The chances are low and the risks are real
The dangerous mentality of “we have never had an explosion” can be fatal. Most dust explosion occurrences are complete surprises in facilities that have been operating for decades. The awareness of explosions has improved and operators are implementing numerous safeguards and precautions to keep the working environments safe. However, while dust can be controlled, managers often run into the problems of not getting information of interruptions or unexpected events. Too often, the dust cloud of an unexpected event is left up to operators to notice. As plant cleanliness and good housekeeping practice is crucial to minimize accumulation of combustible dust, unmanned areas are often high-risk areas. Monitoring for dust clouds and monitoring dust to avoid dust accumulations can alleviate the hazards considerably.
Finnish company Sintrol develops a rugged and reliable measuring method to help mitigate the risks of dust explosions
Sintrol manufactures high quality, low maintenance dust monitors for the detection and monitoring of dust concentrations. Historically the most common applications for Sintrol dust monitors have been inline industrial dust measurement solutions for process control, filtration leak detection and emissions monitoring.
The years of experience in high dust industrial environments and a proven measuring technology brought the development of the DUMO, a unique ambient air monitor that can withstand the high dust concentrations present in factories.
24/7 dust monitoring in high-risk areas will immediately alert operators when abnormal dust levels are detected. If there are abnormal dust levels, it will allow the operators to define the source and areas and react quickly.
Risk areas / typical points of measurement
High-risk area examples in milling and grain handling are:
- Enclosed bin-deck areas
- Pelletizing areas
- Receiving tunnels
- Hammer mill areas
- Enclosed silo skirt areas
- Mixing rooms
- High risk processing areas (upsets such as leaking gaskets)
When working with combustible dust, companies usually have numerous precautions, policies, procedures and equipment in place so that when they all work together, it will maximize safety. Real time dust monitoring for the detection of upset dust conditions can be another safeguard to help mitigate the risks. Good housekeeping practice and confidence in dust management should be the norm. Manual grab samples have their place, but it is time for operators to stop relying on them as their primary method of measuring dust. The future of dust monitoring is automated, continuous and real time.Click here for more information about Sintrol
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Since 1993, Sintrol has grown into one of the world’s largest dust monitor manufacturers supplying a wide range of particulate matter measurement devices. Sintrol’s dust monitors have been developed an enhanced with state of the art equipment and verified by Finland’s foremost technical universities as well as third body certification bodies.Sintrol ...