Fire and explosion protection solutions for the food industry - Food and Beverage - Food
We protect food processing plants against explosions. Bulk materials (flour, sugar, coffee, tea, rice, cereals,…) processed in the food industry have specific explosive characteristics. These bulk materials release fine particles into the air while being processed. These particles swirl during the course of air movement and can easily reach explosive concentrations. A dangerous explosion can occur when such a dust cloud comes into contact with an effective ignition source. The risk of explosion therefore increases primarily in enclosed areas.
The Benefits of Explosion Protection in the Food Industry:
- Protect your property and expensive technology
- Lower the risk of damage and losses in production
- Increase productivity
- Increase occupational safety and the protection of human health and lives
- By eliminating lengthy downtimes, you retain your customers and economic stability
We Protect Food Industry Facilities:
- Material containers
- Air-driven transport
- Bucket elevators
- Suction equipment
- Dryers and other industrial equipment
In the food processing industry bulk material, mostly organic in origin, is treated during the course of production. Small dust particles with specific explosive properties are released from these materials or substances into the air.
When mixed with air, this fine powder creates an explosive concentration inside and around the food processing facility. A mechanical spark or static discharge can occur inadvertently at the same location, or the surrounding surfaces can become heated. These conditions lead to the inevitable result of a sharp increase in local energy, heat and pressure. A sudden explosion is inevitable.
Ignition and subsequent combustion occurs in the same place and at the same time:
- Substances characteristic of exothermic reactions (e.g. dust particles of organic material),
- Sufficient amount of oxygen (or oxidizing agents in general),
- Effective source of ignition.
The risks of fire spreading and the resulting pressure waves after the explosion threaten not only the equipment and structure of the buildings, but primarily the health and lives of workers.
It is almost unbelievable that substances such as sugar, rice, coffee and tea, chocolate, cereals and flour, feed mixes, spices, milk powder, etc., may lead, under certain circumstances, to the start of a chain reaction of explosions across the entire facility and processing plant. A seemingly innocent explosion can bring dire consequences and even lead to the loss of human lives and destruction of equipment and entire buildings.
An example of this occurred in the US state of Georgia, where there was a fatal explosion at a production plant of Imperial Sugar. Explosion protection was underestimated by this company because the same material had been handled there for 150 years already and “no explosion ever happened during that time.” But then there was an explosion followed by a series of other explosions.
These days it is possible to identify all the above risks in advance. Also the ATEX 137 Directive imposes an obligation to apply appropriate preventive measures to protect human lives and prevent the devastating effects of explosions in operating plants.
The most common technology used by RSBP includes:
- Equipment for explosion suppression
- Equipment for explosion relief
- Equipment for preventing explosion propagation
- Explosion protection for bucket elevators
Not sure whether the issue of explosion protection applies to your business? Would you like to inquire about a specific solution? Trust in us as professionals and as a producer with over 20 years successfully engaged in professional research and development in this field.