A FIRES FRIEND, LET'S CHANGE THAT
With the dust collection system doing, well, precisely what it's supposed to,
collecting dust, it becomes the perfect fuel for a plant fire or explosion. It's a system
of highly flammable, well-ventilated material that has an express lane across a plant.
Dust Collector valves within that system could play a significant role in containing a
fire before it travels further down the line.
All Dust Collectors are non-compliant because they have rubber-tipped vanes that
can't withstand heat from a fire or contain an explosion. Let's not forget the housing.
All Dust Collector housings have thin sheet steel that is bent into shape. These
valves can't stand up against the pressure from an explosion, allowing a fire to
expand and grow.
All Dust Collectors have non-compliant inboard bearings. When a seal fails, it allows
product to get to the bearing ultimately making the bearing fail too. Bearing failure
can lead to metal-to-metal contact, leading to sparks. This turns a dust collector into
a flint and tinderbox, sparking a fire with no obstacles to contain or extinguish it.
What is the solution?
Rotary Airlock has engineered and developed NFPA Compliant Dust Collectors that
exceed safety standards across all makes & models. With thick carbon steel housings
that are hand-welded and individually inspected, you can rest assured your valves are built to withstand the pressure of a fire.
You won't find any rubber or plastic-tipped vanes either. Rotary Airlock's Dust Collectors tout 8 completely steel vanes instead of the non-compliant 6 rubber-tipped vanes. These completely steel vanes carry clearances no more than .0079in from the housing too. This NFPA compliant clearance suffocates a fire, quenching its oxygen supply and helping contain the fire, ultimately aiding extinguish it.
That's just the base of each model. Can we introduce you to a maintenance and compliance dream outboard seal & bearing system?
Rotary Airlock's proprietary Rapid Access endcap configuration carries an outboard piloted flange bearing and also has Rotary Airlock's exclusive outboard MAP Seal System. With this configuration, we have removed the ignition source from the equation entirely. That's not all either, with the Rapid Access endcap configuration you can monitor and completely change seals & bearings in under 15 minutes AND you will be able to replace them in-line!
The ultimate safety valve. . .
Those upgrades are just the base for every dust collector. Rotary Airlock has gone even further to offer Direct Drives for ANY make & model as well. This Plug-N-Play set-up is the industry safety standard that minimizes access to moving parts and alleviates additional parts & inventory requirements. It also requires less maintenance time & labor, thus saving your budget and ultimately increasing profits.
To see more, select your dust collector valve from the list and discover how your valve can become NFPA compliant.
REPLACES ALL THESE VALVES
COMPLETELY STEEL ROTOR
8-Vane completely steel rotor.
With 8-Vanes these rotors are completely steel, so standing up to the heat is a walk in the park.
With clearances under .079in these rotors help suffocate fires too, keeping them from spreading and aiding extinguish them sooner.
Ignition point removed completely.
With an outboard piloted flange bearing the Rapid Access endcap configuration has removed the ignition point from the equation.
You can rest easy knowing your valves won't become a fire hazard.
RAPID ACCESS ENDCAP
Change seals & bearings, IN-LINE.
In less than 15 minutes, you can change our proprietary MAP Seal and piloted flange bearing all In-Line.
No need to pull an airlock means less downtime, less labor, and more product & profit for your bottom line.
MADE IN AMERICA
Made right here in the heart of USA.
We are an American company, providing for American families.
Located here in the heart of the USA, we know how important quality and reliability are, as well as lead times so quick we want them to have their own express lane.
WHAT IS AT RISK?
The rubber tipped vanes, and incredibly thin sheet metal housings of DUST COLLECTORS make them non-compliant and the biggest safety hazard that instead of combating fires, actually makes them bigger and more difficult to extinguish.
We have developed a valve that not only meets NFPA compliance standards but exceeds them so you can rest assured your facility and team are operating at the highest safety.
Click the link below to see all available NFPA Compliant Dust Collectors
Is Your Plant At Risk?
PAY ATTENTION TO THESE PARTS. . .
When a rotary valve needs repair or maintenance, resulting issues can create a fire risk.
Leaking material, for instance, is a source of combustible dust. Strange noises can indicate
product buildup or increased rotor clearance — a vital sign of a noncompliant valve.
Worn-out or damaged parts can increase the risk of fires, deflagrations, or explosions in a
plant. Keep a close eye on the following valve parts and equipment:
Rotor Vanes: Rotors should have a minimum of eight vanes. To keep flames contained
within the rotor pockets, at least two vanes must stay in contact with the housing at all times.
That means a six-vane rotor won’t do. The vanes must be at least 3 mm thick.
Rotor Tips: Rubber or plastic rotor vanes can’t withstand the heat of a deflagration, so make
sure your rotor is equipped with steel vanes.
