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Issue 02/2017

Dusty business

IECEx-certified equipment key in mitigating explosion risks

Some industry sectors are automatically associated with explosive (Ex) atmospheres – oil and gas, petrochemical plants, mining and in particular coal mining. Many others won’t necessarily come to mind although the risk of fire and explosion exists and needs to be heeded. Food processing, sugar refineries, grain handling and storage, printing, paper and textile industries, sawmills, woodworking areas or waste treatment operations are all potential hazardous areas. Not to mention gas stations or aircraft refuelling and hangars.

2015
Issue 02/2015

Tiny bursts of energy

Static electricity: an old phenomenon but now more problematic than ever

Static electricity has been a serious industrial problem for centuries. As early as the 1400s, European and Caribbean forts were using static control procedures and devices to prevent electrostatic discharge ignition of black powder stores. By the 1860s, paper mills in the USA employed basic grounding, flame ionization techniques, and steam drums to dissipate static electricity from the paper web as it went through the drying process.

2013
Issue 02/2013

Shocking

Understanding electrostatic discharge

As winter comes to a close, your jacket may give you an electrostatic shock. You may get one from touching a metallic doorknob after crossing a carpeted room or from shaking someone’s hand. Although static electricity is ever present people rarely notice it.

2011
Issue 08/2011

Safety inside

IECQ certification ensures reliability and consistency in electronics

Electronic components. We don’t see them. Most of us don’t even know what they look like. But we cannot do without them. Homes, offices, factories and transportation systems all rely heavily on them. Mobile telephones, computers, car and aircraft navigation systems, and automated production chains wouldn’t exist without them.