Controlling Static Electricity on Interconnected Plant Assemblies
Static electricity introduces a broad spectrum of operational problems during manufacturing and handling processes in flammable and combustible atmospheres across a wide-range of industries. In potentially explosive atmospheres, the amount of energy contained in spark discharges from plant equipment, and even people, may be sufficient to ignite a wide variety of processed material during handling operations, such as fine dusts, powder granules, liquids and vapors. The extent of damage where static is the source of ignition, ranging from small scale unreported occurrences right through to devastating explosions, can cause injuries or fatalities, lost production through plant downtime and business losses.
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