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BFM® fitting is safer

Reduces Explosion Risk

Dust leaking from flexible connections during operation provide the potential for secondary explosions in certain conditions and is a very real and serious health and safety risk for any factory.

BFM® fittings are safer because there is no dust leaking into the factory environment and our popular Seeflex 040E fittings have undergone extensive testing and have been proven to contain internal explosions in excess of 60kPa.

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Added Security: Tool Release

For areas where you want to significantly reduce the risk of staff putting their hands near dangerous moving parts, our TR (Tool Release) connectors (shown below) provide the perfect solution.

To help keep hands safe, the connector cuff on the TR connector is much firmer and is virtually impossible to release manually - a special rounded-end tool is used to release the connector by inserting it through a small hole drilled in the spigot.

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Connector removal protection

Wherever you have a flexible connection in a live production system, if the connector is removed at any time, there is always a potential risk that hands can be placed near dangerous moving parts, such as rotary valves and rotating knives.

Find out how you can have added peace of mind that you can monitor when a BFM® fitting is removed in these areas with the Pneumatic Monitoring System.

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With Health and Safety such a high priority for businesses today, the BFM® fitting flexible connector system provides you with peace of mind you're improving safety for your staff.

Here's why... 

They're safer to install.

Installing and replacing flexible connectors on machinery can present a number of dangers:

  • Hoseclips can be difficult to unfasten and replace, particularly in hard-to-get-to locations.  Using sharp tools like screwdrivers, particularly in these types of positions, can potentially be a hazard to workers.
  • Replacing connectors that are close to moving parts like rotary valves or knives can be extremely dangerous.

The BFM® fitting has a simple snap-fit installation, and our standard connectors require no tools. The flexible cuff is simply curved to form a 'C' shape, positioned inside the shaped spigot and released - the tension on the cuff pops it out into the perfect place.  

Any pressure inside the system as it runs simply pushes the BFM® connector outwards and improves the seal - unlike most connectors that tend to leak as more pressure is applied.

BFM® fitting reduces secondary explosion risk.

Dust leaking from flexible connections during operation can not only cause an unhealthy atmosphere for staff to breathe, but the potential for secondary explosions in certain conditions is a very real and serious health and safety risk for any factory.

BFM® fitting provides a sealed system which means there is no dust leaking into the factory environment - healthier for your staff, and safer for your entire plant. Our popular Seeflex 040E fittings have undergone extensive testing and have been proven to contain internal explosions in excess of 60kPa.

To further reduce the risk of consequential fires, our Kevlar covers have been tested to withstand pressures in excess of 100kPa.

Check out our explosion testing videos below to see how well BFM®  fitting connectors perform against standard hose-clip type connectors.

Additional safety options are also available:

Standard Tool-Release Option

For areas where you want to significantly reduce the risk of staff putting their hands near dangerous moving parts, our TR (Tool Release) connectors (shown below) provide the perfect solution.

To help keep hands safe, the connector cuff on the TR connector is much firmer and is virtually impossible to release manually - a special rounded-end tool is used to release the connector by inserting it through a small hole drilled in the spigot. 

CAUTION: Although the firmer TR band is a significant deterrent to manual removal, if an individual is determined enough, it may still be possible.

Download our Tool Release Connector Guideline here.

Smiley-face Tool Release Option

To further prevent staff improvising inappropriate tools to remove a TR connector, our new 'Smiley Face' tool means that the shape of the hole made in the spigot will only allow our identically shaped tool option to be used.

The uniquely shaped 'Smiley Face' hole is punched through the top of the spigot using our special 'Smiley Face' Hole Punch. 

Both the tool and the punch are available to purchase from your local Distributor and can be 'retrofitted' to existing BFM® Installations (provided you have sufficient access for the punch to be used on the spigot).

You can download an information guideline about this new product here.

Pneumatic Monitoring System

BFM®’s Pneumatic Monitoring System is an automatic warning system for any process where there is a potential for danger to operators hands (eg. above rotary valves or knives), or as a positional sensor to ensure all connectors in a large plant are installed correctly at all times.

The system works by pumping pressurised air between the silicone cuff of the BFM® connector and the spigot. An air line sensor immediately detects if this outward pressure is released as the connector cuff begins to get pushed inwards when it is being removed, setting off an alarm and/or shutting off any moving parts below.

Counters visibly show when the seal is not correct.  

Check out the BFM® Pneumatic Monitoring System here.

AkzoNobel chooses BFM® for explosion risk reduction

Health and safety is paramount for global chemicals manufacturer AkzoNobel at it’s Elotex plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, but the construction additives produced at this plant involve fine, abrasive powders which were proving hard to contain.  

The resultant dust leakage posed a real explosion risk.  After installing a BFM® fitting system on their sifter, AkzoNobel were so impressed with its performance they are gradually replacing all of their connectors with BFM®. 

Read the full case study here...

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