Dust Explosions - Why Take the Risk?
Dust poses a range of dangers from a simple nuisance to a potential explosion hazard. A combustible dust explosion hazard may exist in a variety of industries, including food (e.g., sugar, starch, flour, feed), plastics, wood, rubber, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, metals, and fossil fuel power generation. Most natural and synthetic organic materials, as well as some metals,can form a combustible dust. Quadro presents an article on dust and dust explosions. Included in the article are sections on where dust explosions can occur, what elements must be present to cause a dust explosion, what approach should be taken to identify the source of explosions and what steps can be taken to minimize the risk.
Quadro Engineering is the originator of conical screen milling and has been supplying sanitary stainless steel process equipment solutions since 1976. In July 2003, European ATEX Directive 99/92/EC (ATEX 137) became mandatory, requiring employers to assess explosion risks in their facility by zoning, writing an explosion protection document and ensuring that all equipment is safe for use in the hazardous area. Quadro manufactures and delivers ATEX certified conical screen mills, pneumatic conveying systems, sifters, and fine grinding mills for a broad range of powder processing applications.
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