Five ways new explosion venting requirements for dust collectors will affect you
This article sums up what you need to know about the new NFPA 68 standard on explosion venting for combustible dusts. The information here can help you better understand what's changed in this revised standard and how it will affect your dust collection choices in the future.
The topic of combustible dust hazards in bulk solids processing plants has never been more -- pardon the expression -- explosive. In February this year, a dust cloud explosion triggered a fatal blast and fire in the Imperial Sugar Company's Wentworth, Georgia, plant, generating a storm of media attention, public outcry, and governmental scrutiny. The blast, more severe than most, was reportedly not a freak incident but the latest in a 25-year string of similar events at the company's facilities.