Sparks, flames and smoke can occur during the conveying process of combustible materials such as paper dust, wood dust, plastics, pharmaceuticals and metal dust.
Is Your Site at Risk of a Dust Explosion?
Kernic Systems’ experience in spark detection and suppression design provides a common-sense, cost-effective measure for the prevention of dust collector fires and explosions.
Dust collectors are the primary piece of equipment associated with dust explosions. It is estimated that 70% to 80% of all industrial explosions, where combustible dust is present, are generated within a dust collector.
There are five elements required for an explosion to occur:
- Fuel (dust)
- Oxygen (air)
- Dispersion (dust-laden air)
- Confinement (dust collector)
- Ignition (spark)
In a typical dust collector operation, we may find the presence of four of these elements regularly. If the dust characteristics, size and dryness are susceptible, all that is necessary for an explosion to occur is the introduction of a spark or glowing ember into this potentially dangerous environment.
Spark Detection and Suppression System
Kernic’s spark detection system can sense a spark or burning material in the ductwork upstream of the collection equipment and suppress it in milliseconds – before it can travel further downstream and become an ignition source for a fire or explosion. This simple and straightforward prevention approach minimizes or eliminates manufacturing interruptions and can be implemented at a reasonable cost.
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