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, and the control system can be arranged for multiple connectors to aid monitoring larger installations. Check out the BFM® Pneumatic Monitoring System here.
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.
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 left) 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.
An additional safety measure while using the BFM® fitting near rotating machinery is to is to use the BFM® Pneumatic Monitoring System which immediately alerts you when a fitting is being removed and can be programmed to automatically shut-off any dangerous machinery.
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.