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Fire and Explosion Prevention for the Wood Products Industry

Spark Detection & Extinguishing Systems offer safety for your wood products production

The production of wood products often requires very complex processes. Wood and other combustible materials are worked in different ways by numerous fast-running machines. Therefore, the production of wood products holds a high risk of fire. The byproduct of these processes, combustible dust, is especially explosive.

Any cutting, shaping, sanding or grinding process in the wood products industry generates chips and combustible dust that are concentrated by the extraction systems. Friction and heat can cause ignition. Sparks, embers or hot particles can be created and transported through dust collection and conveying systems to downstream filters, silos or bins. These hazards can meet explosive wood dust concentrations and quickly cause fire and dust explosions.

Finger jointing is one of many processes that produces sparks and embers.
Finger jointing is one of many processes that produces sparks and embers.




Zones at risk in the wood products production

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

  • Saw
  • Milling and shaping
  • Sander
  • Press
  • Hammermill
  • Conveying system
  • Dust collector
  • Cyclone
  • Filter
  • Silo
  • Storage bin








Dust collector at a wood products manufacturing facility
Dust collector at a wood products manufacturing facility.

Fire and explosion prevention for the woodworking industry

GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system significantly increases the safety of the wood products production facilities. It detects sparks and automatically extinguishes them just after saws, sanders, shaping, and other processes before they reach the filter, 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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Wood products production diagram showing possible protection areas
Wood products production showing possible protection areas.