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March 28, 2011
HIMax (photo) is said to be the first safety system designed to provide uninterrupted system operation throughout the entire life of a processing facility. It is based on the firm’s Nonstop XMR technology, which combines diagnostic-based SIL 3 safety integrity with a...
March 28, 2011
Developed according to SIL (safety integrity level) guidelines, the Sitrans VP300 positioner (photo) is especially suitable for use in the paper, mining and oil-and-gas industries. Sitrans VP300 is said to be the first positioner on...
March 28, 2011
Siemens The Gateway CM104 TSAA (photo) — a new migration solution for integrating Triconex fail-safe controllers into Simatic PCS 7-based control systems — enables existing systems to be expanded or...
March 28, 2011
This company has improved the performance and increased the functionality of the fail-safe modules for its modular Simatic ET 200M I/O station. The new ET 200M modules (24F-DI, 8 F-DO and 10 F-DO) are now...
March 28, 2011
The Explosion Isolation Pinch Valve (EIPV) is an economical, yet reliable form of explosion isolation — a method for preventing deflagration propagation...
March 28, 2011
The Jamesbury series 7000/9000 flanged ball valve are automated shutoff valves designed not only to meet EN161 and EN264, as approved by TÜV Rheinland, but also provide protection against...
March 28, 2011
SIS-Tech The Automated Overfill Protection System (AOPS; photo) is a safety-instrumented system that can prevent dangerous overfill conditions in terminals, tank farms and process vessels. The AOPS...
March 28, 2011
Metso Automation This firms offering of valves, actuators and intelligent controllers has been extended with the introduction of SIL-certified ball valves. Trunnion...
March 28, 2011
FireBag thermo-activated shut-off devices shut off gas supply when ambient temperatures reach 212°F, preventing the spread of fire that can lead to gas explosions. The FireBag will...
March 28, 2011
The Coker Drum Safety System (CDSS; photo) automatically inhibits the opening of valves under unsafe process conditions. In a crude petroleum refinery...
March 28, 2011
Introduced last August, the pilot operated safety valves (POSVs) include the pop-action Series 810 and modulated-action Series 820 valves. POSVs are typically used in petroleum refineries and gas...
March 28, 2011
Assured Automation The HP (high-performance) Butterfly Valves (photo) offer Class VI shut-off and an advanced seat design that provides a bi-directional...
March 28, 2011
Explosion-proof vacuum cleaners play a key role in the prevention of accidents. This line of explosion-proof vacuums is composed of two electric models, the CFM 118 EXP and 118 EXPW, and two intrinsically-safe pneumatic models, the A15 EXP and...
March 28, 2011
Allison Engineering A new type of TÜV-approved, stainless-steel spray guard (photo) provides effective protection from dangerous spray-outs of fuel oils and other flammable liquids from pipes and...
March 28, 2011
The Ultra-Rack Sump is designed to accommodate up to four 55-gal drums on standard 40- by 48-in. or 48- by 48-in. shipping pallets...
March 23, 2011
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; is deploying to the scene of a fatal accident at Carbide Industries, a producer of calcium carbide products located in Louisville, Kentucky. Two workers were killed and two others were injured on Monday (March 21) evening as a result of a fire and explosion that occurred at the facility. According to emergency responders at the scene of...
March 1, 2011
Chemical protective garments are available in a wide variety of fabrics and designs that provide varying levels of protection for chemical process industries (CPI) workers, who may be exposed to chemicals in the form of vapors, liquids and particles. While other forms of personal protective equipment — such as safety glasses and hard hats — are highly regulated in the U.S. and Canada, the...
February 23, 2011
In response to federal court orders requiring the issuance of final standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA: Washingtom, D.C.; is issuing final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators that achieve significant public health protections through reductions in toxic air emissions, including mercury and soot, but cut the cost of implementation by about 50% from...
February 1, 2011
The pressure testing of process piping and vessels is essential in the chemical process industries (CPI). In liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other cryogenic facilities, residual water left by hydraulic pressure testing could result in operational problems if not completely removed, and complete removal of residual water can be very difficult and time consuming. Pneumatic pressure testing avoids these...
January 28, 2011
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; has released a case study on the 2008 heat-exchanger rupture and ammonia release at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Houston that identifies gaps in facility emergency response training and calls for increased adherence to existing industry codes.   The accident occurred on June 11, 2008, when an overpressure in a heat exchanger led to a violent...
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