Mobile blenders and mixers offer an efficient and flexible means of combining powders or liquids, enabling users to better streamline their production facilities. When agitating or mixing process materials in the presence of ignitable atmospheres, static accumulation on isolated equipment can present a very real risk of static ignition in many industrial environments. This risk is amplified when using mobile process equipment which must be manually earthed at multiple processing locations. Oversite or improper placement of grounding connections may leave critical sections of such equipment isolated, allowing hazardous levels of charge to accumulate on the equipment.
Ensuring that all equipment, and personnel, involved in the transferring of materials are bonded and grounded to verified earth is the main preventative cause of action against static accumulation. Providing continuity to earth for the electrostatic charge to travel down and dissipate eliminates the threat. This can be achieved using clamps and cables, but confidence in the verified earth and connection are vital.
Newson Gale’s new Surface Mount Connector (SMC) provides a simple and reliable means of connecting a fixed, dedicated earthing point onto an item of conductive plant with the ability to monitor this connection when interfaced with earth monitoring equipment. When used in conjunction with an Earth-Rite® system’s interlocking capability to control the process, this connector enables users to set up a forced earthing procedure by preventing the process from continuing if reliable earthing conditions have not been met.
The connector is manufactured from stainless steel 304 and can provide an IP66 connection onto the item of plant. Its conical design prevents the build-up of powders over time, allows for liquids to run off and aids in clean down operations. The ‘plug and play’ connector can interface with all Newson Gale 2 core systems to earth monitoring capability on a wide range of mobile processes, such as pump carts, sieves and fixed equipment where generic earthing clamps cannot be used.Click here for more information on the new Surface Mount Connector
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