Fixed and Portable Safety Rodding Devices For Process Plants
Operational SAFETY is now of significant importance for all of the process manufacturing
industries and improving the safety on a plant is an objective of both design engineers
and plant management. When a blockage occurs on a plant, which can be for a variety
of reasons, it is exceedingly DANGEROUS to aflempt to clear the blockage by removing
items of plant or opening a valve to atmosphere to clear the blockage. The usual
safe action is to shut down the plant and clear the blocked section of plant and
bulk material before attempting to clear the blockage.
BLACKFlVE ENGINEERINGcan offer an alternative to this to clear the blockage without
necessarily shutting down the plant.
The Company is the leading UK manufacturer of Sample valves and sampling systems
with great emphasis on operational safety. Several years ago the Company commenced
manufacture of Safety Rodding Devices of the fixed variety, principally for the base
of vessels, where the bottom valve was a vital element of the plant and it was necessary
to reliably discharge the contents of the vessel.
It is well known that flush type valves are very expensive and not as mechanically
reliable as ball valves whereas ball valves are prone to blockages due to the dead
space between the vessel wall and the actual ball. However a combination of a ball
valve and a Blackfive Rodding Device is an ideal combination for some processes at
a much lower cost.
As a result of requests from many customers in the process industries Blackfive Engineering
commenced the manufacture of PORTABLE Rodding Devices.