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Hazardous Area Equipment Protects Workers from Harmful Dust

Dust BoothA range of hazardous area equipment, including fluorescent emergency lighting units, stop-start pushbut-tons, connectors and terminal boxes manufactured by Cooper Crouse-Hinds, is being used on dust containment booths destined for the pharmaceuticals, chemicals and biotech markets.

Based in Huddersfield, Extract Technology designs and manufactures a range of As the dust moves down to a low level, the high velocity exhaust grilles direct the dust into the filters. This on-board filtration system then removes the dust before returning the clean air into the ceiling plenum. A small amount of air is exhausted after the filters, thereby creating a slight negative environment. Inward air movement into the booth at low level ensures containment.

Extract Technology also supplies a range of glass containment booths, powder handling benches, rigid and flexible isolators for containing potent compounds and aseptic processing. Julian Naylor, Controls Department Team Leader at Extract Technology comments: “For more than 25 years, Extract Technology has specialised in the design and manufacture of dust containment booths. These high quality systems demand high quality components to be sourced from our suppliers. We regularly buy hazardous area equipment, including lighting, control equipment and terminal boxes from Cooper Crouse-Hinds [via authorised distributor Scattergood & Johnson Ltd] because we are confident the equipment will do the job and meet our customers’ stringent quality standards.”

On its Downflow Containment Booths, Extract Technology uses a range of hazardous area, explosion-proof equipment from Cooper Crouse-Hinds. This includes the eLLK 92 range of explosion-proof light fittings, as well as stop-start pushbuttons, terminal boxes and connectors. “The safety of the person working in the booth is paramount and so we use the best hazardous area products on the market, since we cannot afford to cut corners here,” explains Naylor.

“For a typical, 1.5 metre-wide Downflow Containment Booth, between two or three lighting units are re-quired. For a larger, 6 metre-wide booth, around 10 to12 lighting units will be used. The number of power sockets, terminal boxes and connectors depends on the customer’s individual requirements. These days, the end user will normally specify what type of hazardous area equipment it requires on the booth, whereas for smaller customers, we tend to decide what products best meet the specification. We work with all the big pharmaceuticals and chemical companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Novartis.”

Cooper Crouse-Hinds’ eLLK 92 range of fluorescent lighting units are available for ATEX Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 21 and Zone 22 hazardous areas. The lighting units come in 2, 4 or 5 feet lengths, with twin lights. The 2 and 4 feet versions can be supplied as emergency lighting. These versions have an ‘intelligent’ NIB battery fitted, which monitors the lighting, providing onboard maintenance with LED indication for ‘capacity’ and ‘faults’.

The eLLK 92 fluorescent lighting units are designed with a glass fibre-reinforced plastic enclosure and a polycarbonate protective bowl. The units are protected to IP66 (EN 60529). Permissible ambient tem-peratures are from –20°C up to +50°C.

In addition to supplying systems and components certified for ATEX environments, Cooper Crouse-Hinds also offers hazardous area equipment to IEC and NEC standards, as well as other international approvals for Eastern Europe, China and North America.