In the food industry, bulk materials are processed, such as flour, sugar, coffee, tea, rice, cereals, compound feeds, spices, milk powder, starch, malt, etc., where each has specific explosion characteristics and must be protected accordingly.
During industrial production, fine particles are released into the air from handling the bulk material. As the air moves, the particles swirl and easily reach explosive concentrations. When the combustible dust comes into contact with an ignition source, a dangerous explosion occurs, which can have extensive consequences both for the production technology and for the health and lives of the workers. The risk of an explosion increases in particular in an enclosed space.
RSBP offers comprehensive protection against the devastating effects of explosions in the technologies that process these bulk materials.
In the food and processing industry, bulk material, mostly of organic origin, is handled during production. From these materials or substances, small dust particles with specific explosive parameters are released into the air, which in a mixture with air creates a dangerous explosive concentration. In the same place, even inadvertently, a mechanical spark, a static discharge, or the surrounding surfaces will heat up. These conditions lead to an inevitable consequence - a sharp local increase in energy, heat, and pressure. An explosion is created.
Ignition and subsequent explosion occur if the following conditions are met at the same time at the same space:
How much precisely will tell you in Georgia, USA, where there was a fatal explosion in the Imperial Sugar factory. Explosion protection was underestimated in this company, mainly because the same material had been treated in production here for 150 years, and "no explosions occurred during that time". Unfortunately, there was an explosion followed by a chain reaction of other explosions.
At present, it is technologically possible to identify all imminent risks in advance. The obligation to apply appropriate preventive measures is imposed by the ATEX 153 directive, which achieves the protection of human lives and production technology from the devastating consequences of an explosion.
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Malthouses are an integral part of the food industry. This following case study will show you all risk areas, including the selection of the most suitable explosion protection designed by RSBP.