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Our Non Sparking Hand Tools are made of high grade aluminum bronze (not ferrous alloy) to protect our customers anywhere there is an explosion hazard. In environments where flammable liquids or gases may be present, you can count on Botou's products.

Even in areas where magnetism is an issue, Botou's tools are the right choice. One hundred percent antimagnetic and extremely corrosion resistant, this line represents the highest level of quality and safety for everyday work.


As you may already know, there are many highly specified tools for different types of work. Wrenches, screwdrivers, torches, pipe alignment clamps, the list goes on, there is always a tool to get the job done. One type of tool is made differently than the others. So, what are non-sparking tools and what are they made of?


What are Non Sparking Hand Tools?

This type of Hand Tools are made of non-ferrous metals, which means they are an alloy that does not contain iron. They have two unique properties. First, Non Sparking Hand Tools, as the name implies, are non-sparking. This makes them ideal for work involving flammable conditions. The second unique property, again due to the absence of iron, is that they are also non-magnetic tools. These tools make it possible to work on hospital equipment such as MRI machines.


What are non-sparking tools made of?

These great tools are made of several different alloys.


Not only are plastic tools at the top of everyone's "must have" list, but they are definitely non-magnetic and they never spark.

Beryllium copper is the strongest and hardest copper alloy, with a tensile strength of 1280-1480 MPa. beryllium copper tools are essential for the toughest jobs.

Brass tools are more expensive, they are durable, and they have an aesthetic luster. These tools will stain, but this does not diminish their quality.

Bronze is electrically conductive, but does not produce sparks. These tools have a long history in mechanical engineering and combat and are an excellent addition to any tool kit.

Aluminum Bronze A lightweight alternative to many of the heavier copper-based alloys. While not as strong as beryllium blends, this alloy can hold its own.


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There will be many projects that require you to work in highly flammable areas or on magnetic equipment that could pull tools out of your hands. If you are interested in obtaining one of these tools, please contact us for more information.


Non Sparking Hand Tools

What is a "non-sparking" tool?

"Non-sparking", "spark reduction", "fire resistant" or "fireproof" tools are the names of tools made of brass, bronze The name for tools made from metals such as brass, monel metal (copper-nickel alloy), copper-aluminum alloy (aluminum bronze), or copper-beryllium alloy (beryllium bronze).


Commonly used hand tools are usually made of steel alloys. Preferred "non-sparking" metals have lower tensile strengths than the steel typically used to make tools. The lower tensile strength means that the metal has less strength or tear resistance when stretched under test conditions. This also means that these tools are softer, wear faster, and must be trimmed more frequently than ordinary steel tools.


What is the most important thing to understand about "non-sparking" tools?

Non-sparking tools also produce sparks, sometimes called "cold sparks". These cold sparks are so low in heat that they do not ignite carbon disulfide, the lowest ignition point of any substance known to man. Therefore, while "non-sparking" tools may reduce the risk of sparking, they do not eliminate the possibility of sparking. The name "non-sparking" is misleading because these tools can produce sparks: the term "spark reduction tools" better describes these tools.


Non-metals such as wood, leather and plastic are suitable for tools such as shovels, scrapers or spatulas and do not pose a frictional spark hazard.


OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) have issued many standards and recommendations for the use of non-sparking tools in hazardous environments.


Note: It is important to carefully evaluate each situation and use the appropriate tool for the hazard present. In some cases, "non-sparking" tools may still be able to produce sparks. Contact the tool manufacturer and the manufacturer of the flammable material (for example) for advice and more information.


What are the hazards of "sparking" and "non-sparking" tools?

Both "sparking" and "non-sparking" materials can cause ignition. Two types of hazards are associated with tools made of either material.


Frictional ignition, collision with each other or with other materials such as steel or concrete, where "ordinary" (mechanical or frictional) sparks are produced. All tools can ignite flammable mixtures through sparks generated by friction or impact. However, this is only true if the sparks produced are flammable: this means that the sparks must have sufficient heat content (i.e., sufficient mass and high enough temperature) and must last long enough to heat a combustible air-vapor mixture above its temperature. ignition temperature. This is more likely to occur in the case of sparks forming when using a metal grinder, where sparks are generated when a hammer strikes certain metals.

Ignition by chemically generated sparks, caused by the collision between certain metals and certain oxygen-containing substances such as rust, i.e. iron oxide.


How should you use and maintain "non-sparking" tools?

Follow these guidelines to reduce the risk of explosion and fire.


Ensure that all "non-sparking" tools are kept clean and free of iron or other contaminants that may interfere with the non-sparking characteristics.

Do not use non-sparking hand tools that are in direct contact with acetylene, which can form explosive acetylenes, especially in wet conditions.

Use local or mechanical ventilation systems to remove hazardous materials, dust and vapors from the workplace, as appropriate.

Follow normal safety procedures when sharpening non-sparking tools, such as providing eye and face protection, adequate extraction and dust removal facilities.


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