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Isolate Inspectors from Risk: Remote Monitoring

An effective strategy for reducing the risk of injury to workers from explosion is to make it possible for them to perform inspections remotely. Switching plants over to on-site monitoring with networked wireless cameras enables inspectors to work efficiently and safely from a distance. IDEC explosion-proof cameras can be installed almost anywhere so the instrument room (monitoring room) can confirm the site’s status from a centralized location using a PC or mobile device. If an abnormality is detected, emergency measures can be taken immediately.

Remove ignition from the explosion equation: Machine Safety

Conventional measures cannot completely eliminate the risk of explosion, especially in enclosed high-risk environments containing highly flammable gases such as hydrogen, propane, and arsine. In these settings, intrinsically safe, explosion-proof components are required to thoroughly eliminate the risk of explosion. For an explosion to occur, three elements must be present: flammable gas, combustion-supporting gas (oxygen), and an ignition source. Removing at least one of them eradicates the possibility of an explosion. The ignition source is the easiest of the three to remove. For example, IDEC offers barrier relays that use an extremely weak electrical current and voltage that does not cause ignition. They are safe by design.

Install long-life, explosion-proof LEDs: Reducing Maintenance

In dangerous settings, such as printing facilities where sparks from electrical circuits can lead to major explosions, all devices must be explosion resistant. Although explosion-proof fluorescent lights are often used, they have a service life of only around one to two years when used 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and replacement requires a complete shutdown of production. IDEC’s EF1A series flameproof LED lighting can be used in hazardous areas classified as Zone 1 and Zone 2 and has a service life of approximately five years, which is around five times that of conventional fluorescent lights.

Add a Layer of Safety to Sorting and Shipping: Traceability

Being able to check the safety of products throughout the production and distribution cycle helps protect consumers. Barcode readers used to scan products as they move through the manufacturing process and touch panels used in warehouses and factories that store dangerous items are the safest options for sorting and managing shipments. IDEC’s scanners and panels are explosion proof, flame proof, applicable for any explosive gas in Zone 1 and 2 areas and highly corrosion resistant.

Design Control Panels That Protect Workers: Expertise Support

A control panel manages the flow of electricity to machines on the production line. In highly volatile settings—ones in which the risk of explosion is ever-present—control boxes designed to be explosion proof can make a huge difference in preventing explosions. IDEC’s control box model selection system lets designers choose explosion-proof or non-explosion-proof models, add specifications, create reference drawings and store and share data. IDEC offers explosion proof seminars to help our customers understand explosion proof construction, inspection, maintenance and prevention. We cover structural standards, including domestic and international trends, as well as sector-specific information.