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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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  • Dust Suppression Hopper Reduces Hazards

    April 3, 2014

    The dust suppression hopper is installed under a feed point where it can be suspended above the target and kept at operating level. A small degree of natural agitation as the hopper is filled helps exclude air from the material being transferred. At the point of loading, or transferal, the DSH...

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  • SmartVent Custom Mini-Filters Reduce Dust Explosion Risk

    April 1, 2014

    With the increased focus and regulations on industrial process facility to eliminate dust explosion risk hazards, Spec Engineering has developed a complete line of small vents to be applied at the source of dust. These SmartVents replace dust socks and open vents that contribute to plant dust...

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  • Tapered BFM Fitting for Surge Bins

    March 31, 2014

    Tapered BFM fittings for surge bins and hoppers provide quick visual confirmation of product flow and volume. They are an ideal interface between production and packaging in dry, sanitary processes. The design is USDA accepted and 3A certified. They work well with vibrating, oscillating,...

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  • Hazardous Area Level Control Sensor

    March 31, 2014

    Rechner Sensors has designed a level control sensor specifically suited to handling level control of powders in areas that are rated as hazardous because of the risk of dust or gas explosion. This sensor is ideal for replacing bulky vibro-rods, tuning forks, and paddle switches. With no moving...

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