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What Are Non-Sparking Tools?

23rd. August, 2021
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What are non-sparking tools?

Non-sparking tools are hand tools, which are made of materials (usually copper alloys) that give them special non-sparking characteristics.

This feature ensures that these tools will not produce high-temperature sparks. Ordinary steel tools made of chrome vanadium alloy and iron alloy can emit frictional sparks. These sparks can achieve higher temperatures and have the potential to ignite flammable gases and steam. Non-sparking tools may emit cold sparks with very low heat which cannot ignite a flammable atmosphere of gas.


Where should we use them?

Non-sparking tools should be used in any location where an atmosphere of flammable gas can or does form.


Choose the right tool:

Different hand tools are designed for different applications. Choosing the right non-sparking tool for your application is the most important step for any company. Although this sounds obvious, we have seen many users purchasing incorrect tools for their applications. When these tools are put into use, end-users will face some challenges and mistakenly believe that the tools cannot be executed. We have been helping our customers to match the right tools to their work. In many cases, if the standard tools cannot meet the requirements, we will develop customized tool solutions. This ensures that non-sparking tools are used in the workplace, thereby ensuring safety.


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How to use non-sparking tools correctly?

Once you have matched the correct tools for your application, it is equally important to understand the limitations of each tool. In the case of standard hand tools, they are designed for a specific purpose, and if they are used elsewhere, they will cause misuse. For example, a double-ended wrench can only be operated by hand. Hammering a double-ended wrench or using a pipe to increase leverage and apply greater torque are 2 applications for which it is not designed and is a gross misuse of the tool. Similarly, using a screwdriver or wrench as a hammer is also serious abuse. All of this indicates that the right tool is not suitable for your application and that the tool has been misused to "get the job done." This will lead to a significant reduction in the performance and life of the tool, and at the same time greatly increase the safety risk.

The lack of non-sparking tools in the industry has led to many accidents. Several case studies have determined that friction sparks from hand tools can cause fires. Plant operators and maintenance personnel need to follow the following three steps to reduce the risk of fire:

Correctly identify and designate flammable areas

Choose the right set of hand tools for the applications in the area

Ensure that the operator uses the tools correctly. This three-step process will greatly improve the safety of your plant

We are Non-sparking hand tools suppliers. Please feel free to contact us if you need or want to know about non-sparking hand tools or other products.