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  • Minimize Dust Explosion Hazards
    for liquids and gases, but those data are frequently missing from MSDSs for solids. What engineers see is usually a cryptic or explanation that the material presents a vague dust explosion hazard, without reference to the conditions under which the hazard exists. Relevant powder/dust properties
  • Minimize Dust Explosion Hazards
    On January 29, 2003, a massive explosion rocked the West Pharmaceutical facility in Kinston, N.C. The blast killed six plant workers, injured dozens more, cost the economically depressed town more than two hundred jobs, and destroyed millions of dollars worth of property. Such was the devastation
  • When the Dust Settles: A Tutorial on Explosion-Proof Vacuums(.pdf)
    Ever since finely ground motes of sugar caused a tragic explosion at a sugar factory in Savannah, GA, killing 14, combustible dust has been wavering as a national headline. The tragedy sparked serious finger pointing, and brought to light a catastrophic issue that was hiding in the shadows
  • Preventing a Disaster: A Tutorial on Explosion Proof Vacuums (.doc)
    In February of 2008, a sugar plant near Savannah, Georgia suffered the ultimate tragedy. Fourteen employees were killed and 40 injured when finely ground motes of sugar dust ignited, setting off a violent blast. If the fatalities and a tarnished reputation weren't enough, the Occupational Safety
  • Safety-First is Critical for Fluid Transfer in Chemical Tank Redesign
    ), textile spirits, heptane, 142 solvent and hexane, Callahan needed highly reliable transfer pumps with high suction lift capabilities and explosion-proof motors. To meet both their safety and performance needs, Callahan selected Blackmer GX2.5B series sliding vane pumps. "Because of the volatility
  • EIP Solution in Coal Mine Safety Monitoring (.pdf)
    Coal has always been the main source of energy in China. There are more than 100, 000 coal mines around the country, and hundreds of thousands workers engage in coal production. However, due to poor technology and lack of safety measurements, accidents often take place, such as gas explosion, roof
  • Review of Sensor Technologies Used in Personal Safety Instruments
    of poisoning by toxic gas exposure, suffocation due to lack of oxygen and fire or explosion caused by combustible gases. The sensors in any gas monitor are the heart of the instrument, and the foundation of gas detection. Which sensing technology is most appropriate for my application? Why are some sensor
  • Hazardous Atmospheres: Intrinsic Safety
    In the last edition of 20/20 Insights we covered the use of explosion proof construction to prevent a source of ignition from coming in contact with a room full of fuel and air. Strong enclosures with threaded or flanged covers can confine explosive forces within themselves and cool the escaping
  • Pumping Dangerous Chemicals
    This article looks at the history and role of pumps in chemical safety, covering key considerations when selecting a pump to handle acids, solvents and caustics, and describes the advantages of a pump which could have prevented the Barton explosion.
  • FIRED UP: Combustible Dust Raises Explosive Issues (.doc)
    high-risk for a combustible dust explosion. They have a solid picture in their minds of what an industrial explosion scene looks like; the remnants of a facility, a gaping whole, a collapsed roof, workers covered in soot and blood. It's like a well-crafted movie scene; except, its real-life.

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