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Fire and Explosion Prevention for the Tire Recycling Industry

Spark Detection & Extinguishing Systems offer safety for your tire recycling process

Scrap tires are a difficult waste material due to their quantity, form, structure, non- decomposability and flammability. Because of the additives contained in tires, dumping of scrap tires is prohibited in most states and many other countries. Scrap tires must be recycled. In the recycling process of scrap tires, metal, rubber and textiles are separated. The comminution, milling, separation and screening processes hold a high risk of fire. The byproduct of these processes, combustible dust, is especially explosive.

When milling and comminuting these combustible materials, individual sparks or hot particles are sufficient for an ignition into a fire or exploion. Defective machine parts, foreign objects or high process temperatures can also produce hazardous conditions in conveying systems and downstream process areas.



Pile of used tires.
Pile of used tires.

Zones at risk in the tire recycling

Fire or explosions in tire recycling can damage or even destroy the plant. GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system monitors and protects the following areas at risk:

  • Granulators
  • Mills
  • Screens
  • Extraction system
  • Filters
  • Silos








Dust collector at tire recycling facility.
Dust collector at tire recycling facility.

Fire and explosion prevention for the tire recycling industry

GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system significantly increases the safety of tire recycling facilities. It detects sparks and automatically extinguishes them in grandulators, mills, screens, and other processes before they reach the filter — 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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Tire recycling process diagram showing possible protection areas
Tire recycling process diagram showing possible protection areas.