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  • Three Killed in Chemical Plant Explosion

    May 6, 2019

    Three people were killed and one hospitalized after an explosion at the Azot chemical plant in Russia Monday.   The plant is owned by Uralchem, a fertilizer producer.   The Emergency Situations Ministry was monitoring air quality at the plant and said there is no threat...

  • High-Pressure Rupture Disc for Demanding Conditions

    May 3, 2019

    The production of certain plastics such as LDPE requires demanding process conditions including pressures up to several thousand bar and temperatures over 572°F. The LDPE process is a highly exothermic reaction which is nearly impossible to control and difficult to stop. Autoclaves, tubular...

  • The Ultimate Guide to NFPA Rotary Valve Compliance

    April 22, 2019

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides regulations to protect your manufacturing plant from fires, deflagrations, explosions, and other safety risks. According to NFPA reports, the risk is very real: more than 37,000 fires in U.S. industrial and manufacturing properties were...

  • Explosion Protection for the Dairy Industry

    April 17, 2019

    Fires and Explosions in the European dairy industry were becoming an increasing problem. In the early 1990s groups of people from industry, insurance providers, and suppliers of protection equipment came together to analyze events and case studies, to find a new approach to solve the persistent...

  • Dust Collection Systems: 10 Common Questions

    April 17, 2019

    The performance of a dust collection system is dependent upon numerous factors that vary from one system to the next. Dust particle size, duct diameter, the number and location of collection points are a few of these components, but there is so much more to consider when designing a system. Slight...

  • Explosion Containment: A Comparison

    April 2, 2019

    Dust explosions are a constant concern in processing environments. Fine, solid powders pose a special risk as they are not only combustible in larger sizes, but can become explosive when in dense, finely sized concentrations. There are three methods of St 1 or St 2 dust explosion containment at the...

  • Technology Reduces Microbial Contamination in Dry Goods

    April 1, 2019

    Laatu is a technology that reduces microbial contamination in dry goods. It is different from more conventional microbial reduction processes as it exposes dry foods to low-energy electrons. It is able to destroy more than 99.999% of Salmonella with minimal impact on the internal structure of the...

  • 7 Killed in Another Explosion in China

    April 1, 2019

    Seven people were killed and at least five others injured in an explosion at the Kunshan Waffer Technology Corporation Ltd scrap metal processing plant in the city of Kunshan in eastern China Sunday morning.   Officials said the explosion took place in a container of scrap metal in...

  • Protecting Low-Pressure Storage Tanks in the Food Industry

    March 29, 2019

    Edible oils such as palm, soy, and coconut oils are frequently used in the manufacturing of processed foods. Cookies, chocolate, and ice cream are only a few examples in a long list of such foodstuffs. Almost every processed and packaged food that we eat nowadays contains some form of edible oil....

  • Dust Build-Up Causes Fire at ABB Plant in Missouri

    March 22, 2019

    An accumulation of dust and soot in an exhaust fan led to a small fire at the ABB plant in Jefferson City, MO in the early hours of Friday morning, officials told local news organizations.   12 firefighters responded to the scene after the fire was reported at around 3 a.m. and knocked the...