A comprehensive solution for industrial combustion safety helps plant owners and operators improve safety and reliability while reducing risk and optimizing the efficiency of fuel-fired equipment used in process heating operations.
The importance of safety in industrial ovens, furnaces and other combustion systems cannot be overstated. Hundreds of combustion-related incidents and near misses occur every year, resulting in millions of dollars in business interruption, facility damage, lawsuits, fines, litigation and lost marketshare.
This article will discuss how typical powder dryers operate, what hazards they present and strategies that can be used to manage the risk of fire and explosion inside of this equipment. Read the first part of this two-article series to learn about the conditions that allow fires and explosions to occur inside of drying equipment and the potential sources of ignition that can trigger industrial dryer fires and explosions.
Where particulate solid materials are subjected to heat in industrial process equipment, the potential for fires and explosions exists. An understanding of the conditions necessary for these events to be initiated is essential to effectively manage the risk.
Handling and processing of powders at elevated temperatures is widespread in many industries. The range of temperatures associated with these operations varies depending on the nature of the material and the intent of the operation (drying, melting, agglomeration etc.).
Upcoming courses include those on fall prevention and protection, tower climbing training, confined space entry and rescue, and OSHA general industry training that addresses hazardous materials such as flammable and combustible liquids.
Certain conditions create and contribute to an environment that allows and supports unplanned and uncontrolled fires and explosions in industrial drying equipment. Learn how to control those conditions to minimize the risks of catastrophic events.
Look at, listen to and feel your combustion system to keep it running smoothly.
September 20, 2014
Instead of howling about energy costs and indications that gas costs could be double what they have been in recent years, you can begin to save valuable energy dollars by conducting routine maintenance and using common sense.
Professional programs such as open courses and combustion workshops, online programs, OEM training and in-house programs are some of the ways you can satisfy the annual code requirement for personnel training for personnel who operate, maintain or supervise ovens and furnaces.
Annual training for personnel who operate, maintain or supervise ovens and furnaces is mandated by national code, and with good reason. Thorough training significantly reduces the risk of experiencing a combustion-related accident.
Are you experiencing extended downtimes due to the inability of your personnel to troubleshoot combustion systems? Are new technologies resulting in increased outsourced service calls because your people are not aware of how to address it? You are not alone: This is a common trend among industries, manufacturers and facilities.
Check out the November 2019 edition of Process Heating: Installing heat tracing, IIoT, boilers, reducing cross contamination in pharmaceutical applications, optimizing your steam-injection heating application and much more!