Explosion-proof cameras are essential to the safety of combustible workplaces. Monitoring equipment helps reduce exposure to volatile compounds and hazardous parts of the facility, such as elevated walkways, storage tanks, and entry/exit points of confined spaces. For the plant supervisor, the fire protection camera acts as an additional "eye" - it never tires, is always on and performs monitoring tasks in an error-free manner. These capabilities help improve operational efficiency in the field while providing peace of mind for those on the front lines performing hands-on tasks, from welding and inspections to installing equipment in hard-to-reach areas of buildings.
Explosion proof cameras are protected by non-sparking materials and are capable of containing an ignition device within the device. For reliability, the unit is typically protected by a stainless steel or copper-free aluminum enclosure that is NEMA rated for protection from outdoor elements such as water mist, moisture, corrosion, oil, dust, and external icing. Applications for intrinsically safe handheld camera vary widely, as the units can be used as permanent surveillance equipment, fixed to a wall or ceiling, or used in a hand-held, portable fashion. Regardless of its application, the core function of a camera is to generate a sharp image of the area of interest.
2. Explosion-proof cameras are used to monitor industrial sites
Industrial buildings are known to house large and heavy machines, as well as store large quantities of materials for processing or production. It is in the best interests of businesses to keep a close eye on these investments, such as drilling rigs and military communications systems. By installing a set of explosion-proof cameras around the site, the operator can properly assess the area for abnormalities, mischief, etc. Additionally, with 24/7 monitoring, individuals can respond quickly to situations and incidents, minimizing injury and equipment damage. Documentation of incidents and accidents in combustible facilities is important because it allows for an unbiased assessment of the situation. Additionally, it allows businesses to maintain accurate records of activities in buildings.
3. Explosion-proof cameras are used in safe and confined spaces
In flammable sites, accidents often occur in isolated areas that lack supporting infrastructure, including pipelines and outdoor towers. In some cases, inaccessible areas such as sewers, walkway openings, narrow tunnels, underground yards, storage tanks and waste storage rooms can only accommodate 1 or 2 operators. Therefore, deploying aircrew or applying a "buddy system" to improve safety is not feasible. Explosion-proof cameras can be used to provide double the safety of operators in confined spaces. While workers are performing tasks, individuals may be carefully observing the surrounding area from a safe, remote location.