Explosion at Sunoco refinery in Delaware-ethylene leak suspected cause

It is Monday, May 18, 2009 and firefighters are still battling flames at Sunoco’s  refinery and petrochemical complex at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. A suspected Ethylene leak caused a massive explosion and fire in a unit in the refinery and petrochemical complex on Sunday night. Luckily, no casualties have been reported. Sunoco reportedly operates the Marcus […]

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New wireless instruments can improve safety monitoring

There is now yet another generation of instruments on the market-wireless! The developments in instruments are faster than what a traditional chemicals manufacturing plant was used to. First we had pneumatic/hydraulic & mechanical instruments, then analog instruments, then digital “smart” instruments, fieldbuses and now wireless. However, in this case these may prove to be very […]

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Proper Hazardous Area Classification can prevent accidents

Mention the words “Hazardous Area Classification” and most people who operate plants think, “Oh No! It means that I have to install explosionproof equipment.” Well, nothing could be further from the truth. First of all all hazardous areas do not have explosionproof equipment (it is just one of the many ways in which one can […]

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