December 23, 2015

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Spray Drying: The Explosion Protection Challenge

This online presentation, organized by IChemE's Pharma, and Food & Drink Special Interest Groups, aimed at those who operate and specify spray drying equipment in the dairy, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology industries, will be held January 27, 2016, from 5-6 am Eastern. Attendance is free of charge and open to all.

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Spray dryers, particularly in the dairy sector, have historically been a source of fires and explosions. Despite this their explosion protection remains for many a 'black art'. Yet improved knowledge gained from ATEX compliance, particularly in the area of non-electrical protection, allows one to take a systematic approach to developing a robust basis of safety, encompassing material properties, operational parameters, and relevant design assumptions.

This webinar is aimed at those who operate and specify spray drying equipment, whether that is in the dairy, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology industries. Its purpose is to present a systematic approach to process safety for spray dryers. For instance, many operators are not fully aware of how a change in material properties or operating settings can easily compromise the safety of a spray drying system. Similarly, turnkey suppliers of spray drying equipment make assumptions, not always correctly, as to how operators will actually operate the equipment.

Pat Swords CEng FIChemE Professional Process Safety Engineer holds the position of principal process and environment, health, and safety consultant with PM Group in Dublin, Ireland.

A one-hour online session: 40-minute presentation plus a 20-minute Q&A. Duration (for CPD recording purposes) is up to one hour. If you are recording mandatory CPD you should refer to your own regulator's requirements as recognition of CPD hours may vary. Visit for more information.

The presentation will be delivered via GoToWebinar. You are advised to join the webinar at least ten minutes before the scheduled start time, to allow for your computer to connect.

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