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  • A new version of NFPA 652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust was released in 2018. Powder & Bulk Solids asked two process safety experts what the changes mean

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

    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. According to the NFPA, some of the most notable features of the 2019 edition include shifting the dust hazard analysis (DHA) deadline for existing facilities and processes from Sept. 7, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2020; requiring DHA updates every five years; edits to the general requirements for managing combustible dust fire and explosion hazards; and additional information on the most recent versions of the organization’s combustible dust-related standards. Powder & Bulk Solids Managing Editor John S. Forrester interviewed two prominent process safety experts — Martin Clouthier, P.Eng., director and practice leader for combustible dust testing and consulting services at Jensen Hughes, and Dr. Vahid Ebadat, chief executive officer of Stonehouse Process Safety — to gauge how the 2019 edition of NFPA 652 might impact facilities.

  • Regenerative Blower-Driven Vacuum Conveyors Fill Niche for Efficient, Small-Footprint Pneumatic Conveying

    Don’t use an 800-pound gorilla for light-duty pneumatic conveying. Where vacuum requirements and transfer distance are modest, the smart money is on regenerative blower-driven vacuum systems that deliver ideal cost efficiencies, compactness and simplicity. 

  • Industry 4.0 Reshaping Manufacturing Efficiency

    Virtually every home today has some form of connected device be it a smartphone, Alexa, Google Home, video doorbells, smart plugs and smart lighting. This is the Internet of Things. IoT is a network of sensors that are connected via the Internet in order to share, control and collect data.  The Industrial IoT, (IIoT) is slightly more advanced and provides greater financial benefit to manufacturers. With advances in communication technology, virtually any machine sensor can provide data that can then be monitored, reviewed and reported real time on PC’s, tablets, smartphones and smart watches.  Discover the key benefits of IIOT and how it helped manufacturers reduce downtime and plan for preventative maintenance in this whitepaper. 

  • How to Select Dust Collector Media that Reduces Operating Costs

    Today’s concerns about cost control, strict air quality standards and combustible dust regulations make it more important than ever to select the right dust collector filter for your application. And that selection can really impact your bottom line.  This white paper reviews the general types of filter media and offers tips on selecting the best filters to achieve cost savings, operating efficiency and compliance.

  • Maintenance Checklist for a Better Baghouse

    Once you have a dust collection system installed, you want to make sure that it's running at optimal efficiency. For improved performance and reliability, you need routine inspections and timely repair of equipment. Creating a baghouse maintenance program will keep performance high and health risks low.  This checklist covers all aspects of maintenance including pressure drop, emissions, exhaust, and more. With a comprehensive program, you can help extend your baghouse performance and life.

  • Dangerous Dusts in Manufacturing: Knowing the Facts Helps Protect Your People and Facilities

    Many dusts can be dangerous when they are produced in a manufacturing or processing setting. When allowed to accumulate in the air or on surfaces, they can quickly cause various hazards. This white paper briefly discusses a variety of dangerous dusts including combustible, silica, hex chrome, beryllium, mining, and metalworking dusts.   Camfil APC https://www.camfil.com/en  https://www.camfil.com/en/privacy-policy

  • Air Leakage and the Efficient Use of Rotary Airlocks

    In many pneumatic conveying systems, a rotary valve or rotary airlock is used to feed the dry bulk material from one system to another. The other function of a rotary airlock is to help prevent the transfer of air from the system below the valve into the system above or vice versa. This cannot always be accomplished. Air leakage is a consistent issue when dealing with rotary valves in a pneumatic conveying system. It does not matter if the system is positive pressure or a negative pressure system (vacuum). This article will explain the root cause of air leakage, the effects of air leakage in each type of system, and options to reduce air leakage across the rotary valve.

  • Benefits of Reduced Test Frequency of Your Metal Detector

    Performance monitoring of metal detection equipment is essential to ensure it continues to work as it should. However, this often involves stopping production or wasting good product – both of which can have a negative impact on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Now there is now a way to reduce the frequency of testing by up to 83%. You will learn how you can reduce the frequency of metal detector testing without increasing your risk. Download this whitepaper and learn how you can reduce the frequency of metal detector testing without increasing your risk.         Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection https://www.mt.com/us/en/home.html https://www.mt.com/us/en/home/site_content/legal/privacy_policy.html

  • Moisture Measurement & Control Yields Immediate Results: Consistent Product Quality from Lab to Line.

    What is worse than wasted effort? Economical losses and decreased productivity. Moisture measurement is a crucial aspect in manufacturing from the initial process to the end-product stage. Product quality and consistency are forefront with MoistTech in the development of the IR3000 sensor to accurately provide moisture and coating measurements throughout the process, yielding a consistent product quality from lab to line that immediately reduces down-time, wasted energy and product loss.  

  • How to Use Software to Simplify Solids Inventory in Silos

    Inventory management is a complex and tedious job. Storing inventory you cannot see – in bins and silos – is particularly risky if manual measurements and estimations are used for calculating inventory value. Advancements in automating the measurement of solids and powders using level sensors and in the software that processes and presents the measurement data is vastly simplified. It is graphically friendly, presented in real time, and accessible from wherever there is internet access.