Explosions are a very real concern for manufacturing facilities in bulk handling industries. One of the biggest culprits in an environment like that, is dust. Combustible dust is defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as, “Any finely divided solid material that is 420 microns or smaller in diameter and presents a fire or explosion hazard when dispersed and ignited in air“(osha.gov, 2014).
Explosions can obviously be extremely serious with consequences ranging from property damage to death. In the last 35 years, there have more than 500 explosions in bulk handling facilities in America.
Because of this, authorities have been cracking down, and the NFPA is making it a necessity to be in compliance and source machinery that is explosion diffusing.
Hapman, an innovator in designing equipment that is relevant to the industries changing standards, has taken the lead in providing explosion diffusing products to the market – enter the E-Line Vacuum Conveyor. The E-Line Vacuum Conveyor is ideally-suited for explosive applications, all while continuing to offer the same great features of the normal Vacuum Conveyor; including side access door for tool-less filter removal, and reverse pulse filter cleaning.
“Hapman has the reputation for being a leader in meeting the needs of our customers,” stated Greg Patterson, Vice President, “and the introduction of our new E-Line Vacuum Conveyor is another example of us doing just that”.
In order for an explosion diffusing system to function properly in a vacuum system the conveyor canister must be able to contain a pressure of up to 14.5 psi before the system activates. Hapman’s E-Line Vacuum Conveyor addresses this and is designed to be fitted with either explosion venting or an explosion suppression system.