Cimbria claims to have taken current grain processing technology to the next level by introducing CIM-Safe, “the most efficient spark-detection technology on the market”.
The CIM-Safe registers the glow from sparks and embers via a high-sensitivity infrared detection system, and immediately sends an alarm to the operator and shuts down the dryer, thus preventing a fire from developing.
“The grain processing market developed in the direction of fewer, but bigger, processing plants in which efficiency and reliability are key,” explained Cimbria. “In terms of maintaining productivity and profitability, it has been even more important now than ever to focus on safety equipment that ensures the safe operation of plants and detects sparks and embers as quickly as possible.
“At the same time, legislative requirements such as OSHA in North America and ATEX in Europe have forced the industry – both suppliers of equipment and processing companies – to reconsider and enhance grain processing plant safety.
“In order to comply with legislation and safeguard processing equipment, Cimbria has recently introduced the new infrared spark detection system called CIM-Safe.
“CIM-Safe is now a new safety device implemented primarily on our dryers, because the system has several advantages. It has a faster reaction compared to cable solutions, and easy installation with highly sensitive infrared sensors. Furthermore, adjustments are not necessary, i.e. the system is always engaged, regardless of whether grain is being processed.”
The CIM-Safe system has been designed to be easily integrated into equipment and connected to the local control panel, which activates an acoustic alarm and flashes on detection.
For further safety, another alarm will trigger by other major events. The later alarm could be configured by the user, and used for automatic cut-out. CIM-Safe can also be equipped with an automatic water-based high-pressure system, which acts as an effective water barrier to extinguish sparks in the event closed spaces.
“In other words, in all areas in which there is a potential risk of fire or explosion, CIM-Safe can be the solution for minimising expensive damage to equipment and (perhaps even more important) subsequent losses due to production shutdown.”