The potential for a combustible dust explosion is a reality in many manufacturing and processing operations — even within a dust collection system itself. An explosion in an unprotected dust collector produces a high-pressure wave that can fragment the housing and send heat, flames and dangerous projectiles into the workplace. It's imperative to make sure your dust collector is equipped with an effective explosion protection system.
The goal of any type of explosion protection equipment is to control an explosion, keep employees safe, and minimize damage. There are two main types of protective systems you can use — active and passive.