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Flameproof Pumps


Flameproof Pumps Crucial To Many Tasks 

Pumps have come a long way since they were first used to pull water from wells and irrigate crops. The demands created by industry have led to some very big changes, not just in the design of the pumps themselves but also in the nature of the substances that modern are now called upon to handle on a daily basis. The need for safe handling of highly flammable fuels has created a need for flameproof pumps.

It would be a very rare day indeed when one could take a drive without spotting one of the big oil company’s tankers along the way. Not only are these bulk fuel transporters designed to protect their contents from fire but, during the filling and delivery processes, equal care has to be taken to minimise the constant risk of fire. Petrol and diesel fuel is transferred by pumping and the flammable nature of these fuels means the use of flameproofpumps for this purpose is vital.

Eliminating The Spark
So what causes the danger to these highly volatile fuels and to other flammable substances in the average pump? The simple answer is sparks! Electrically driven pumps are prone to arcing and may also develop high surface temperatures that could easily lead to fire and a fatal explosion. Thus to guard against this risk in the transfer of flammables the aim is to eliminate sparks and hot surfaces.

Flameproof pumps are designed to do exactly that. Pumps with lower power and stored energy levels will produce arcs with insufficient energy to ignite fuels but completely enclosing contact points or immersing them in oil is a somewhat safer option.

The surface most likely to present danger in an electric pump would be the motor windings. The re-design of this component serves to reduce surface temperatures to well below the ignition point.

Conforming To Safety Standards

Genuine flameproof pumps are undergo rigorous testing before being approved and certified for use with specified flammables only. Finding a pump to meet your safety needs requires expert help. contact us for peace of mind.

 

 

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