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Spark detection system

Cimbria has launched a new Infrared Spark Detection System, dubbed CIM-Safe, for the grain processing industry.

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Grain processing, and especially in grain drying, has always faced the risk of sparks, with various solutions to minimise the risk of devastating damage to equipment needing to be implemented. For 30 years, the solution Cimbria has used in grain dryers is the CW-4 overheating alarm – a system that registers temperature increases via heat sensitive cables, sends an alarm to the operator and shuts down the dryer, thereby preventing a fire from developing.

As the market has developed, with fewer but larger process plants where efficiency and reliable operation are key to maintaining productivity and profitability, Cimbria said it is also increasingly important to focus on safety equipment that ensures operation of the plant and detects sparks and embers as early as possible. In addition, legislative measures such as OSHA in North America and ATEX in Europe have forced the industry – both equipment suppliers and processors – to reconsider and improve plant design. In order to comply with such legislation and to safeguard equipment, Cimbria developed CIM-Safe.

The company explained that CIM-Safe has already been implemented as a new safety device on its dryers, mainly because the system features:

  • Faster reaction compared to the CW-4 cable solution.
  • No adjustment required - i.e. the system is always engaged regardless of the product being processed.
  • Easy installation with high-sensitivity infrared sensors.

The CIM-Safe system has been reviewed by the Danish AgriBusiness insurance company, and Cimbria said it is recommended as the only solution that qualifies for a premium reduction, as the CW-4 also did.

Due to the compact and sturdy design of the die-cast aluminium sensor housing, with infrared detection sensor well-protected behind scratch resistant sapphire glass, the CIM-Safe system has been designed to offer increased protection on a wide range of equipment within the agro-industrial sector, including bucket elevators, belt conveyors, chain conveyors, transfer points/intake systems, aspiration systems, pneumatic systems and milling equipment.

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