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Ex Special Interest Group Briefing Note: Bonding of Ex Electrical Equipment Assets 07 March 2022

The Institute of Measurement and Control Explosive Atmospheres Special Interest Group (Ex-SIG) aims to promote good practice and support continuing professional development in the Ex discipline through a range of activities and publications. The group produces briefing notes to help inform members on key topics. This article is one such briefing note on bonding of Ex electrical equipment assets....

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Functional safety’s technological progress 04 March 2022

In the machinery industry, the significance of functional safety has increased continuously and the focus of interest has always been the safety of operating and maintenance staff. The other goal has been to minimise the costs of operation and servicing or maintenance. Consequently, machine manufacturing and operation are subject to a host of regulations and requirements....

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ATEX fans – an explosive issue 03 March 2022

Outside of major users such as chemical, petrochemical and similar process industries, enquiries for flameproof fans tend to come from specifiers, resellers and end-users, many of whom may not be aware of ATEX Directives. This article looks at some of the issues affecting manufacturers and distributors of ATEX fans....

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The impact of Brexit on chemical safety, storage and warehousing 15 February 2022

Following the withdrawal from the EU, UK chemical regulation is changing. Though new regulations have not yet been implemented, many organisations face the impact of increased costs, products being unavailable, new regulations for internationally-sourced products and increased bureaucracy when exporting to the EU. Here, the Chemical Business Association looks at the impact of Brexit on chemical safety, storage regulation and warehousing....

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CCTV – more than just a pretty picture 14 February 2022

Since its inception, CCTV technology has proven its worth in hazardous and industrial environments by helping fallible humans to monitor reliably and consistently 24/7. Sometimes the application is for safety purposes: there are obvious benefits in ensuring only authorised personnel can gain access to potentially dangerous machinery or chemicals, for example....

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The steps for assessing cyber-risk in nuclear plants 14 February 2022

Malware in standard Information Technology (IT) systems is, at most, disruptive but not generally life threatening. However, what happens when this malware is transmitted to thousands of sensors in a nuclear plant, causing a major incident and putting people, assets and the environment at risk?...

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How automated technology can help organisations rise to regulatory challenges 14 February 2022

Across all sectors there are differing regulations and practices that organisations must adhere to in order to operate safely, effectively and efficiently. From storage to the safety of materials handling equipment and monitoring when certain assets or equipment might fail, businesses need to record data and check its accuracy to prove their product or equipment is safe and that the organisation is adhering to consistent safety measures....

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10 questions to ask about your connected safety technology 10 February 2022

Looking for the right technology to keep your workers connected and safe? Solutions with the ability to transform your workplace safety program and create the protection, production, and performance results you’re looking for? There’s a lot to think about when selecting equipment. Ease-of-use and set-up. Connectivity options. Battery-life. Reporting capabilities. Multi-functionality. And much more....

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Consequence modelling for effective pipeline emergency response planning 14 January 2022

A comprehensive emergency response plan (ERP) is a crucial component of pipeline safety management for protecting the public and property surrounding pipelines that contain hazardous materials. But what constitutes a comprehensive ERP for pipeline emergencies?...

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Battery technology for hazardous environments 14 January 2022

Batteries have become a huge part of our lives with their use in everyday items such as mobile phones and laptops and this trend looks set to continue with their ever-increasing use in this data-driven era and push to move to electric vehicles. In this article, Luke Halton – Electronics & Control Engineering Lead with Ex Dynamics – examines the factors relevant to choosing the correct battery technology required in hazardous area product development....

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