In the grain processing industry, and particularly in grain drying, there is always the potential risk that a spark can occur, and it is therefore necessary to implement solutions that will minimise the risk of serious damage to the equipment.
For the past 30 years, Cimbria has used a CW-4 overheating alarm in the grain dryers. The well-known CW-4 overheating alarm has a system that, via heat-sensitive cables, registers temperature increases, sends an alarm to the operator and cuts out the dryer – and therefore prevents the fire from spreading.
The grain processing market developed in the direction of fewer, but bigger, processing plants in which efficiency and reliability are key. In terms of maintaining productivity and profitability, it has been even more important now than ever to focus on safety equipment that ensures the safe operation of plants and detects sparks and embers as quickly as possible. At the same time, legislative requirements such as OSHA in North America and ATEX in Europe have forced the industry – both suppliers of equipment and processing companies – to reconsider and enhance grain processing plant safety. In order to comply with legislation and safeguard processing equipment, Cimbria has recently introduced the new infrared spark detection system called CIM-Safe.
CIM-Safe is now a new safety device implemented primarily on Cimbria dryes, because the system has the following advantages:
- Faster reaction compared to cable solution.
- Adjustments are not necessary, i.e. the system is always engaged, regardless of whether grain is being processed.
- Easy installation with highly sensitive infrared sensors.
CIM-Safe is easily be integrated into the equipment and connected to the local control panel, which activates an acoustic alarm and flashes on detection. For further safety, another alarm will trigger by other major events. The later alarm could be configured by the user and used for automatic cut-out. CIM-Safe can also be equipped with an automatic water-based high-pressure system, which acts as an effective water barrier to extinguish sparks in the event closed spaces. In other words, in all areas in which there is a potential risk of fire or explosion, CIM-Safe can be the solution for minimising expensive damage to equipment and (perhaps even more important) subsequent losses due to production shutdown.
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