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Industrial Housekeeping

| By Suzanne Shelley

Safeguard industrial workwear and tools with this rugged bin

meeseThis company’s lockable industrial storage bin (photo) is available for gathering soiled workwear for laundering, used sorbent products (non-hazardous materials), maintenance tools and related industrial hygiene items. Its metal-free interior safeguards the stored goods. Its one-piece, rotationally molded lid and door, made from 100% waterproof, ultraviolet (UV)-resistant polyethylene, ensures a tight seal in inclement weather, and it will not crack, fade or deteriorate, allowing it to be used outdoors. The unit cannot harbor bacteria or mold and wipes clean with common cleaning agents, says the company. — Meese Orbitron Dunne Co., Ashtabula, Ohio


Durable floor decals provide clear safety instructions

visualThis company’s Smart Signs (photo) allow facilities to clearly and efficiently communicate information and safety instructions with stickers placed on floors or walls. The peel-and-stick messages are made of durable, high-bond acrylic with a 5-mil polyvinyl chloride (PVC) laminate layer that is slightly textured, with scratch-resistant and anti-skid properties. This construction allows them to withstand heavy foot and forklift traffic. They are available in three sizes: 12- and 17-in. round or 14-by-20-in. rectangles with rounded corners. — Byron Center, Mich.

Device safely extracts fumes during tank and tote filling

americanThe Fill Tube with Fume Eliminator assembly (photo) is designed to simplify the venting of noxious, dangerous or hazardous fumes when filling drums, totes or tanks with solvents or chemicals. It features a one-piece, closed-system fill-tube design with a built-in chamber to control filling and eliminate fumes. The stainless-steel product has two large handles for easy installation and removal into standard 2-in. bung hold flanges. It comes in a variety of sizes, is available with multiple inlets (male and female), quick connectors, and I-line and S-line connectors. The outlet ends can be made to any length or configuration (such as straight or J-shape). — American Machining, Fenton, Mich.

Reduce worker risk with these antiseptic nitrile gloves

BioGard is said to be the first antimicrobial-treated, single-use glove designed to reduce the risk of transient microorganisms. These “self-cleaning” gloves have been shown to kill up to 99.999% of bacteria they contact. BioGard gloves work by combining the company’s antimicrobial technology with polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB), a powerful yet safe antiseptic, says the firm. Nitrile rubber construction makes them safe for latex-sensitive skin, and textured fingertips promote a safer grip. — Ansell Ltd., Iselin, N.J.


This versatile device crushes drums, or their contents

benkoThe Sahara explosion-proof drum crusher and compactor (photo) helps facilities to reduce waste volumes and enable more economical disposal of drums, which can be flattened to 4 in. Its totally explosion-proof construction makes it ideal for use in NFPA Class 1, Div. 1 areas. It provides 60,000 lb of compaction force, rugged welded-steel construction and a non-sparking compaction chamber. A quick-change head allows the device to provde in-drum compacting, as well. — Benko Products, Sheffield Village, Ohio

Cleaning and inspection device targets subsea flexible joints

The Flex Joint Cleaning Tool (FJCT) was originally designed for one major oil company to help clean flexible elastomeric elements in joints with diameters ranging from 4 to 24 in., against excessive marine growth — an essential step to allow for reliable operation and proper inspections. This company now operates a rental fleet to enable companies to use the FJCT. The product offering allows users to work with various inspection cameras, 3D modeling, lasers, temperature probes and cleaning tools, and to collect various types of information, data and images to guide subsea inspection and maintenance operations. — Seanic Ocean Systems, Houston

Sound-abatement solutions help curb industrial noise

acoustiblokQuiet-Cloud Industrial Sound Absorption Panels (photo) reduce noise from industrial environments. They rely on Acoustiblok, a propietary viscoelastic polymer material with a high-density mineral content. As sound waves cause the material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is dissipated via an isothermal adiabatic principal. The panels can be installed without major construction changes, special tools or skilled labor and is approved for use in more than 375 fire-rated wall, floor and ceiling configurations. The company’s Industrial All Weather Sound Panels, designed for outdoor use, have a noise-reduction coefficient of 1.00, and are engineered to withstand damage from water, moistur, humid salt air and salt water, dirt, dust, constant ultraviolet light, grease and harsh chemicals. — Acoustiblok, Tampa, Fla.


Sprayed refractory cement provides reliable fire protection

Morgan Advanced Materials

Morgan Advanced Materials

FireMaster FireBarrier 135 is a sprayed refractory-cement product that provides fire protection and is easy to install (photo). Its use can help safeguard concrete tunnels, ventilation shafts, escape tunnels and refuge spaces, as well as critical conduit systems used for water mains and communication cables. It can be applied to concrete or metal substrates using standard spraying equipment. It is adhesive to most construction materials and can be flattened with a trowel, and fixtures can be attached to it. It can also be cast into sheet form and installed as a dry board or shape for applications where spraying is not convenient. It meets NFPA 502 requirements. — Morgan Advanced Materials, Windsor, U.K.