(ie. Rubber Tipped Dust Collectors ARE NOT NFPA Compliant)
Shaft Seals: Worn-down shaft seals often cause leaks, which increase the risk of fire as a
source of combustible dust. Replace shaft seals and packing regularly to prevent the issue.
Dust Collector Filters: To prevent clogs and minimize issues with your dust collectors,
including the buildup of combustible dust, keep extra filter bags or cartridges handy.
Long Radius Elbows: Conveying long radius elbows degrade faster than most other parts, and wear can lead to a drop of pressure and leaking material. It’s useful to keep extra elbows in stock to fix the problem.
Rotor-To-Housing Tolerance: Proper clearances are imperative in an NFPA-compliant valve. You must regularly check your valve’s rotor-to-housing clearances, or tolerances, to make sure they stay at 0.0079in. or below. If they get any larger than that, it’s time to replace the valve.
Staying Safe: Precautions For Your Plant
Aside from regular repair and maintenance, you can take several precautions to ensure your rotary valves and conveying system comply with NFPA regulations.
On the valve side, the right outboard bearings will reduce material buildup (a fuel source) and prevent friction (a source of ignition). Specify metal bearings with temperature switches to detect excessive heat. The proper shaft seal assemblies should reduce heat and static electricity.
It’s worth stocking up on the valve parts mentioned above to ensure you can quickly replace them when the time comes.
If you need an entirely new rotary valve, you should be looking at options that are NFPA-compliant as a standard.
NFPA 652 requires all facilities that process combustible dust to perform a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA). Based on the plant and the material being conveyed, the DHA assesses the risks for fires and explosions in a plant, defines prevention methods, and provides training recommendations to keep staff safe from workplace hazards.
Always transport heat-sensitive bulk materials under appropriate temperature, humidity, and conveying gas conditions. Besides that, proper ventilation and regular plant housekeeping are critical. Make sure to stay on top of your preventative maintenance schedule and keep historical logs of everything you do.
Rotary valves help or hinder your fire safety efforts, depending on how they’re made and maintained. It’s essential to understand how fires and deflagrations start in a manufacturing facility.
Manufacturing and processing properties tend to be more prone to structural fires, and conveying systems are rife with combustible materials. Fires start when fuel, an oxidizer, and an ignition source come into contact with each other. Deflagrations are more complicated — and more dangerous.
When a heat source moves over and ignites cold materials, it creates a form of combustion called deflagration. This is a fast-moving fire that can spread across manufacturing lines and consume more material as it progresses, creating a chain reaction that is difficult to contain.
5 Key Conditions that start a plant deflagration:
1. Fuel, which comes in the form of combustible dust
2. An oxidizer, which often means too much oxygen in your system
3. An ignition source, such as friction or overheated material
4. Dust particles concentrated in one area
5. Dust particles confined to a small space
The latter two may take the form of dust clouds in the air or on your machinery.
Rotary valves play a big part in controlling these conditions. They manage fuel and ignition sources and limit the amount of oxygen feeding the flames. In other words, when a fire breaks out, valves act as isolation devices to stop the spread of fire along your conveying line. That said, an NFPA-compliant rotary valve has specific design and construction elements. It also needs regular maintenance and repair to keep it operating safely. To stay compliant, make sure your valve is outfitted with the right parts and watch for signs that your system needs attention.
The NFPA broadcasts their guidelines in book or .pdf format for purchase. These are really wordy with a ton of peoples names that are useless to you and full of legal jargon. Worse yet you have to pay for it.
We have provided a FREE guideline of ALL of the DIRECT measures to make sure you're airlocks are operating with-in the NFPAs Code.
How do I know if my valves are NFPA Compliant?
If you find that you are not in compliance not to worry.
We have the knowledge & expertise to reconstruct your existing airlocks to comply with NFPA-69 guidelines or fabricate a completely new custom airlock for your system that fits within those guidelines.
What If I'm Not In Compliance?
Absolutely Not! Rotary Airlock can, and has, engineered and reconstructed ALL makes & models of airlocks to be NFPA compliant across all industries.
So you'll get YOUR airlock, the way YOU deserve without gouging your budget.
Do I Really Have To Buy Whole New Airlocks?
Last year in the US alone large-loss fires (those with over $10 Million in losses) resulted in 52 deaths, 233 injuries, and an estimated $12.5 billion in direct property losses.
Don't let the loss of those dollar signs and, more importantly, the loss of those human lives land at your feet.
Why Do I Need To Be NFPA Compliant?
WHAT IS NFPA-69?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides regulations to protect your manufacturing plant from fires, deflagrations, explosions, and other safety risks.
NFPA compliance is a complex, ongoing effort. But the potential cost to your plant and your operations — not to mention your employees’ health and safety — means it’s worth examining from every angle.
HOW WE DO IT.
We offer an exact drop-in replacement from your original OEM valve.
Depending on your valve determines just what work we do, so take a look at the slide-deck to see the overview of steps we take during the process.
*or download the .PDF of those slides below