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New truck-mounted Static Ground Verification System improves safety in hazardous area maintenance and spill control operations.

17 January 2013

The Earth-Rite MGV (Mobile Ground Verification) system is a unique, UK-patented technology from Newson Gale designed to provide automatic confirmation of a positive electrostatic ground connection for vehicles collecting and transferring combustible products. 

Vacuum trucks, including their hoses and hose connections, are susceptible to static charge accumulation during the transfer of combustible material into, or out of, the truck’s containment system. This accumulation of static charge is equivalent to a hidden source of ignition and if discharged as a static spark can lead to the ignition of the product or the atmosphere in which the truck and material handling team is operating.

To eliminate the risk of incendive static spark discharges the API standard 2219: Safe Operation of Vacuum Trucks in Petroleum Service recommends that vacuum truck operators transferring flammable and combustible product in hazardous locations must fully earth the truck prior to any other task in the transfer operation by connecting the truck to a “proven ground source”. The Earth-Rite MGV is designed to enable operators to establish safe earthing of their vehicle in accordance with this standard.

To learn more about the Earth-Rite MGV or the dangers of static electricity in hazardous areas please contact the company:

Newson Gale Ltd
Omega House, Private Road 8, 
Colwick, Nottingham, NG4 2JX
Tel: 0115 940 7500, Fax: 0115 940 7501

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