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health & safetY CROWCON’S I-TEST ENSURES GAS DETECTORS ARE COMPLIANT Bump testing & calibration station tests and verifies Crowcon Gas-Pro detectors  The new Crowcon I-Test bump testing and calibration station is designed specifically to test and verify that Crowcon’s Gas-Pro portable gas detectors are in a compliant state. Bump testing (gas testing) standards globally are becoming ever-stricter and the demands on fleet managers to control bump and calibration records are increasingly stringent. The I-Test simplifies this process as much as possible. The accompanying I-Test Manager software tracks which Gas-Pro units need calibrating and allows storage, interrogation and convenient presentation of large amounts of bump testing data. Calibration certificates are automatically created and stored and many different types of reports and graphs can be created for easy interpretation. All this information is then easily accessible for audit and compliance purposes. The Crowcon I-Test allows a fleet manager to do the following: • Change alarm levels on each sensor • Control calibration gas and lot numbers • Set up banners on the display • Set calibration information and store results • Set bump test information and store results • View event and data logs and run reports • Print calibration and bump certificates • Run and print exception reporting • Customise reports and save to databases These are just the main features, but the I-Test has a lot of flexibility and each site manager can determine what’s important for their site. Once these features are set up for the first time the system can then manage an entire fleet of Gas-Pro detectors. For more information contact Crowcon Detection Instruments Ltd, Abingdon, Oxon. Tel: +44 (0)1235 557700 Fax: +44 (0)1235 557718 E-mail: sales@crowcon.com Web: www.crowcon.com Taking electrical safety to a new level with loto and Marechal sockets The combination of the unique safety features of MARECHAL Electric’s DECONTACTOR™ connector technology and Lockout / Tagout protection offers a dual approach to enhancing electrical safety for staff during maintenance or when moving electrical equipment. Marechal DECONTACTOR™ sockets have become industry’s first choice for ease of connection and disconnection of electrical equipment, including motors and pumps, to and from the power supply. The integral decontactor socket switch is operated on load at the push of a button. This reduces downtime for maintenance, re-positioning of production equipment, etc., because both qualified and multi-skilled staff can operate the socket release button to disconnect production plant. Once released the plug is dead. It is impossible to pull them out live. The potential for danger, however, is always present when production plant and other electrical equipment is scheduled for routine maintenance or indeed has suffered failure. Maintenance staff are under pressure to make repairs as quickly as possible to minimise downtime and get the plant up and running again. This is when safety procedures must be followed to prevent accidents. The slightest lack of concentration can have disastrous effects. Maintenance staff are issued with lock-offs that should be fitted to electrical equipment to prevent that equipment being energised mistakenly during the servicing period. When all work is complete the final lock off may be removed by the duty holder once he is satisfied. Now decontactor sockets can be supplied with a padlocking facility that enables users to comply with LOTO procedures for the increased safety of plant workers. The socket padlock bar when fitted prevents the socket release button from being pressed which in turn prevents the plug from entering the socket. In this state visible isolation is achieved. It’s also possible to lock-out the plug itself to prevent unwanted re-connection elsewhere. With an industrial switched decontactor range from 20 to 250A and switched ATEX range from 20 to 200A MARECHAL offers a quick disconnect/ isolation/LOTO safety solution for any plant and helps duty holders comply with HSE requirements. DECONTACTORS are robust, watertight devices that offer enhanced electrical performance to keep crucial plant running and maintenance staff safe. Secure, long-term connection By providing secure connections and long-term reliability MARECHAL DECONTACTORS are fit-andforget connectors. DECONTACTORS are manufactured with silver-nickel tipped, spring-loaded contacts that resist corrosion and eliminate the risk of cold-welding. Glass fibre-reinforced housings provide robust physical protection in hostile conditions and automatic IP66/67 sealing ensures moisture is kept at bay. The introduction of LOTO-compatible padlocks onto MARECHAL DECONTACTORS marks a new level of electrical safety for industrial sites. This allows duty holders to ensure that the working environment complies with the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) when human intervention is required. For more information contact MARECHAL ELECTRIC Tel: 01244 851926 E-mail: contact@marechal.com Web: www.marechal.com/en Available on iPhone and Android devices New rupture disc detection system Ex d-approved Flo-Tel™ XD represents another industry-first for Elfab Leading rupture disc manufacturer Elfab has introduced the industry’s first Ex d-approved burst detection system, FloTel™ XD. For over a decade Flo-Tel™ has offered customers across a wide range of industries the unique features of ATEX Zone 1, non-invasive, failsafe and re-useable detection when using rupture discs. Working with key customers, Elfab’s engineers have sought to offer a more cost-effective system for key applications, such as LNG. Flo- Tel™ is now fully Ex d-approved, negating the need for intrinsically safe barriers and interfacing directly with the customer’s remote terminal unit, all of which reduces installation costs considerably. As with all of Elfab’s Flo-Tel™ products, Flo-Tel™ XD is a onetime only installation unit. The system has no moving parts and is therefore exceptionally reliable. Its method of operation is specifically designed to be fail-safe. Any periodic maintenance checks specified by customers can be carried out by a non-electrically-qualified fitter using the Test-Tel™ installation tool. The Flo-Tel™ sensor fits into the rupture disc holder while a magnet is attached to all Elfab rupture disc products. When the disc bursts, the magnet arcs away from the sensor and produces an open circuit signal. After functioning, only the disc needs to be replaced, saving on both costs and downtime. Elfab’s Opti-Gard™ range of rupture discs was recently tested to over one million life cycles, a service life more than four times longer than the previous industry-best. For more information contact Elfab Ltd, Alder Road, North Shields, Tyne & Wear. Tel: +44 (0)191 293 1208 Fax: +44 (0)191 293 1200 E-mail: pr@elfab.com Website: www.elfab.com 38 Process Industry Informe r October-November 2013


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