Industries that produce, store, or distribute flammable materials need to be aware of the risk of an explosive atmosphere being generated during normal operation. Unprotected fork lift trucks operating in such an area may cause an explosion. Pyroban Ltd is one of a number of companies that offer appropriate protection for diesel and electric trucks used within such areas, protecting the people and the site. Their products remove the sources of ignition whilst retaining the original ergonomics and performance of each vehicle, and comply with the European Directive ATEX 94/9/EC. Many electric or diesel-operated forklifts, pallet trucks, and other warehouse handling trucks from Acclaim Handling are available in explosion-proof versions. Components which could trigger sparking, such as drive components, wheels, or even lifting forks, are encapsulated, sealed, or made of highly safe materials.
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For many applications the drives themselves burn flammable fuel, which will create high temperatures in engine parts and exhausts. In trucks of this type the entire engine is fitted with explosion-proof encapsulation. The central electrics for the engine and control elements, starter battery, starter, and alternator are also isolated in a pressure-resistant manner. All forklift models are also available with optional special equipment, just like the conventional trucks. Electrically operated features such as wiper motors, working lights, or flashing indicator warning lights are also isolated to be explosion-proof.
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