Non-spark­ing main­te­nance tools in­crease safety

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS - DE­TAILS, PH 09-526 1600, NZ.RS-ON­LINE.COM

RS Com­po­nents has in­tro­duced a new range of ‘non-spark­ing’ tools from EGA Mas­ter for use by main­te­nance engi­neers in haz­ardous or po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive en­vi­ron­ments, where a spark could ig­nite gases, chem­i­cals or other volatile sub­stances and ma­te­ri­als.

Main­te­nance will al­ways need to be car­ried out on equip­ment what­ever the ap­pli­ca­tion or en­vi­ron­ment. How­ever, us­ing stan­dard tools in haz­ardous or even po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive en­vi­ron­ments could be cat­a­strophic. Non-spark­ing tools gen­er­ate low-en­ergy sparks that are al­ways be­low the ig­ni­tion en­ergy of the haz­ardous sub­stances – either gas or dust – that are present in the en­vi­ron­ment, mak­ing them safe for use in ex­plo­sive en­vi­ron­ments.

Now avail­able from RS is a wide port­fo­lio of non-spark­ing tools from EGA Mas­ter, with a choice of nearly 500 tools ideal for main­te­nance engi­neers work­ing in haz­ardous en­vi­ron­ments. The range in­cludes: screw­drivers; sledge­ham­mers; socket sets; socket wrenches and other socket ac­ces­sories; com­bi­na­tion, ad­justable and non-im­pact spanners; pliers in­clud­ing com­bi­na­tion and long-nose types; cut­ters; and a wide se­lec­tion of hex-key sets.

These tools are man­u­fac­tured from com­monly used ma­te­ri­als to de­liver non-spark­ing abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing cop­per-beryl­lium al­loy (Cu-Be) and alu­minium- bronze al­loy (Al-Br). In ad­di­tion to be­ing non-spark­ing, these ma­te­ri­als have non-mag­netic prop­er­ties and are also highly cor­ro­sion re­sis­tant, mak­ing them ideal for ma­rine work in par­tic­u­lar.

A key tar­get mar­ket for these tools is the oil and gas in­dus­try, as well as other in­dus­tries with po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive en­vi­ron­ments such as in flour or pa­per mills where a high con­cen­tra­tion of fine com­bustible par­ti­cles in the air can cause com­bus­tion un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances, along with the pres­ence of an ox­i­dant such as oxy­gen and an ig­ni­tion event. The use of non-spark­ing tools, in con­junc­tion with other vi­tal pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures, can help to re­move the ig­ni­tion com­po­nent in this equa­tion. Other tar­get in­dus­tries for these tools in­clude aerospace, ma­rine, au­to­mo­tive and min­ing, as well as other im­por­tant sec­tors such as chem­i­cals, petro­chem­i­cals, paint man­u­fac­tur­ing and brew­ing, among many oth­ers.

For max­i­mum safety, EGA Mas­ter marks all tools with the re­spec­tive al­loy in or­der to en­sure that the right tool is used. All EGA Mas­ter non-spark­ing tools are cer­ti­fied by the Ger­man BAM lab­o­ra­tory, which of­fers a third-party as­sur­ance that the tools are safe to be used in ex­plo­sive en­vi­ron­ments.

The EGA Mas­ter non-spark­ing tool range is in stock now at RS in EMEA and Asia Pa­cific and sup­port RS so­lu­tions for the ma­rine and off­shore in­dus­try.

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