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In many high risk processes, a spark can be created with alarming ease. From shredding at a waste recycling facility through to high energy processes at a timber sawmill or biomass production plant there is a multitude of ways for a tiny spark or hot particle to be created. Immediate spark detection is a must, otherwise they can go on to cause a serious fire or dust explosion.
Spark Detectors are designed to detect all infra-red radiation (within a certain frequency range) and are highly effective in areas such as dust extract systems or conveyor belts where a potential fire source (although not necessarily a flame) could occur.
Flame detectors looks for specific frequencies of UV or IR radiation to detect a flaming fire.
Spark detectors however, look only for the infra-red radiation generated by fires, sparks and glowing embers to ensure that any fire risk (whether flaming or not) is efficiently detected – even in high levels of obscuration and dense or fast-moving materials flow
Spark detectors are best used to protect against a specified risk (rather than flame detectors which are suitable for more generic use) and enable you to detect a small spark/fire before it develops into a flaming fire.
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