Dust Explosion Prevention Experts at Cv Technology Protect Lives and Preserve Profits One Facility at a Time

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Cv Technology Inc. is devoted to the prevention and mitigation of industrial dust explosions.

They give top executives peace of mind that they are operating their plants safely - not only preventing potential loss of life but also protecting assets and valuable process revenue.

Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, Cv Technology has spent the past 11 years providing engineering and consulting services for corporations interested in protecting their facilities against the devastating effects of dust explosions. The goal: to protect lives and preserve corporate profits through the proper installation of available gas and industrial dust explosion prevention and mitigation technologies.

Almost all organic material or un-oxidized metal, when in a dust cloud, will ignite at a temperature below 500ºC - approximately the temperature of a recently extinguished match. Companies in pulp and paper, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and milling operations that handle powders and bulk solids are susceptible. Food dusts such as sugar, starch, flour, and cocoa are also major causes of industrial dust explosions.

Based on preliminary research by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board nearly 200 industrial dust explosions and related fires have occurred in U.S. facilities over the past 25 years, resulting in approximately 100 fatalities and 600 injuries.

According to David Cvetas, founder and president of Cv Technology (http://www.cvtechnology.com), many corporations are slow to accept the reality that an industrial dust explosion could happen, despite the massive financial risks and potential loss of life.

"The corporations we work with operate industrial or material processes that produce revenue from a quarter million to several million dollars a day," observes Cvetas. "A single incident can shut a facility down for weeks or months, with devastating effects."

At Cv Technology, they take a three-step approach to dust explosion prevention that includes:

Step 1. Risk Analysis. A risk assessment from Cv Technology includes dust tests and a process evaluation to determine where there is risk for fire or explosion. Cv Technology can also project the likely consequences of an event. Finally, a report with recommendations and alternatives is created.

Step 2. Once the Risk Analysis has identified the elements of the system that need to be addressed, and the consequences have been appreciated, the alternatives for dust explosion protection need to be fully explored.

Cvetas emphasizes that the best protection systems blend active and passive technologies, and are as non-intrusive to process operations as possible.

He credits his company's success to mixing and matching all available protection strategies and systems to each application. Cv Technology has also invested a great deal of time investigating technologies throughout Europe, to add to the protection solutions available in the U.S. Such technologies include the Q-Rohr, a device developed for safe indoor venting of process-driven dust explosions.

Step 3. The best solutions are only effective if accompanied by a well orchestrated implementation process. Detailed drawings and manuals are the first step. Meeting installers to go over blueprints, walk the plant and inspect work are all important for successful installation. All systems must be checked and tested for proper function once installation is complete. Finally, plant personnel must be adequately trained.

"What risk analyses and dust explosion protection systems provide is insurance," says Cvetas. "They give top executives peace of mind that they are operating their plants safely - not only preventing potential loss of life but also protecting assets and valuable process revenue."

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