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  • Dust Explosion Properties: Use with Caution

    November 20, 2017

    Powder & Bulk Solids presents “Dust Explosion Properties: Use with Caution,” as part of its DryPro webinar series, Wednesday, December 6 at 2pm Eastern.   Dust explosions are a serious hazard in the process industries. Their effects can be mitigated by designing proper...

  • OSHA Proposes $1.8 Million Fine after Fatal Explosion

    November 20, 2017

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed $1,837,861 in fines against Didion Milling Inc. following a May 31, 2017, explosion that killed five workers and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old employee who suffered a double leg...

  • How to Protect Against Explosion Hazards in the Milling Area of a Co-Firing Power Plant

    October 25, 2017

    A new safety approach for protecting coal/wood grinding plants against the ravages of a combustible dust explosion has been developed, using “flameless venting” devices and leak-tight explosion venting panels. Roller mills are usually located inside buildings; conventional venting...

  • Explosion-Proof Bag Dump Station with Glove Box, Compactor, Conveyor

    October 19, 2017

    This new Flexicon bag dump station with NEMA 7/9 explosion-proof electrical system contains dust emitted from manual dumping activities, compacts empty bags, and conveys the material to an elevated destination. Bags are staged on the bag tray and transferred through a plastic strip curtain into a...

  • Flexi-Earthed Flexible Sleeve

    October 16, 2017

    Using the new Flexi-Earthed snap-in flexible sleeve, BFM fittings provide maximum safety from electrostatic charges and meet requirements to improve the health and safety of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres in powder processing applications. Flexi-Earthed sleeves are made...

  • SmartDS Explosion Detection System

    September 19, 2017

    The IEP Technologies SmartDS dynamic explosion detection system is designed for demanding explosion protection applications requiring state-of-the-art rate of rise pressure sensing and data interrogation. The SmartDS has the ability to analyze rate of pressure rise and to differentiate this...

  • New Bench Scales Enhance Hazardous-Area Productivity

    August 31, 2017

    When weighing in potentially explosive environments, it is important that equipment is safe, compliant, and able to be handled efficiently. Mettler Toledo helps meet hazardous-area regulations and maintain the level of accuracy and flexibility required by processes with intrinsically safe ICS4_6x...

  • Explosions Reported at Flooded Chemical Plant in Texas

    August 31, 2017

    Two explosions were reported at the Arkema plant in Crosby, TX, roughly 25 miles northeast of Houston, and black smoke was reported to be rising from the plant. Because of massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the plant, which produces liquid organic peroxides that are used primarily in the...

  • 4 Key Insights to Bulk Food Inspection

    August 29, 2017

    Detection of contaminants in a bulk flow of product has been, traditionally, very difficult. Usually, this type of inspection is for dry bulk food items, such as grains, beans, vegetables or fruits. These inspections are looking for contaminants such as rocks, wood (usually from pallets), pieces of...

  • Silo Components That Need Regular Inspection

    August 22, 2017

    Like all structures, silos degrade over time. This natural and inevitable deterioration can lead to safety hazards such as falling debris, leaky structure, fire or explosions, wall failure, roof failure, and/or structural failure. Unaddressed or unknown silo issues jeopardize the quality of stored...