Postings tagged with: safety

Matthew Logeman| Feb 13, 2015

Grain Blog 2015 Feb

How do you create a safe environment while increasing operational efficiency?

Over the past 50 years, there have been more than 900 instances of grain engulfment with 62% of those cases resulting in death. In 2010, over 26 fatalities, the highest number of U.S. deaths occurred due to grain engulfment. Companies need to be aware of how to reduce the chances of their employees becoming the next statistic.Grain engulfment can occur when an employee has to climb to the top of a storage bin to manually measure the level of product and is trapped in flowing grain. Occupational ...

Justin DiNunzio| Jan 07, 2015

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How can you get a valve positioner to work in excessive vibration – or other unsafe or poor locations?

At times, we have valve positioner applications that are affected by excessive vibration, temperatures, radiation, magnetic influence, and unsafe and/or poor locations. Addressing the root cause of the issue can be timely, expensive and sometimes deemed impossible by plant management.At one power plant, I remember a situation where they had placed the valve too close to the boiler. Because of its proximity to the boiler, employees were hesitant to work on the valve. To make matters worse, the va ...

Andrea Kerber| Nov 19, 2014


Storage and retrieval machine with Integrated Drive Systems

Greater material throughput, noticeably lower energy consumption, and flexible standards-compliant safety features with no additional expense – there are many convincing reasons for using Integrated Drive Systems in storage and retrieval machines. Siemens employee Rolf Lorenz, the Siemens sales representative responsible for the relationship with KASTO Maschinenbau in Achern, reports about an actual scenario. The use of Integrated Drive Systems for the drive and automation of storage and retri ...

Jonas Norinder| Oct 29, 2014


How standards can help you effectively design safety systems that can prevent tank overfills?

When it comes to working with hazardous materials, the possibility of a storage tank overspill is a daily battle for the chemical industry. While overspills do not occur on a regular basis, the number of incidents per year per operation is quite high and do not seem to be slowing down anytime soon.Since the effects of an overspill can impact your employees and the environment for years to come, ensuring compliance and identifying what safety protocols your process has in place are the most impor ...

Harald Mayer| Sep 12, 2014


Standard Audits: Objectively assessing the condition of utility assets

Is your power grid in good enough shape to meet your current and future energy distribution needs? The challenge of managing utility transmission and distribution network assets poses several thorny problems, such as: •  Cost pressure, especially when budgets are tight. •  Loss of technical expertise and institutional memory due to staff attrition. •  Reduced equipment reliability and lifespan due to operating aging system components at higher levels. It’s essential to know (rather than gues ...

Michael Sherenian| Jul 08, 2014


Stop risking it all and learn how you can prevent your tank from overfilling

While storage tank overfills are certainly not new to the chemical industry, overspills and leaks are happening on a frequent basis and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Already, 3,007 incidents have been reported to the EPA this year alone. That many overfills translates into a lot of damage that’s occurring to your employees’ safety, the environment, and your budget …and it’s only mid-year!So, in the age of information and new technology, why are overfills still happening?There are m ...

Denny Petrovich| Apr 09, 2014


How do you make milk production safer?

No one wants foreign objects floating in their milk, but that can happen if the manufacturing processes that make milk containers are not strictly controlled. New technologies have come along that help container manufacturers do this effectively and efficiently.There are numerous processes associated with the production of food containers. The epoxy coating process is just one of many that requires a fine touch—since it separates the food from its container (e.g. metal contaminates). Since the e ...

Carolin Kieschnick| Mar 24, 2014

StocExpo 2014

Tired but happy: Returning from StocExpo 2014

What an event! Just returning from StocExpo 2014, we are still a bit in recovery from three days packed with many, many interesting discussions with customers, suppliers, and technology partners, plus a lot of learning about the many highlights and innovations that will be changing the tank storage landscape. But we are really glad we were there, taking home not just new insights and inspiration, but some sales leads, too. Would not have missed out on StocExpo in Rotterdam whatsoever: the Sieme ...

Carolin Kieschnick| Mar 17, 2014


Arranging the right instruments for sound returns

Arranging the right instruments for sound returnsInventory monitoring, overspill protection and loss control, emission monitoring, leak detection and location as well as product metering – these are the tasks that any bulk storage facility deals with everyday. As different as these tasks seem, they all have something in common – they need reliable and accurate information on stock inventories and movements. Well arranged, your orchestra of process instrumentation, analytics and weighing systems ...

Denny Petrovich| Feb 18, 2014

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What are the safety hazards in your grain handling facilities? Are you developing an effective safety culture at your company? – Part Three

There are three necessary conditions for a dust explosion to occur: a combustible dust must be present; it has to be suspended in the air, typically at a high concentration; and there needs to be oxygen and an ignition source. There are many sources of ignition, and a flame isn’t the only one. Other ignition sources include electrostatic discharge and hot surfaces, e.g. overheated bearings arching from machinery, friction, and fire. The most prevalent way for a dust explosion to occur is from ov ...