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Fire and Explosion Prevention for the OSB Industry

Spark Detection & Extinguishing Systems offer safety for your oriented strand board production

OSB panels (oriented strand board) stand out for their good mechanical properties. OSB panels are essential as supporting and reinforcing structural elements, especially in wood construction. However, the production and drying of strands then pressing them into OSB panels hold various risks of fire. The byproduct of these processes, combustible dust, is especially explosive.

The main hazardous areas in OSB production are chippers, dryers, former, press, saws, and sanders where the material is processed. Defective machine parts and overheating can generate ignition sources in the form of sparks or embers. Through extraction and conveying systems, these hazards can reach filter, silos, bins or down stream processes where they can meet explosive wood dust concentrations and quickly cause fire and dust explosions.



Zones at risk in OSB production

Fire or explosions in OSB production can damage or even destroy the facility. GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system monitors and protects the following areas at risk:

  • Chipper
  • Dryer
  • Cyclone
  • Screens
  • Dosing bin
  • Forming station
  • Press
  • Sander
  • Cutoff saw
  • Conveying system
  • Dust collector
  • Silo








OSB plant
Oriented Strand Board (OSB) plant.

Fire and explosion prevention for the OSB industry

GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system significantly increases the safety of OSB productions facilities. It detects sparks from chippers, dryers, screens, saws, sanders, press and other production processes and automatically extinguishes them before they reach the dust collector, silos or bins — and these systems have done so successfully for more than 35 years in over 200,000 installations worldwide.

We continually strive to make industry a safer place to work. GreCon spark detection and extinguishing systems play an important part in making your workplace safer, maintain production up-time, minimize equipment damage, reduce insurance premiums and help meet NFPA standards and OSHA regulations.

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OSB process diagram showing possible protection areas
OSB production process diagram showing possible protection areas.