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  • How to Eliminate Electrostatic Charging of Powder Processing Equipment

    April 23, 2014

    Powder processing operations can generate vast quantities of electrostatic charge via the movement of powder. The standard method of charging on powder processing operations is due to tribo-electrification, which is basically the contact and separation of the powder with processing equipment, the...

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  • Investigation Finds West Fertilizer Explosion Was Preventable

    April 23, 2014

    The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its preliminary findings into the April 17, 2013, West Fertilizer explosion and fire in West, TX that resulted in at least 14 fatalities, 226 injuries, and widespread community damage. Large quantities of ammonium nitrate (AN) fertilizer exploded after being...

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  • Fire and Dust Explosion Prevention

    April 22, 2014

    With the aggressive nature of processing powder and bulk solid materials through drying, shredding, granulating, and pelletizing processes there is a high risk of generating ignition sources like sparks or embers. These hazards are quickly transported along the production line through the pneumatic...

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  • Integrated Safety Monitoring Filter

    April 17, 2014

    The integrated safety monitoring filter (iSMF) from Camfil APC performs a dual function: it prevents collected dust from re-entering the workplace if there is a leak in the dust collector’s primary filtering system, and it functions as a flame arrestor for combustible dust on most...

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  • Year Anniversary of West, TX Explosion

    April 17, 2014

    Lawrence D. Sloan, president and CEO of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), issued the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary (April 17) of the tragic events at the West Fertilizer Plant in West, TX that killed 15 people:   “On the one-year...

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  • Explosion Vent to be Showcased at Powder Show

    April 16, 2014

    Oseco’s MV-RD explosion vent is manufactured with a dome design to withstand high-cycling applications and with vacuums of up to 12 psig. Such characteristics reduce maintenance needs and increase the vent’s service life. The MV-RD is available in a variety of sizes and specifications,...

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  • CSB to Share Fatal Explosion Findings

    April 16, 2014

    The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) will convene a public meeting on April 22, 2014, at 5:30 pm at the Southside Community Center in West, TX. At the public meeting, the board will hear preliminary findings from the CSB's investigation team into the April 17, 2013, fire and...

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  • OSHA Hearing Examines Silica Dust Risks in Fracking

    April 14, 2014

    OSHA wrapped up nearly three weeks of hearings on a proposed rule to limit workers' exposure to silica dust. Hydraulic fracturing was one of the industry exposures examined, along with general construction, masonry, and foundries. Silica dust is connected to respiratory illnesses and...

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  • Separation of Emissions During Compounding Processes

    April 10, 2014

    Keller’s new Cleacom system provides a three-in-one solution for the treatment of dust, fumes, and the bi-products during compounding and extrusion processes. With this technology, emissions are extracted at the source and collected as individualized systems in several compounding lines. The...

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  • Due Diligence for Site Combustible Dust Hazards

    April 4, 2014

    Anyone who works around bulk solids processes has seen dust. You’ve heard about the 2008 dust explosions at Imperial Sugar and you may have wondered if the dust layers you’ve seen on the floor, equipment, and overhead surfaces are combustible. The hazard is a dust deflagration or rapid...

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