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Martin Engineering products attain EAC Certification

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Martin Engineering has gained the EAC Mark of Conformity (Eurasian Conformity Mark) for the export of conveyor products and material flow aids, including the company’s full line of impact cradles, belt cleaners, sealing systems, air cannons and sonic horns. The important certification allows the Martin Engineering business units in Germany and Russia to offer the company’s extensive product family to the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) and assures that the equipment is compliant with the EAC’s strict safety and quality standards. This will provide companies in the region with safe and efficient components for improving productivity, controlling fugitive material and clearing accumulation in chutes, silos, kilns and ductwork in a variety of material handling applications, such as mining, coal, cement, biomass, aggregate and fly ash.

The EAC approval is in accordance with the February 2013 agreement between the member states of the Customs Union that unified certification requirements for machinery and equipment. According to Russian Division Branch Manager, Oleg Meister, “the EAC Mark of Conformity is essential in order to sell and install bulk material handling components in the three member countries. It will be instrumental in assuring ready availability and reasonable lead times.”

Martin Engineering has built its line of conveyor products with a commitment to making bulk handling equipment cleaner, safer and more productive. The company specializes in solutions for difficult applications, such as today’s longer, faster and more heavily-loaded belts. Components are designed to mitigate severe impacts and direct the energy of a fast-moving load to control spillage and minimise dust, reducing risks and wasted clean-up time while improving overall system efficiency.

Also designed for durability under extreme conditions are flow aids, such as Martin Air Cannons, which are becoming the technology of choice for industries across the six continents the company serves. Powerful shots of air dislodge adhered solids and fines from vessel walls, ductwork and components, introducing the material back into the process flow. The rugged construction of the air cannons is well suited for harsh operating conditions, including extreme process heat and ambient temperatures as low as -50°C (-58°F).

To facilitate setup and use, Martin Engineering has confirmed that all certifications and documentation will be provided in the Russian language. Customers will be able to purchase air cannons from Martin Engineering Europe, allowing export to Russia.

The company’s products previously achieved TR CU (formerly GOST) certification (technical standards for products marketed in the three countries, similar to UL in the US or CE in Europe). “Throughout the region, companies are seeking more efficient, safe and profitable ways to run their operations,” Meister observed. “Technical advances that improve productivity and reduce risks have been of particular interest.”

Reducing workplace risk is a focus of the EAC Mark of Conformity, assuring the “safety of machinery and equipment,” particularly when “used in an explosive atmosphere,” such as the many types of cramped spaces filled with volatile dust found in bulk handling systems. Preventing clogs and piling by keeping material flowing is key to safe operation and to avoiding the need for workers to enter chutes to perform unpleasant and potentially dangerous maintenance.

“Effective flow systems are essential to the work of trying to improve the operations of bulk material handling,” Meister concluded. “This certification allows us to offer more complete and versatile solutions that could help make systems across the region safer, while at the same time reducing operating costs.”

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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