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Fire and Explosion Prevention for the Particleboard Industry

Spark Detection & Extinguishing Systems offer safety for your particleboard production

The most used panel around the world is particleboard, especially for the manufacture of furniture and cabinet work. The panels consist of three to five layers of different chip sizes to provide is structural strength and panel surface quality. However, drying and processing wood into chips as well as pressing these combustible materials into particleboard hold various risks of fire. The byproduct of these processes, combustible dust, is especially explosive.

The main hazardous areas in particleboard production are chippers, dryers, hammer mills, 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 dust collectors, silos, bins or sanders where they can meet explosive wood dust concentrations and quickly cause fire and dust explosions.

Zones at risk in particleboard production

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

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

Particleboard plant
Medium density fiberboard (MDF) plant.

Fire and explosion prevention for the particleboard industry

GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system significantly increases the safety of particleboard productions facilities. It detects sparks from dryers, hammermills, 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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Particleboard process diagram showing possible protection areas
Particleboard process diagram showing possible protection areas.