At Euratex, we work hard every day to prevent one of the most dangerous problems in the process industry…
What is a Dust Explosion?
A dust explosion is exactly as it sounds; it’s an explosion fuelled by dust. It can occur just as a fire would, but the effects can be so much more devastating. In the unfortunate event that a dust explosion occurs, processing plants can lose millions in damages, or worse, injury or fatalities of personnel.
The process industry is well educated on the risks of ordinary fires, but most people are unaware of, and unprotected from, the risk of dust explosions.
Most of the dusts found in industrial processing plants aren't dangerous in their normal dormant state when they are stationary on the ground - but once the particles become airborne, dust can be extremely dangerous.
For a dust explosion to occur, five conditions must be present. Known as the dust explosion pentagon, these conditions can cause even the most seemingly harmless substances to turn in to violent explosions.
Combustible dusts are found in all types of processing industry; Food & Beverage, Chemical, Biomass, Aerospace, Pharmaceutical, and general Bulk Solids Handling industries.
In accordance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (2002), also known as DSEAR, it is an employer’s responsibility to limit the risk within the workplace where combustible dusts are present. Most notably, this law requires companies to implement protection devices and assessed workplaces that are certified to the standards set out in the European Explosive Atmospheres Directives 99/92/EC & 94/9/EC, more commonly referred to as the ATEX directives (ATEX 137 & 95). More information about these regulations can be found here.
Euratex offer an extensive range of ATEX-certified equipment, systems and services to fully limit the risk of dust explosions; including:
- Vent Panels
- Flameless Vents
- Barrier Flap Valves
- Rapid Acting Detection Systems
- Spark Detection Systems
- Suppression Systems
- Complete Protection Design
- DSEAR Risk Assessment
- Vent Area Calculations
- Servicing and Maintenance
- 3D Hazardous Area Classification
- Dust Classification
To provide affordable explosion protection solutions and services, keeping people and equipment safeguarded in the process industry.
Why use Euratex?
Since our founding in 2006, Euratex have been committed to creating a safer industrial future. Our passion for delivering a quality service was recognised in 2009 in the form of ISO9001 certification. Today we provide some of the most competitive prices in the industry, and pride ourselves on our ability to offer free, no-obligation advice to all our clients. Euratex has evolved from a family business to a fully-fledged multinational still with family values at it’s core.
Our Goal, Our Promise.
At Euratex we strive to uphold our reputation for quality, prices and efficiency; ensuring a respected position in the process safety market. We aim to maintain 100% customer satisfaction, 100% of the time. The protection of our customers is our 1# priority. We promise to put your needs first from the get-go.
Business Development Manager
Christian’s international background and mechanical mind is the engine behind our service department. Before joining Euratex, Christian completed studies in Spain, Austria and the United Kingdom. His language skills, ambitious nature and engineering attributes make for a great addition to the team!