Explosion Protection: Hot Topic at International Powder & Bulk Solids Show

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At the International Powder & Bulk solids conference/exhibition, held this coming May 8-11 in Rosemont, IL, safety devices and strategies will be a major focus for many companies. CV Technology is the world leader in explosion protection and mitigation, with several offerings custom tailored for each unique application.

The International Powder & Bulk solids conference/exhibition, held this coming May 8-11 in Rosemont, IL, is trusted globally as the most important industry event for facilities that process and store dry particulates and bulk solids. The event offers up-close, hands-on evaluation of the full spectrum of processing and material handling equipment and new technology. Among the new technologies to be on display are several safety devices and strategies. CV Technology is a world leader in this area and their services provide protection and piece of mind to companies that use Powder and Bulk solids. Their business will be of major interest to exhibition attendees.

A dust explosion in a dry bulk solids handling plant is fairly rare, but when it occurs, it can result in devastating losses of life and property. Not to mention losses incurred by stopping the production process and rendering the plant useless for weeks or even months. Smart plant managers and company officers are thoroughly evaluating their explosion risks and taking steps to prevent a dust explosion from happening. CV Technology answers the call with several offerings custom tailored for each unique application.

What exactly is a dust explosion? Explosible dust (a dry bulk material with particles 420 microns or smaller) can burn rapidly inside a vessel or other confined space and cause pressure to rise great enough to breach the vessel. A pressure wave emerges first, followed by both burning and unburned dust, then by a flame ball. The flame ball uses the dust cloud for fuel at temperatures around 1500c. Happening in milliseconds, there is no time to react to such an event. What’s more, the secondary damage caused by ignited dust is usually much worse than the explosion’s primary damage inside the process equipment. Deflagration can minimize the impact by not allowing the pressure to become great enough to exceed the structural limitations of the surrounding space. With the proper preparation, the effects can be drastically reduced or in some cases the risk eliminated entirely.

CV Technology consultants work with plant and safety managers on how to best reduce their potential for disaster in processing powder and bulk solids. CV Technology not only examines dust samples to find their viability towards explosion under the conditions present, but also strategically installs deflagration devices to minimize damage should a disaster occur. Known as “vents”, these devices do just that. “Explosion venting is a simple, elegant concept” states Bill Stevenson, General manger for CV Technology. “Think of an explosion vent as a window in a room. If an explosion were to occur in the room, the window would blow out first. If the window is large enough and weak enough relative to the walls, floor, and ceiling, the room would still be standing after the blast.” Once installed, explosion vents are virtually maintenance free. Vents normally do not wear out, and except in the case of explosion, have no moving parts. Maintenance usually is confined to cleaning.

Stevenson is a regular contributor and member of the NFPA (National Fire and Protection Agency) Technical Committee on Explosion Protection Systems. He helps revise and update the NFPA guidelines. “The science of explosion venting is evolving with more testing and better communication providing a foundation for constant learning and improved safety,” says Stevenson. “No single explosion prevention approach is best for all processes, through experience and knowledge of the technology available, we provide our clients the best possible protection plan unique to their situation.” The depth of CV Technology’s experienced consultants and impressive Fortune 100 client portfolio puts them as recognized world leaders in the field of explosion prevention, protection, and mitigation.

“More options equal better solutions,” claims CV Technology President, David Cvetas. “The best explosion prevention system is one that provides the appropriate blend of active and passive technologies while being as non-intrusive to the process operations as is feasible.”

“We’re not just protecting the equipment or the people in the plant,” says Cvetas. “We are also protecting the million dollars of revenue that the process generates everyday.” A point not overlooked by corporate officers. More and more, facilities that manufacture using such volatile materials like powder and bulk solids are turning to specialized consultants to assist them in insuring the livelihood of their business and the people in it.

CV Technology will be located at Booth 1947 at the upcoming International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference/Exhibition, May 8-11 2006. The event is held bi-annually at the Donald E Stephens Convention center in Rosemont, Illinois. It is trusted globally as the most important industry event for processing engineers, production engineers, plant managers and operations managers who process, handle, package, transport, test and store dry particulates and bulk solids.

CV Technology combines a legacy of experienced explosion consulting with revolutionary and completely unique explosion prevention and explosion protection technologies to specialize in the prevention, protection, and elimination of dust explosion hazards in all industries which process powders and dry bulk materials.

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