New generation of EX solutions rolls out
12 December 2012
Safety specialist Pyroban Group has announced the official launch of a new generation of 'Zone 2' explosion proof forklift conversions. System 6000 will be shown for the first time at 12pm on the opening day of IMHX 201
"System 6000 has been developed for the growing Zone 2 market which is present in a wide range of manufacturing and logistics operations worldwide," explains Malcolm Davis of Pyroban. "It supersedes our award winning system 5000 with new software, new hardware and most importantly with infrared and pellistor gas sensing options, so that virtually all material handling applications where there could be a gas or vapour hazard can be managed with the most appropriate Zone 2 technology. The System 6000 gas detection system will also be offered with IECEx certification to IEC 60079 standards." System 6000 Zone 2 protection combines gas detection with various explosion protection methods such as restricted breathing enclosures, stainless steel cladding of forks and surface temperature cooling to ensure the engine, motors, brakes, electrics and other components remain below the auto-ignition temperatures of flammable materials.
"Forklift technology has become increasingly complex with a focus on energy consumption and ergonomics," Davis explains. "System 6000 compliments the latest technologies seen in engine and battery electric truck design particularly VNA, pallet, picking and reach truck designs. It was also developed to work with other types of mobile equipment such as cleaning machines, cranes and access platforms." When a mixture of flammable gas or vapour in air is detected, System 6000 gives an audible and visual warning at 10% Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) propane in air and at 25% LEL it shuts down the protected equipment automatically eliminating the risk of an explosion.
System 6000 can be selected with either pellistor or infrared gas sensing technology. Users have the option of selecting the gas sensing system best suited to their specific needs. For example, a pellistor system would detect 95% of hydrocarbons and is therefore the most versatile system when users in the chemicals and paints/coating industries are handling a wide range of products.
Infrared technology is particularly suited to operation in distilleries and handling of aerosols.