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Case Studies

DaqPRO – Helps pyrotechnic producers satisfy international safety standards


Customer’s Last Word:
“A trusted solution that can stand-alone in extreme testing conditions.”
Fourtec China Distributor

The Chinese pyrotechnics export market holds very high growth potential. However, since 2003 the Chinese fireworks industry has faced intense global scrutiny following a series of explosions in fireworks factories. This has led to the introduction of strict health and safety regulations on a governmental and international scale.

Application: Pyrotechnic

Organization: China National Key Laboratory for Pyrotechnic Testing


Background:
The Chinese pyrotechnics export market holds very high growth potential. However, since 2003 the Chinese fireworks industry has faced intense global scrutiny following a series of explosions in fireworks factories. This has led to the introduction of strict health and safety regulations on a governmental and international scale.

About the Customer:
Situated in Hunan province this official body plays a key role in defining national safety standards in manufacture, acceptance checks, sales, transportation and storage of fireworks.


Key Customer Challenges:

  • International safety specifications, such as the Health and Safety Executive of the European Commission require constant data monitoring fireworks production, storage and transportation. 
  • A trusted reporting system producing current and historical data was needed to restore the name of the Chinese pyrotechnics industry both at home and abroad.
  • Pyrotechnic working environments function in volatile conditions. To ensure safe working procedures a system for data collection must be able to stand alone and record data automatically at high temperatures.


DaqPRO Implementation:


In order to test the pyrotechnic materials under different storage and working conditions, a number of heat flux sensors and type T thermocouple sensor are connected to the DaqPRO. The heat flux and temperature are measured in sync. The DaqPRO allows on-screen editing so comments can be made next to collected data. Reports are then printed for the various governing bodies and to accompany export.

Measurable Results:

  • Satisfying international safety regulations – Producing quality inspection reports, with annotated comments by data display indicating official recommendations.
  • Stand alone in extreme testing conditions – allowing for the measurement of very high temperatures of up to 400 ˚C via the type T thermocouple sensor. In addition, heat flux sensors can be kept at least one meter from the pyrotechnical material.
  • Establish safety parameters – verifying at what point the fireworks combust so that the safety levels of the pyrotechnical materials could be verified while stored on supermarket shelves or in shipment.

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