Flash fires and explosions are a very real threat to many manufacturers in the chemical and related process industries. In fact, no plant that manufactures or processes flammable liquids, solids, or gases is immune to the risk.
Using nitrogen or other gases to create inert gas atmospheres is a widely used practice that reliably protects against flash fires and explosions. By continuously measuring oxygen levels and adding inert gas only as needed, our inerting control systems keep process units running at safe levels and enhance workplace safety by protecting plant personnel and plant assets.
Oxidant concentration reduction is recognized by the NFPA 69 Standard on Explosion Protection Systems as a method of protection based on preventing combustion. Requirements include maintaining the system at an oxygen concentration that is low enough to prevent a deflagration. Section 3.3.25 of the standard defines the limiting oxidant concentration (LOC) as the concentration of oxidant in a fuel-oxidant-diluent mixture below which a deflagration cannot occur.
Applications for inerting control systems (ICS) can be found in many of the steps of the manufacturing process, ranging from production and product storage to packaging and transportation. In addition to the safety benefits, our systems are used to improve product quality by preventing contact with oxygen and moisture and to lower production costs and increase profitability by efficiently limiting inert gas usage.
We are well aware of the challenges that you face when it comes to using and handling hazardous materials and what it takes to meet your safety goals. Through the expertise of our team, we are able to continue to help businesses operate smarter, safer, and more economically.
Gas detectors that can closely monitor the workplace environment for health hazards associated with solvent exposure are also critical to protecting your personnel and plant. Our room monitoring systems are designed to protect your workers by making certain that breathing air oxygen levels are safe.