Pyroban's Gascheka Zone 3
Safety company Pyroban has noted growing demand for active gas detection on an increasing number of LPG forklifts used in areas close to Zone 2.
"LPG remains a popular fuel choice for many forklift truck fleet managers," says Darren Boiling, European technical sales manager for Pyroban. "But we are finding that LPG trucks are used in many yards and storage areas on sites where flammable material is being processed or stored."
These LPG trucks, and other LPG-powered equipment, are often used in areas that are deemed "non-hazardous" under the ATEX Directive, as they fall outside of formally classified Zone 1 or Zone 2 hazardous areas where a release of gas or vapour could occur in normal operation.
"These 'non-hazardous' areas adjacent to Zone 2 may still present explosion risks because a gas or vapour released under pressure does not recognise boundaries such as a line or warning sign," Boiling explains. "LPG trucks and equipment are an obvious ignition source and it is possible for ignition to originate on vehicles in these unclassified areas."
For these situations, Pyroban offers an ancillary gas detection solution, Gascheka Zone 3, that can be fitted to any brand or type of diesel, electric or LPG equipment.
If Gascheka Zone 3 detects a gas or vapour release, an audible and visual warning will alert the operator or driver so that the issue can be investigated and rectified. If the gas level increases to a higher level, the detector will safely shut off the ignition electrical system.