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  • Combustible Dust Regulatory & Consensus Standards

    June 26, 2015

    By Kevin Jeffries, Lewellyn Technology When making a commitment to mitigate combustible dust fire and explosion hazards in your operation, it is extremely important to identify all applicable regulatory and consensus standards applicable to your operation. This can be a daunting if you are not...

  • Combustible Dust Standards for Dust Collection Systems

    June 23, 2015

    The release of NFPA 652: Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dusts will have a direct impact on plant operations that utilize dust collectors. The new standard is designed to provide the basic principles and requirements for handling combustible dusts. Ultimately, NFPA 652 is meant to provide...

  • Larger Explosion Isolation Valves Available

    June 22, 2015

    The Interceptor-FV explosion isolation valve is now available in line sizes up to 44 in. in diameter. The valves are designed to prevent explosion propagation from one vessel to another through interconnected piping. During normal operating conditions, the Interceptor-FV is mechanically retained...

  • OSHA and Combustible Dust: Standards and Solutions

    June 18, 2015

    The risks of combustible dust are not new. But the dangers are still very real. Truth be told, the dangers can be dramatically reduced, if not virtually eliminated. However, there is a knowledge gap – either because of a lack of concern or a lot of confusion.      I hope to...

  • Fire at Nestle Plant

    June 14, 2015

    A mixing unit caught fire Friday morning at the Nestle plant in Burlington, WI. When they were finally able to reach it, fire crews quickly put out the blaze. However, a second alarm was issued roughly 45 minutes later for additional crews. More than 50 firefighters responded to the fire....

  • Managing Process Safety in Aging Plants

    June 9, 2015

    Most industrial plants in the UK and Europe were built between 1960 and 1980 and were expected to operate for no more than 40 years. However, many are still operating today - several years past their expected life span. A lot of equipment is being still used in accordance with the initially...

  • Managing Combustible Dust Explosions

    June 9, 2015

    The REMBE Q-Rohr-3 is an indoor flameless venting system that eliminates the need for relocating dust collectors or other enclosures outside. Consisting of specialized stainless steel mesh construction and a REMBE rupture disc, the Q- Rohr-3 integrated signaling unit connects to any audible/visual...

  • Explosion, Fire at Chemical Plant

    June 8, 2015

    An explosion occurred at about 11:30pm June 6 at Eastman Chemical Resins in Jefferson Hills, PA, that caused a fire that resulted in area residents being asked to stay in their homes. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in roughly two hours. The explosion was said to have occurred in a...

  • OSHA Recommends Fines after Railcar Facility Explosion

    June 5, 2015

    Two workers endured several weeks of skin graft surgery and physical therapy after suffering second-degree burns when gas vapors exploded in a railcar in December 2014 at GBW Railcar Services LLC. The car was being prepared for cleaning when an electric heater ignited the flammable gas. Seven other...

  • Fike Launches Explosion Protection Passive Isolation Valve

    June 2, 2015

    Fike Corp. announces the ValvEx passive isolation explosion protection solution for dust aspiration and dilute-phase pneumatic conveying systems. The ValvEx passive explosion isolation valve is designed to prevent flame and pressure propagation through interconnected pipes, ducts or conveying...