Spark Detection and Suppression Systems – Keeping Your Business Safe

Sparks, flames and smoke can occur during the conveying process of combustible materials such as paper dust, wood dust, plastics, pharmaceuticals and metal dust.

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.

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.

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:

  1. Fuel (dust)
  2. Oxygen (air)
  3. Dispersion (dust-laden air)
  4. Confinement (dust collector)
  5. 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.

Complete Air Filtration Integration.

For over 40 years, Kernic Systems has provided energy efficient Dust Collection Systems and services to a wide range of markets, including, but not limited to: pharmaceutical production, metal working, paper and corrugated, and food processing.

With over 40 years of experience and our OneSource™ for Simplicity, we have the solution to all of your air filtration system needs.

From design to installation and startup, Kernic Air Filtration has you covered.

Our Dust Collection Systems are of the highest quality; they deliver long life, provide superior reliability, meet current safety levels and generate the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).



Dust and fume collection units offered by Kernic Systems are seamlessly integrated into your existing air filtration processes, offering a turn-key solution for your business. These units help our customers enhance productivity, maintain and exceed safety and compliance initiatives and more!


Kernic Systems provides factory trained technicians and the right consumables (dust collector filters, baling wire, etc.) to help keep your operation running smoothly. With baling wire in-stock, along with many wear-and-tear parts for your machines, contact us today for peace of mind maintenance.


Industrial vacuums offered by Kernic Systems meet or exceed NRTL standards. We offer explosion proof options, high-vac systems, wet, dry, and central vac units. The safest option is the best option when it comes to portable vacuum systems. Kernic has the right vacuum to suit your needs.

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