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October 1, 2012

Reduce Hazards in Process Vacuum Systems

Reduce explosion risks, and chemical and physical hazards, to ensure safer operation of vacuum pumps and related systems

Stanley S. Grossel, Process Safety and Design Consultant

Steam ejector systems, mechanical vacuum pumps, and hybrid systems that combine both steam ejectors and mechanical vacuum pumps are widely used to produce vacuum conditions that are required for many types of chemical process operations. All such systems have inherent hazards associated with them, but proper planning, design, operation and maintenance can improve overall safety....

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