Capture air samples with chain-of-custody confidence

New Star Environmental

New Star Environmental

The patented VeriAir Flex Manual Inflating Sample Bag (photo) is designed for emergency-response situations, where an atmospheric air sample can be collected in a hot zone and then moved to a safe zone for immediate testing with a portable gas chromatograph or other analytical instrument. The design allows an atmospheric grab sample to be collected directly without the need for a calibrated sampling pump or other equipment, says the company. It has multi-layer foil construction, is rated at 5,800 lbs tensile strength, and offers excellent barrier properties. It has a built-in volumetric pump and valve, and has no batteries to replace. Each VeriAirFlex includes a unique identifying number on the label that allows the user to ensure reliaable chain-of-custody handling and support sample-retention records. — New Star Environmental, Roswell, Ga.

Absorbent, tear-proof flooring helps improve worker safety

Kafko International

Kafko International

The absorbent Oil Eater Tuff Rug (photo) is a durable flooring material that provides long-wearing durability needed to keep floors dry and safe in high-traffic areas, including forklift aisles and walkways in manufacturing plants and other industrial settings. It is made of 100% recycled materials and available in rolls with 36-in. width and 150-ft length. — Kafko International, Skokie, Ill.

Capture vent gases using water or reagents

The ScrubPac Vent Clean packaged scrubber systems are designed to capture and remove emissions of acids, ammonia, alcohols, formaldehyde, amines, sodium bisulfite, hydrogen sulfide and many other water-soluble contaminants that arise during breathing and filling operations from storage tanks and railcars. The VentClean is now available in four model sizes to handle gas capacities through 1,500 ft3/min. Two configurations are available to adapt to a variety of scrubbing liquid preferences. Type 1 is configured to use water on a once-through basis. Type 2 uses a special circulation pump that reduces water consumption, or allows for the use of chemical reagents, such as sodium hydroxide on a recirculated batch basis. — Bionomic Industries, Mahwah, N.J.

This air vent is suitable for sanitary applications

tlvThe VS3 Air Vent (photo) is designed for sanitary applications requiring an air vent for a liquid line or filter. Three-point seating and a rubber valve seat allow for tight sealing. The compact device can function as an air vent or a vacuum breaker, and thanks to its size, it is suitable for use in confined or tight spaces. With a crevice-free design that allows for easy cleaning and free drainage of liquids without pooling, the VS3 meets specific requirements for materials, surface treatments, component configuration and industry standards set forth by FDA and USP. The VS3 is available with a variety of internal and exernal electropolished surface finishes, some as fine as 0.5µm Ra. — TLV Corp., Charlotte, N.C.

Portable lighting solutions ease tank cleaning

A broad range of products are designed to provide portable, explosion-proof lighting tools — both handheld and cart-mounted — to support tank-cleaning operations. Different options are available to provide either broad square footage of illumination or intense focused light for close work. — Larson Electronics, Kemp, Tex.

Barrier systems reduce workplace hazards

The Guardian Defender is an automated barrier door that is designed to guard machinery, contain processes and protect employees from robotics and machine-movement zones. Compared to its predecessor, the Slimline, the latest version includes patent-pending upgrades to its non-contact safety switch configuration, control systems and interlocking capabilities, says the firm. Variable-frequency drive control is available to manage curtain speed and quick-disconnect cables allow for easier installation and integration than comparable barrier doors. The barrier is designed to increase worker safety related to robotic welding cells, material-handling operations, automated assembly systems, palletizing and packaging machinery and others that require electronic safeguarding devices. — Rite-Hite Machine Guarding, Milwaukee, Wisc.

Move drums without the need for a forklift

The Pig Poly Deck with Pallet Jack Pockets (photo) is the latest product to join this company’s spill-containment product offerings. Using this device, operators can move drums without the need for a forklift. Because the Poly Deck has fork channels that are sized and spaced to fit most pallet jacks, it can be moved quickly and easily using a pallet jack, even when fully loaded. Its low-density polyethylene construction helps to resist damage from UV rays, rust, corrosion and most chemicals. The 2,000-lb capacity will support two fully loaded steel and poly drums without buckling. The 22-gal. sump catches leaks and drips during drum transfer. — New Pig, Tipton, Pa.

Capture fumes with this streamlined hood

The Purair 20 Ductless Fume Hood (photo) is designed to provide operator protection when hazardous substances are present. A face velocity at 100 foot/min ensures containment of fumes and an alarm alerts the operator when the airflow falls to an unacceptable level. All switches and electrical components are isolated from the dirty airflow to prevent contamination. The device is 49 in. wide, 27.5 in. deep and 47.5 in. high. A larger version with width of 96 in. is also available. To capture a range of organic compounds, solvents, acids, mercury and formaldehyde, 14 types of carbon filter are available. The filter is required by ANSI Z9.5 section 4.12 4.2. — Air Science USA, Fort Myers, Fla. 



Suzanne Shelley