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