RR Fisher & Co. Ltd. (www.rrfisher.com.au) has announced the release of its ATEX certified R+W safety couplings for Sympatec’s (www.sympatec.com) particle measuring systems. These safety couplings offer an ATEX design with high-temperature steel plug segment.
Sympatec’s particle measuring systems are specifically designed to detect particles in a nano range up to 10mm. The systems identify application in quality assurance in pharmaceutical manufacturing, cement production, coffee production and print toner manufacturing.
A representative sample is first taken from the production system before measurements can be made. The materials that will be tested are conveyed on air via a production process in pipes with 50mm-800mm inside diameter.
A SK5/10/F/XX type of R+W safety coupling was used in the drive mechanism of the sampling tube. The coupling has ATEX certification for zones 2/22 and 1/21. This is important because samples are taken in an ignitable dust or explosive atmosphere.
Aside from operating and installation instructions, a required declaration of conformity and ATEX certificate is enclosed with the R+W Safety Coupling when it is delivered.
Specified by the customer, the SK5 pluggable solution is necessary for certain industrial environments where a wide variety of products are often designed on the same equipment line.
The components utilized in processing the previous products must be cleaned when converting the line for the production of a different product. Removing components for cleaning is made easy with its plug-in capability.
Another problem at this stage is about the temperature range. The range of operating temperature specified for the coupling is up to 150ºC.
Since plastic plug-in segments are rated for use up to 120ºC, the material for the said parts was changed. Built similar to the plastic part, the new steel plug design can handle an extended temperature range.