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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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  • 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....

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  • 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...

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  • Webinar: 119 Years of Dust Explosion Incidents – Lessons Learned & Open Challenges

    March 18, 2019

    On March 27, 2019 at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific, Dr. Chris Cloney, managing director and lead researcher, DustEx Research Ltd, will present "119 Years of Dust Explosion Incidents – Lessons Learned & Open Challenges" as part of Powder & Bulk Solids' DryPro free webinar...

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  • Explosion Isolation Flap Valve

    March 7, 2019

    The IsoFlap valve is an NFPA 654, 69, and EU ATEX Directive compliant, reliable explosion isolation solution that mitigates explosion propagation risks to upstream equipment. It is an effective, self-actuating device that provides inlet explosion isolation to protected vessels handling combustible...

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  • Rupture or Bursting Discs: A Non-Reclosing, Fail Safe Device

    March 1, 2019

    Probably the most misunderstood and least appreciated safety device used in systems where pressure or vacuum are present and where excess pressures or vacuum may need to be controlled and relieved when conditions exceed safe design parameters. The first discs were very simple flat pieces of metal...

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