

    July 16, 2015

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will hold a public business meeting on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, to discuss chemical safety issues, including the status of current CSB investigations at Dupont in LaPorte, TX, and West Fertilizer in West, TX.  The Board will also discuss and may vote on...

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  • Combustible Dust Explosion Protection for Elevators

    July 16, 2015

    Industrial elevators are notoriously difficult to protect against the ravages of combustible dust explosions, but, in accordance with NFPA 61 and 68, elevators must be equipped with suitable venting and isolation to minimize the impact of a combustible dust event. Whether your elevator is...

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  • Free Explosion Protection Seminar

    July 15, 2015

    Fike Corp. announces a free, one-day explosion protection seminar that will be offered in four different cities. Attendees will learn about the following: •    Combustible Dust Essentials •    NFPA Standards and Code Updates •  ...

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  • Fike Expands Explosion Vent Product Lines

    July 14, 2015

    Fike Corp. has added two new types of vents to its explosion vent product lines: the round Sani-VA sanitary vent and the CV-S high vacuum vent.   The Sani-VA sanitary explosion vent is ideal for demanding "clean" applications.   "Fike has developed a leak-proof,...

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  • Shipping Execs Say Hazmat Transport Regs Too Complex

    July 13, 2015

    Is complying with the multitude of regulations for the transport of hazardous materials – also known as dangerous goods (DG) – truly a challenge? Well, even Albert Einstein would have had problems figuring out some of the rules, according to shipping executives recently surveyed by...

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  • Deaths of Four Workers Prompts Deeper Look at DuPont

    July 9, 2015

    In November 2014, a worker was overcome at a DuPont chemical manufacturing facility when a supply line unexpectedly released more than 20,000 lb of methyl mercaptan, a deadly chemical. Three co-workers came to the worker’s aid in an attempted rescue, but all four were asphyxiated fatally by...

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