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Secure, digital communication in potentially explosive atmospheres
June 2024, Pepperl+Fuchs
Consistently digitalised processes in the smart factory are a matter of course today, but not in potentially explosive atmospheres. The systems and devices used in these areas must have optimal protection mechanisms to ensure maximum safety.

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Functional and compatible intrinsically safe loop approvals
June 2024, Extech Safety Systems
With all the focus on IS loop approval, it is easy to forget to check that the loop will function correctly to see whether the field device has sufficient power (voltage & current) to operate over the full process range.

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Upgrade your legacy alarm units
May 2024, Omniflex Remote Monitoring Specialists
Darren Barratt, sales manager at alarm annunciator specialist Omniflex, explains the drawbacks of leaving outdated rack-based alarm annunciator systems in place, and why an upgrade might be simpler than you would expect.

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Cathodic protection system for hazardous environments
March 2024, Omniflex Remote Monitoring Specialists
When NSW Ports in Australia embarked on a two-year programme to rehabilitate the structures and combat corrosion levels at its Bulk Liquid Berth 1, it commissioned Melbourne-based consultancy Infracorr to deliver a bespoke cathodic protection) system. To deliver the system safely, Infraccor engaged cathodic protection specialist Omniflex to support the hazardous area and remote monitoring aspects of the CP system design.

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Leading the way in PDS technology
February 2024
Booyco Electronics, an original equipment manufacturer specialising in mine safety equipment, has witnessed a surge in demand for its proximity detection systems (PDS) and collision prevention systems (CPS) since the Mine Health and Safety regulation focusing on trackless mobile machinery was promulgated. These systems offer crucial vehicle-to-pedestrian and vehicle-to-vehicle detection capabilities.

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Ensuring lone worker safety
February 2024
The Conextivity Group’s startup – Wearin’ – has developed a solution connecting the lone worker with the control centre. This was commissioned by concrete producer, Pro Beton to ensure the safety of its teams of machine operators and cleaners working on production sites during the day, night, and weekends.

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Safety breakthrough in live testing of large equipment
November 2023
While essential to effective maintenance, the live testing of mining vehicles and equipment can be hazardous and time consuming; but this has all changed with the SafeGauge range of digital testing systems. Developed in Australia, SafeGauge is now distributed in South Africa by Booyco Electronics, known for its leading role in promoting safety on mines through its proximity detection systems.

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Explosion-protected control units
October 2023, Pepperl+Fuchs
The new range of control units from Pepperl+Fuchs offers a clever solution for switching and controlling circuits in hazardous areas that are designated ATEX/IECEx Zones 1/21 and 2/22.

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The importance of understanding SIL ratings
September 2023, Omniflex Remote Monitoring Specialists
Major industrial accidents around the world, like the Bhopal chemical plant disaster, have occurred due to insufficient and poorly designed safety systems. Gary Bradshaw, director of alarm and safety system specialist Omniflex, explains how SIL ratings work and the dangers of the misconceptions that exist around them.

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The importance of understanding SIL ratings
August 2023, Omniflex Remote Monitoring Specialists
Major industrial accidents around the world, like the Bhopal chemical plant disaster, have occurred due to insufficient and poorly designed safety systems. Gary Bradshaw, director of alarm and safety system specialist Omniflex, explains how SIL ratings work and the dangers of the misconceptions that exist around them.

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Mobile workers 4.0
September 2023, Pepperl+Fuchs
Intrinsically safe smart devices enable lone mobile workers to work seamlessly throughout the plant with the help of digital support. The significant increase in production efficiency and reliability is noticeable.

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Functional safety over EtherCAT
July 2023, Eagle Africa Technology
HMS Networks has released a new version of the Ixxat SafeT100 module, allowing users to implement safe I/Os for FSoE (Functional Safety over EtherCAT), which was previously available only for PROFIsafe and CIP Safety.

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Overcurrent protection for explosion-protected areas
July 2023, Phoenix Contact
The customisable Caparoc circuit breaker system from Phoenix Contact now also offers modules for explosion-protected areas, thereby extending the range of possible applications.

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Mobile devices in hazardous areas
July 2023, Extech Safety Systems
The intention of this paper is to outline the basic requirements for designing and manufacturing an IS mobile device. What are the risks and what do the standards say? This will explain why IS mobile devices are more expensive than standard rugged devices.

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Corrosion-resistant flameproof junction box
June 2023
Pratley has developed and launched a ground-breaking new product, the Flameproof Ex d Envirobox. This is the world’s first polymeric, corrosion-resistant, direct-entry, flameproof junction box.

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Functional safety over EtherCAT with Ixxat Safe T100/FSoE
June 2023
HMS Networks has released a new version of the Ixxat SafeT100 module, allowing users to implement safe I/Os for FSoE – Functional Safety over EtherCAT.

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Reducing downtime with machine safety
May 2023, Omron Electronics
Today’s manufacturers are under pressure to be more flexible, reduce downtime, increase efficiency and, above all, keep personnel safe. The right machine safety technology can help companies reduce the impact of unforeseen events and keep productivity levels high.

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Leading the PDS and CPS evolution in coal mining
June 2023
With its foundations firmly rooted in the coal mining sector, Booyco Electronics has over the years led the revolution of proximity detection system and collision prevention system solutions that speak directly to the needs of both surface and underground collieries.

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Evolution of PDS deepens its safety impact on mines
March 2023
Proximity detection systems (PDS) started out as a valuable mechanism to warn operators and pedestrians of imminent danger, but today they play even more powerful health and safety roles.

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World’s first 5G smartphone for hazardous areas
March 2023, Extech Safety Systems
i.safe MOBILE has launched the world’s first 5G smartphone for ATEX and IECEx zone 1/21.

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