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Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 4

What does Biomass Engineering & Equipment offer to Reduce the Risk of Fires and Explosions? Our SMART Conveyors™—high-end drag chain conveyors—are fully enclosed and effectively control dust. They do not use pneumatics, so oxygen isn’t pumped onto the fuel, and their smooth operation means material won’t get jostled around. Unlike many other drag-chain conveyors, the […]

Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 3

How Can I Prevent Fires in My Mill? Short Answer A dust hazard analysis should allow you to identify ways to prevent fires at your facility. Long Answer While a thorough dust hazard analysis is the only way you can determine your fire risks and how to prevent them, there are some things you can […]

Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 2

What are the Potential Sources of Fire at My Mill? The Short Answer Friction and hot processes are the most common source of fires. You must conduct a fire assessment for an accurate picture of all your risks. The Long Answer As required by NFPA 652 4.1, the owner/operator of a facility is responsible for […]

Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 1

What’s the Risk if I Don’t Have a Fire Mitigation System on my Conveyors? The Short Answer Without fire mitigation on your conveyors, you risk 1) damage to your equipment, 2) damage to buildings, 3) downtime, 4) added insurance expense, 5) canceled insurance, 6) fines due to a failure to meet national fire codes, 7) […]

Understanding NFPA Standards for Wood-Product Manufacturers

Come September 2020, wood product manufacturers must complete a dust hazard analysis, as required by NFPA 652. This analysis requires manufacturers to identify fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards and manage those hazards according to NFPA standards. More than a few updates have been made in the 2019 edition of NFPA 652 and the 2020 […]

Fire Safety in Sawmills and Forestry Plants

Fires in sawmills and other forestry product plants are a real threat. Production environments in these facilities are filled with wood, the combustible nature of which is exacerbated by large amounts of sawdust and fine wood particles in the air. Fires in such facilities have been a problem in Europe in recent years, with 79 […]