Company : Newson Gale Ltd

Category : Safety and Security

Key Products : Earth Rite Products, Bond Rite Products, Cen Stat Products

For over 30 years, Newson Gale has been leading the way in hazardous area static grounding control, serving industries where processes generating static electricity have the potential to ignite flammable or combustible atmospheres. Founded in 1988 by Mr Ernest Kochmann in West Bridgford, Nottingham Newson Gale was relocated to its 8,000 sq ft. Colwick, Nottingham for the further expansion of products manufacturing and to meet the global needs in demand.

In many branches of industry, hazardous (explosive) atmospheres exist due to the presence of flammable liquid vapors, gases, dusts and fibers. No matter how the explosive atmosphere is classified, it is vital that all potential ignition sources are eliminated, and static electricity is perhaps the most insidious of them all. Static electricity is generated in industry by virtually all operations and processes involving movement - for example product transfer, mixing and size reduction. Fires and explosions can occur owing to uncontrolled static discharge from plant, people and materials, and these commonly result in civilian injuries and fatalities, as well as significant financial losses in direct property damage and plant downtime.

National codes of practice such as NFPA77 provide guidelines for the effective control of static electricity, involving grounding and bonding all conductive and static dissipative plant and equipment in explosive atmospheres to prevent charge accumulation. This may sound simple enough in theory, but in practice is more difficult to achieve if you consider the large number of “static critical” applications commonly found in industry, oftentimes coupled with the presence of non-conductive materials, surface coatings and other insulating substances. Ideally, any control measures used should provide a seamless interface with normal plant operation and involve simple, user-friendly procedures.

To help control these risks, Newson Gale offers a wide range of static grounding and bonding equipment which is made to provide optimum safety in explosive atmospheres and other hazardous operating environments. The Newson Gale® range prevents static charge accumulation by using practical and innovative design, and ensures effective static control on three levels: -

 

Earth Rite Products

Earth-Rite series of static ground indicators and interlock systems

Wherever there is a real danger of conductive plant equipment and materials accumulating static charge within flammable and combustible atmospheres Newson Gale's range of Earth-Rite Static Ground Monitoring & Interlock Systems provide added operational safety for critical hazardous area processing and handling operations.

  • Road Tanker Truck and Railcar flammable product transfer.
  • Filling, mixing and blending of flammable / combustible materials in Drums, IBCs, Totes, Portable Containers and Mobile Tanks.
  • Multiple Grounding of potentially isolated conductive components of manufacturing and processing systems.
  • Filling or discharging Type C FIBCs and static dissipative plastic drums in flammable or combustible atmospheres.
  • Monitoring fixed Tanks and Vessels in storage and distribution facilities.

Bond Rite Products

Bond-Rite series of self testing static grounding clamp units

For applications where control switches or PLCs are not available for output contacts, the Bond-Rite range is the best solution for maximizing the safety of processes generating static in hazardous areas.

  • Encouraging operators to ground equipment before the process is initiated, a bright green LED flashes when it detects a low resistance connection to the equipment.
  • Once connected, the Bond-Rite continuously monitors the ‘ground loop’ between the potentially charged equipment and designated ground point.
  • If the connections to equipment or grounded points are compromised, the LED will stop flashing, warning operator of a potential static hazard.
  • The Bond-Rite range has been adapted for processes that require short term grounding to processes where customers prefer 24/7 indication.

Cen Stat Products

Cen-Stat series of static grounding and bonding clamps, cables, reels and test instruments

The Cen-Stat range of clamps, cables and reels are single circuit applications that rely on high strength mechanical circuits to dissipate static electricity from potentially charged equipment.

Cen-Stat clamps are specially designed to dissipate static electricity from potentially charged equipment and are subjected to rigorous FM & ATEX testing standards.

In some cases, hazardous area operators rely on small clips and welding clamps to ground equipment without any guarantee they are penetrating hardened product deposits, rust or paint. To mitigate against this uncertainty Cen-Stat clamps are fitted with a pair of tungsten carbide tips to bite through connection inhibitors and achieve direct electrical contact to potentially charged equipment. The stainless steel construction provides corrosion resistant benefits and is capable of working in tough industrial environments.

The clamps can be supplied with static dissipative Hytrel coated retractable spiral cable or static discharge reels.

Newson Gale Inc. has a wealth of experience gained in controlling static electricity in explosive atmospheres. Please contact them to discuss your own specific requirements – they offer a free application evaluation service for companies concerned about static electricity in hazardous areas.

Contact Details

Newson Gale Ltd
Omega House
Private Road 8, Colwick
Nottingham, NG4 2JX
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 115 940 7500
e-Mail: groundit@newson-gale.co.uk
URL: www.newson-gale.com