Newson Gale Static Grounding and Bonding Equipment for the Chemical Industry
Newson Gale offers a wide range of static grounding and bonding equipment made to provide optimum safety in explosive atmospheres and other hazardous operating environments in the chemicals industry.
Supply chain activities such as transferring chemicals between tank trucks and railcars, filling, mixing and blending in drums or intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), as well as minor operations such as dispensing solvents from safety cans, can generate hazardous levels of static electricity. An effective solution for reducing fire and explosion risk in the chemicals sector is to use modern, fit-for-purpose static control equipment.
Monitoring and interlock systems for the chemicals industry
Newson Gale’s range of Earth-Rite static ground monitoring and interlock systems can help to prevent fire and explosions in areas with hazardous levels of static electricity.
The Earth-Rite range has applications in:
- Transferring materials to and from tank trucks and railcars
- Filling, mixing and blending of flammable / combustible materials
- Multiple grounding of potentially isolated conductive components
- Filling or discharging type C flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs)
- Filing or discharging static dissipative plastic drums
Monitoring fixed tanks
Our Earth-Rite systems also allow customers to demonstrate international best practice and compliance with various regulations, including International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 60079-32, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 77 and American Petroleum Institute (API) recommended practice (RP) 2003.
Safety solutions for chemical workers
The Bond-Rite range optimises the safety of processes that generate hazardous static in scenarios where control switches and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are unavailable.
It encourages operators to ground equipment before beginning a process. A green light-emitting diode (LED) light will flash when a low resistance connection to the equipment is detected. It continuously monitors the ‘ground loop’ between the potentially charged equipment and a designated ground point. If the connection is compromised in any way, the LED will stop flashing to warn the operator of potential danger.
Variations are available for different lengths of processes, ranging from those that require short-term grounding to those that need constant monitoring. Our Bond-Rite systems allow hazardous area operators to demonstrate best practice compliance with IEC 60079-32 and NFPA 77.
Clamps, cables and reels for hazardous areas
The Cen-Stat range of single-circuit clamps, cables and reels use high-strength mechanical circuits to dispel static electricity from charged equipment.
Operators working in hazardous areas often rely on small clips and welding clamps to ground equipment with no guarantee that these tools are penetrating hardened product deposits, rust or paint. Cen-Stat clamps are fitted with a pair of tungsten carbide tips. This allows them to bite through materials that may inhibit connections and achieve direct electrical contact. The clamp’s stainless-steel construction allows for corrosion resistance and allows it to operate in tough industrial environments.
Cen-Stat clamps comply with Factory Mutual (FM) and Atmosphere Explosible (ATEX) testing standards. They are available with optional dissipative hytrel-coated retractable spiral cables or with static discharge reels.
About Newson Gale
Newson Gale has been an innovator in the field of hazardous area static grounding control for more than 30 years. The company serves the chemical industry and other sectors in which static electricity can become a serious hazard and has the potential to ignite flammable or combustible atmospheres or products.
We are dedicating to ensuring that all of our products and services fully meet customer, contractual and regulatory requirements. We appreciate that consistent quality can only be achieved through careful control at every stage of manufacturing and service. Our company is committed to continuous improvement, helping us to remain and grow in a healthy state and to ensure that customers are always fully satisfied.
Products and Services
Earth-Rite RTR allows personnel to safely load and unload road tankers containing large quantities of flammable liquids or powders, which can generate dangerous levels of electrostatic charge.
The Earth-Rite Mobile Ground Verification system (MGV) patented technology allows personnel to receive an automatic confirmation of a positive electrostatic earth connection when manning trucks that collect and transfer flammable or combustible products.
Earth-Rite PLUS is designed to mitigate the dangerous build-up of static electricity during railcar, skid and intermediate bulk container (IBC) loading and unloading.
The Earth-Rite FIBC system validates and monitors the resistance of type C flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) bags, making sure that electrostatic charges can be conducted through the FIBC and dissipated.