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Jason Reason (Director of Combustible Dust Services, SEAM Group)
Location: Booth 3441
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Track: Center Stage
Vault Recording: TBD
The combustible metal and plastic powders used in Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes pose significant fire and explosion hazards. Unfortunately, these hazards are frequently overlooked by not only the facilities who use these powders, but also the manufacturers of the 3-D printers and other AM equipment. Because of their complexity, these hazards continue to be overlooked and combustible dust incidents and near misses have occurred in AM processes and equipment. The Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) is the only way to thoroughly identify and assess these complex combustible dust hazards. When performed correctly, the DHA brings these overlooked hazards out of the shadows and provides specific techniques to mitigate these hazards. Some of the most common inadequately identified or missed hazards often seen during AM DHAs will also be discussed.