Postings tagged with: safety

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 ...

Denny Petrovich| Jan 23, 2014

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What are the safety hazards in your grain handling facilities, and how are you protecting your workers? – Part Two

In my previous blog, I outlined safety hazards that can occur daily in the grain handling industry.  Here, I will discuss available tools and products that can help prevent disasters from happening.How can Process Instrumentation help prevent these disasters from happening in your grain facilities?To reduce these deadly occurrences, the grain industry is taking the necessary steps to reduce workplace hazards by automating operations.  Essentially, this helps to reduce human interaction, which de ...

Denny Petrovich| Jan 13, 2014

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What are the safety hazards in your grain handling facilities, and how are you protecting your workers?

The grain handling industry is an industry where workers are exposed to hazardous conditions on a daily basis.  These conditions are very serious and can be life-threatening.  They include: Falls from heightsFires and explosions from grain dust accumulationAmputations and serious injuries from grain handling equipmentSuffocation from engulfment and entrapment in grain binsFalls from heights can occur from a variety of areas throughout the facility, including machinery, roofs, structures, bins, u ...

Charles Fialkowski| Jun 18, 2013

Claim equivalency for applying new technology in NFPA Burner Management Standards

Over the past several weeks, I've mentioned "gaps" in NFPA standards (NFPA 85, 86 and 87) regarding burner management systems.  The problem (as I see it) is that prescriptive standard committees such as NFPA are slow to adopt new (and proven) techniques and technologies. That's the fact, and there is nothing we can do about it.....but there is a way to get around it.  All NFPA (BMS related) standards have an equivalency section (Section 1.5) that allows one to provide an equiv ...

Charles Fialkowski| Apr 10, 2013

Stop the guess work on when and how to test your BMS (or SIS)

This topic has been hitting the safety wire for some time now, and is the topic of my paper that I will present on April 30, at the  AIChE pring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety in San Antonio.  Attend the Siemens presentation: Take the Guess Work Out of Testing Your Safety Instrumented System   Process Safety expert, Charles Fialkowski, will present his paper, Tuesday, April  30, at 10:15am ...

Messe Blog Team| Nov 29, 2012


Latest innovations in industrial communication

With Simatic Net and other proven standards, Siemens delivers highly capable solutions for all areas of industrial communication and all industries. At our booth at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg we are presenting proven solutions as well as numerous innovations that offer expanded capabilities and higher efficiency in many components and systems. Linkage of AS-Interface and PROFINET “For example, for linking AS-Interface and Profinet we have created a new link based on the de ...

Messe Blog Team| Nov 29, 2012

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Neuheiten bei der Industriellen Kommunikation

Mit Simatic Net und weiteren bewährten Standards liefert Siemens für alle Bereiche der Industriellen Kommunikation und alle Branchen überzeugende Lösungen. Auf unserem Stand auf der SPS IPC Drives in Nürnberg stellen wir neben bewährten Lösungen zahlreiche Neuerungen vor, die bei den unterschiedlichen Komponenten und Systemen die Möglichkeiten erweitern und die Effizienz erhöhen. Kopplung von AS-Interface und PROFINET „Zur Kopplung von AS-Interface und Profinet beispi ...