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  • What You Need to Know About the New Edition of NFPA 652

    May 16, 2019

    The 2019 edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust was released in mid-2018, proving facility operators with an updated version of the document to help manage hazards. Originally published in 2016, NFPA 652 is a unique...

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  • Three Dead after Massive Plant Explosion in IL

    May 6, 2019

    Three people were killed and four others injured after a massiv explosion at the AB Specialty Silicones plant in Waukegan, IL, Friday night.   The cause of the explosion is unknown, but is being considered accidental. Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lenzi said the blast occurred in the...

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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