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Incorporating Combustible Dust Controls into the Facility Design for Additive Manufacturing Processes

Jason Reason  (Director of Combustible Dust Services, SEAM Group)

Location: Booth 3441

Date: Wednesday, April 29

Time: 4:00pm - 4:45pm

Track: Center Stage

Vault Recording: TBD

The combustible metal and plastic powders used in Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes possess significant fire and explosion hazards. Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), such as fire marshals, building code officials, and others often misunderstand combustible dust hazards, misinterpret the fire and building codes, and improperly classify the building compartments as Group H-2 or H-3 High Hazard Industrial Occupancies. Improperly classifying occupancies as high hazard often leads to the implementation of expensive and unnecessary controls to mitigate incorrectly perceived hazards. Attend this presentation to learn:

  • How to incorporate controls into the AM facility design to mitigate the potential fire, deflagration, and explosion hazards associated with combustible dusts and powders
  • How to accurately classify AM processes as high hazard occupancies
  • Understand facility design elements such as allowable powder storage quantities, electrostatic bonding and grounding systems, water-based sprinkler systems, and Class II electrical area classification.
  • How DHAs inform the design of an AM facility
  • Understand the most common AM facility design mistakes that can create combustible dust hazards