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  • Preventing Silo Failures

    April 19, 2017

    Silo failure is not an uncommon occurrence in the bulk solids industry. Numerous silos that have failed due to incorrect design, poor construction/installation, improper operation, or lack of maintenance are reported every year. Failures can range from a small deformation in the silo shell to...

  • Combustible Dust Testing Strategies for Different Types of Dust

    April 17, 2017

    Commercial laboratories offer a confusing array of test options for characterizing combustible dust hazards. This hour-long webinar, Combustible Dust Testing Strategies for Different Types of Dust, provides a clear overview of available test methods and how the test data are used as part of a dust...

  • Air-Powered Vibratory Screeners for Hazardous Areas

    April 17, 2017

    SF-A air-powered vibratory screeners are a simple and economical option for applications that require explosion-proof design but tough enough to handle light to heavy-duty material loads. Units are fit with VMSAC air cushion piston vibrators that are rated for continuous duty in hazardous...

  • Advanced Tools to Evaluate Dust Explosions and Protective Systems

    March 31, 2017

    Effective protective systems are a critical part of mitigating the consequences of dust explosions. Protective measures that can be implemented include explosion venting to protect the structural integrity of the vessel or suppression to inhibit the combustion and extinguish the deflagration, each...

  • Safe Combustible Dust Explosion Isolation

    March 8, 2017

    A safe and effective means of isolating enclosures to prevent further spread of explosion pressure and flames must be an integral component of such a system. The new and improved REMBE Exkop isolation system is available for many more applications: for ST 2 dusts, reduced explosion pressures (Pred...

  • Meeting New Silica Removal Standards: Think Outside the Box

    February 22, 2017

    Beginning in April 2016, silica particulates began to receive focused attention unlike anything that had been seen for years. The reason for the increased emphasis on silicates was a new guideline published by OSHA indicating that silica particulates present in any industrial environment must be...

  • Pneumatic Conveying and the Mitigation of Safety Issues for Respirable Crystalline Silica and Combustible Dust

    February 16, 2017

    In recent months, the critical concern about both combustible dust and respirable crystalline silica have been increasing. The safety of workers and neighborhoods surrounding industry sites where dust and silica are generated is paramount. OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is...

  • Reactor Loaders for Conveying into Explosion Risk Areas

    February 1, 2017

    Volkmann’s ATEX-approved INEX vacuum conveying system provides vacuum transfer of dry or wet powder and granules into potentially hazardous conditions. By using a sophisticated, patent-pending nitrogen purging function, INEX reduces oxygen content within the unloaded batch to below 7% (or...

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  • OSHA Proposes $89K Penalty for Concrete Manufacturer

    January 18, 2017

    On January 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to County Concrete Corp., East Orange, NJ, for one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations. OSHA conducted an inspection on July 19, 2016, as a follow-up to the...