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Explosion Protection and Flameproofing

Handling explosives demands training and the utmost respect

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Explosives supplier and manufacturer AEL Mining Services warns about the dangers of the abusive use of explosives in mines and the resultant risks of serious accidents. 

New laboratory to help minimise explosion occurrences  

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Explosion prevention services provider Explolabs launched a new laboratory including a purpose-built building and improved test control and data capturing technology to streamline the testing of explosion-protected (Ex) equipment for both the mining and surface industries.  

Electronically initiated blasts lead mining into the future

30th September 2011 The number of mines using the new range of electronic wireless initiating system technologies is steadily increasing, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services reports. 

Nonelectrical equipment covered under the Atex standard

30th September 2011 The international fireproofing and explosion prevention code, the Atex standard, has been extended to cover nonelectrical equipment such as gear units. 

Intrinsically safe temperature transmitters introduced

30th September 2011 Hazardous area indicators provider Beka Associates has introduced a full range of panel and field mounting, intrinsically safe and noncertified safe area models, which are locally represented by instruments for hazardous areas supplier Extech Safety Systems. 

Flameproof tractor aligned with current safety standards

By: Joanne Taylor     30th September 2011 The first flameproof tractor was designed and manufactured in 1976 by agriculture and industrial mechanisation group Aim Group and other parties after the need for flameproof underground tractors arose. 

Fire-retardant material reduces toxicity during combustion

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2010 Specialist in the design, development and manufacture of wear, corrosion and insulation solutions Uretech has received certification for the use of its polyurethane liners in underground mining operations. The company has decreased the toxicity levels of gases emitted by its polyurethane liners... 

Explosion-protection regulation deadline looms

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2010 Founder member of the explosion-protection (Ex-protection) steering committee of the South African Flameproof Association (Safa) Dr Johannes Auret, reports that all certificates for Ex-protection equipment older than 1998, have to be renewed by October, in terms of edition 1,01 of 2007 of the... 

Company enhances its product portfolio

1st October 2010 Electrical equipment supplier Emis Sales 2002, which was acquired by the Becker Group of companies, provides equipment up to 1 100 V for use in hazardous and non-hazardous areas in the mining, petrochemicals and surface sectors. 

Increased safety luminaires for hazardous applications

1st October 2010 Included in electrical wholesaler Magnet’s range of lighting products are ATX increased safety (Ex e) luminaires, designed for use in hazardous applications. The company’s ATX electrical equipment includes bi-pin fluorescent luminaries, which have enhanced safety features and are easy to install... 

Testing, certification prevent underground explosions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd October 2009 Explosion prevention services provider Explolabs says that mines in Southern Africa should be more aware of certification for explosion protected equipment such as flameproof equipment. 

Solutions company pioneers early-warning device for hot holes

2nd October 2009 Commercial explosives and blasting solutions provider AEL Mining Services has developed and launched Hot Eye, a temperature monitoring device that will assist in detecting and reducing the safety risks posed by hot holes in coal surface mining. 

Mine explosions decrease with redesigned products 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd October 2009 Designer and manufacturer of flameproof equipment for mines Proof Engineering has improved the design of its product line to increase safety and reduce risks associated with fires and explosions in mines. 

Local nonexplosive product breaks into the market

3rd October 2008 Local mining industry drilling fluid chemicals supplier, Samchem, has developed a safe, environmentally friendly and viable alternative to explosives and other traditional methods of quarrying and demolition. 

Polyurethane barricade increases protection and profits

By: Jacqueline Holman     3rd October 2008 Polyurethane product design and manufacturer Uretech has teamed up with the Ibeshu Blast Barricade patent holder Alf Bronner to introduce the curtain blast barricade system to the mining market. 

Explosionproof gear motors enhance plant operation

3rd October 2008 Gear motors from diversified electrical engineering company SEW Eurodrive meet all the defined requirements of equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (Atex) in accordance with the Atex 95 standard. 

Self-expanding foam offers safer working environments

By: Jacqueline Holman     3rd October 2008 Fire prevention systems and equipment manufacturers Protect-O-Burn has developed a firefighting, self-expanding foam, which is used in mines to offer safer working environments. 

Third-party fire staff may not be adequately trained, says fire firm

By: Leandi Kolver     18th April 2008 Third-party guarding staff on mine sites may not always be adequately trained to deal effectively with fire emergencies, says Xtralis' Dave Boyack. "Inhouse procedures are up to standard on the mines, but sometimes they employ third party companies whose standards or guards'... 

Local awareness campaign to improve explosion protection product use

By: Chanel de Bruyn     5th October 2007 A local supplier of explosion protection (Ex) instruments, SA Ex Instruments, is aiming to create awareness of the correct use of explosion-protected products in hazardous areas. 

Global certification scheme launches new version

5th October 2007 The global certification scheme for explosion-protected products, the IECEx Scheme, has announced that its new version 2.0 of the Internet-based live on line Certificate of Conformity System is operational and available for use by the international explosion protection (Ex) industries, associated... 

Cable tie range suitable for hazardous conditions

5th October 2007 Local manufacturer of electrical fittings and wiring accessories Legrand South Africa�s range of Colring cable ties and accessories, which form part of the company�s complete cable management system, has been designed to secure cables in enclosures and equipment used in hazardous areas. 

New move for flameproof association

5th October 2007 The South African Flameproof Association (Safa) has announced that its contact details have changed. 

Shock-tube initiation systems avoid accidental detonation

5th October 2007 Blasting in tabular deposits in South Africa is hole intensive, with the cost of hole blasting initiation considered by most to be high, says local supplier of explosives to the open pit mining and quarrying industry Bulk Mining Explosive (BME) underground marketing GM Manie Conradie. 

Local supplier launches new explosion protection devices

5th October 2007 Local supplier of instruments for hazardous areas Extech Safety Systems offers several new products launched by UK manufacturer and supplier of intrinsic safety explosion protection devices, MTL. 

Methane monitor instrument comes to the rescue of underground collieries

5th October 2007 Local developer and supplier of integrated dust suppression systems for the improvement of working and safety conditions in underground collieries Colliery Dust Control (CDC), was approached by one of its customers about three years ago to see if it could solve an ongoing problem it was having... 

Explosionproof motors for high-risk areas

By: cheryl reddy     6th October 2006 The operation of systems in areas with explosive air-gas or air-dust mixtures requires drive units equipped with special protection features. 

CSIR, coal-miner relaunch explosion-awareness programme

By: cheryl reddy     6th October 2006 A mine explosion and fire awareness training programme, designed speci-fically for miner Anglo Coal’s underground workers, has been relaunched in a joint effort with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The launch took place at the CSIR’s Klopperbos facility in... 

New safety range improves underground working conditions

By: cheryl reddy     6th October 2006 South African firm Optimac has launched a new range of products that promises to enhance miners’ working conditions, the company tells Mining Weekly. 

Local turbine starters designed for flameproof environments

By: cheryl reddy     6th October 2006 Local company Powerworks Manufacturing launched the Jetstream 4 pre-engaged and Jetstream 5 turbine driven starters for flameproof environments at the recent Electra Mining Africa exhibition. 

Industry responds to new flameproof tractors

6th October 2006 Aim Off Road Equipment, a subsidiary of the Aim group, has recently received orders for two 6-cylinder, four-wheel-drive Massey Ferguson 400 series tractors, which incorporate several innovative developments. 

Lifting equipment enhances safety in explosive environments

6th October 2006 Becker Engineering’s range of lifting equipment includes explosion-proof type Kito electric chain hoists, designed for optimum efficiency and enhanced safety in explosive atmospheres, where there are various ignitable gases and vapours present. 

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