Intrinsic Safety - All about Explosion Protection using Intrinsically Safe devices

Introduction

Welcome to the first website on the internet that is designed only for those interested in Intrinsic Safety! We are sure that you will find a lot of useful information here that will help you design your system. This new protection technique is said to be a little hard to learn at first, because you need to be familiar with various concepts, such as the Entity Concept, capacitance and inductance of connecting cables and so on, but we are sure that we will be able to provide you with this knowledge in easy to understand ways. This technique is used in hazardous areas to prevent them from igniting up and causing explosions and fires. Note that hazardous areas in our engineering terminology means specific locations of plants and industrial facilities that have flammable or explosive vapor or gas (or even dust mixtures) present. It does not mean dangerous in the colloquial sense of the word. Thus when we refer to hazardous areas, we refer to these specific areas only.

Industrial Intrinsic safety

Now coming to Intrinsic Safety, it is one among many techniques used to protect the above hazardous areas from having disasters. The other techniques you may already be familiar with, such as Explosionproof, Flameproof, Increased Safety, Pressurization and Purging and so on. However this particular technique is unique as it is focused on prevention.

About this site

You can browse this site for more information about this technique that can sometimes be rather difficult to understand. But have no fear! You can get all the basic information here for free.  Take a look at the Menu above where you will find different pages dedicated to different aspects such as Zener Barriers, Isolators, Tutorials and so on.

This protection technique has become very popular in the last few years for Instrumentation & Control Systems equipment that is used in Hazardous Areas. Since there are now several plants that use Fieldbus technology and a lot of Intrinsically Safe Systems can be compatible very easily with this technology must be why its adoption rate is much higher than other techniques such as Explosion Proof and Increased Safety.

Where to get detailed information, training and certification about Intrinsic Safety

If you would like to know more about Intrinsic Safety and how it can be used in real world Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control Systems, then you can get a training course on Intrinsic safety and get certified too!