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February 21, 2020
Industrial Dust Control – 5 Mistakes You May Be Making

Heightened standards for industrial dust control and news coverage of combustible dust incidents have increased the awareness of industrial dust hazards. Yet, some common misconceptions regarding this key safety issue continue to circulate. These misconceptions can cause facility managers to make critical mistakes with their industrial dust control procedures. Following are five of the most common. Out of Sight, Out of Mind This adage often refers to people or objects, and it can apply to industrial dust as well. If dust is located in out-of-the-way areas, the issue of combustible dust hazards can drop off your radar. And this can[…]

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February 11, 2020
How to Prevent Combustible Dust Accumulation in Overhead Areas – Podcast with Jordan Newton

SonicAire COO and dust safety expert Jordan Newton is interviewed in this podcast and answers the following questions: Why should facilities be concerned about dust accumulation? What industries are using fan systems? How do the fans reduce dust build-up? What are other benefits of fan installation? Facilities that have an awareness of combustible dust hazards typically address the problem manually. Sometimes they use a Class 2 certified vacuum, which is appropriate, but Jordan said he has seen people using a blowdown method. “I’ve even been in wood plants where I’ve seen people using backpack-style gas-powered, leaf blowers to blowdown dust. And[…]

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January 24, 2020
Dust Control Fans Presentation at Dust Safety Conference

SonicAire’s COO Jordan Newton is a featured speaker at the upcoming Digital Dust Safety Conference sponsored by Dust Safety Science. His presentation, “Using Fan Systems to Control Fugitive Dust Accumulation,” will address how overhead fan systems prevent combustible dust from settling out on equipment, rafters and overhead structures in processing operations. Jordan is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) and has been with SonicAire since 2010. Previously he gained more than 16 years’ experience in fire science, forensic engineering and fire scene investigation plus experience as a project engineer with Underwriters Laboratories.

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December 19, 2019
Could Industrial Dust Control Fans Save You Millions?

All it takes is one incident to send every penny of your company’s profits up in smoke – literally. In seconds, a combustible dust event can destroy facilities and put lives at risk. The aftermath of injuries, lawsuits and OSHA fines can cripple a business. It’s an issue of concern across multiple industries: how to maintain a clean and safe facility and avoid these costly disasters. Dedicated to effective dust control, SonicAire offers solutions to maximize results while minimizing cost. By delivering industrial dust control fan systems engineered for each facility, SonicAire helps you safely prevent dust build-up and mitigates[…]

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November 19, 2019
FAQs on Combustible Dust

What is combustible dust, and how does it affect your operations? Discover what you need to know as we answer the most frequently asked questions about combustible dust. What is combustible dust? OSHA defines combustible dust as “fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions.” These particles come in a variety of shapes, sizes and compositions. Types of combustible dust include organic, wood, metal, plastic, rubber, textiles and more. When these particles accumulate on overhead areas they pose a safety hazard due to potential fires and explosions. Even a small amount of dust creates[…]

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November 12, 2019
Lint and Pathogens: How to Protect Patients and Staff with Overhead Lint Control

Roughly 5 billion pounds of linens are laundered in health care settings each year in the United States. To prevent the spread of pathogens, these health care textiles (HCTs) must be properly managed throughout the cleaning and storage cycles. When appropriate measures are not in place, outbreaks can occur. Case in point: In 2015, an outbreak of Rhizopus spp. infections occurred in a Hong Kong hospital. Investigation into the outbreak revealed “excessive levels of dust and lint” throughout the laundry facility, suggesting “poor environmental control.” Identifying the Culprit Hospital environment specialist Andrew Streifel and environmental control specialist Lynne Sehulster note[…]

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November 5, 2019
What Is the True Cost of Combustible Dust?

Webster defines cost as “an amount that has to be paid or spent.” This concise definition describes a simple transaction. I pay x for y. But when it comes to combustible dust, the cost isn’t this straightforward. To count the true cost, we have to dig a little deeper. Immersed in a world of business transactions, it can be easy to focus on the up-front cost of maintenance and safety measures regarding combustible dust. Facility managers consider the cost of cleaning services and maintenance equipment. The costs that are less straightforward can get lost in the dust, so to speak.[…]

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October 21, 2019
Combustible Dust Fans Provide Effective Solution for Pellet Manufacturing Challenges

“When it comes to controlling combustible dust, the best practice in the pellet manufacturing industry is to contain it,” reports Andy Galis, Operations Manager at Greene Team Pellet Fuel Company, “but it’s impossible to catch it all.” Greene Team Pellet Fuel is dedicated to producing clean, renewable energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. The company receives daily shipments of fresh sawdust, which the facility processes into wood pellet fuel. While effective, this production process is not without challenges. “For all wood pellet manufacturers,” explains Galis, “the number one challenge is controlling combustible dust, especially the dry powder-like dust. Despite[…]

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October 9, 2019
Plastics Composites Molder Looks to SonicAire for Combustible Dust Solution

Dedicated to best practices in all facets of its business, Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) was determined to find the best solution for eliminating combustible dust, which can lead to fire and explosion events in plastics manufacturing environments. The company manufactures products using lightweight, advanced composite materials for the automotive, marine, HVAC and construction industries. Part of the Teijin Group, CSP is a global leader in plastic composites, molding and assembly operations. To mitigate the combustible dust risk generated by this production, CSP installed SonicAire industrial dust control fans in their Lenoir, NC location. The results have been transformative. Safety, Savings[…]

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August 15, 2019
NFPA 652 Dust Hazard Analysis Deadline Approaches: Is Your Company Compliant?

Facilities have until September 7, 2020 to comply with the requirements of NFPA 652. Is your business prepared for this deadline? SonicAire can help. Here’s an overview of the updated standard and the steps you can take to ensure that your operations will be in compliance with the updated regulations. What is NFPA 652? This National Fire Protection Association standard outlines the requirements for the management of fire and explosion hazards related to combustible dusts. Updated from its previous version, the 2019 NFPA 652 requires facilities to complete a dust hazard analysis (DHA), demonstrate progress in completing a DHA in[…]

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