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Posts Tagged: combustible dust
July 3, 2019
Combustible Dust Control in the Paper Industry

Each American consumes around 480 pounds of paper per year in various product use. As paper manufacturers and paper converters put forth efforts to meet these demands, one aspect of production becomes paramount: safety. The crafting of paper products inevitably produces dust, which quickly accumulates if not managed properly. This layer of flammable debris can prove disastrous in the event of a fire or combustible dust explosion. While the frequency of explosions in the paper and pulp industries appears to be lower than that of other fields, this should not encourage facility managers to lower their vigilance. According to the[…]

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June 25, 2019
What Wood Industry Professionals Are Saying About Combustible Dust Solutions

When you work with wood, sawdust in inevitable. It’s in the air. It’s on every surface. It gathers in the rafters. Due to the nature of the industry, wood workers face a significant challenge: how to handle the accumulation of combustible dust. While the idea of a little dust may sound trivial, this issue is far from trifling. The build-up of sawdust in wood-working facilities can be extremely hazardous. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reported a total of 119 fatalities due to combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2006. Another 1,000+ workers were injured between 1980 and 2017 in[…]

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June 19, 2019
Discover the Secret to Controlling Lint in Commercial Laundries

NFPA data indicates that nearly one in ten fires at hotels and hospitals involve laundry facilities. Commercial laundry services are at high risk for fire disasters. Why? It’s not the equipment that poses the threat. It’s the lint. Small lint particles don’t dissipate heat well. They also offer a high-ratio surface area. These qualities make lint susceptible to spontaneous combustion. The result: combustible dust fires. These explosions cause significant damage and injuries in commercial laundry facilities each year. In 2017, combustible dust explosions at commercial and industrial locations resulted in 163 injuries and 13 deaths worldwide. What causes lint disasters?[…]

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May 27, 2019
How Do Industrial Dust Control Fans Work?

For industrial plants, one by-product of operations is inevitable: dust. In many settings, this otherwise harmless debris can pose serious threats to the safety of the facility. Industrial dust control fans are designed to eliminate this danger in overhead and hard to reach areas of the facility. How? Industrial dust control fans provide a proactive solution that prevents dust from accumulating in the first place. They are designed and arranged to provide maximum cleaning power that keeps plants clean and safe. This design involves three key components. 1. Proprietary Technology SonicAire industrial dust control fans use BarrierAire™ technology. The fans’[…]

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September 6, 2018
Now Available: 2019 Edition of NFPA 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust

The 2019 edition of NFPA 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust has been released and there are some changes and additions to help companies stay in compliance and avoid combustible dust events in their facilities.  One such addition is the approval of the use fans to control combustible dust accumulation in overhead and hard to reach areas.  Section 9.6.3 of NFPA 652 details the approved use of fans for continuous dust control. You can download a copy of the latest edition here. SonicAire, Inc. offers a range of overhead fans that are designed to control dust accumulation in[…]

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