GSE Dispensing introduces IECEx-certified solvent dispensing solutions for flexo and gravure inks


Anne Lourens, managing director of GSE Dispensing, at drupa 2016
Anne Lourens, managing director of GSE Dispensing, at drupa 2016

GSE Dispensing B.V., a leading ink logistics provider based in Brummen, The Netherlands, has introduced grounding solutions that enable safe dispensing of solvent flexo and gravure inks for packaging and labels. This new safety option enables users of flammable inks to enjoy the benefits of colour on-demand and substantially higher ink yields with greatly reduced risk of fire and explosion.

The earth clamp, secured inside the bucket and connected by wire to the ground, conducts static electricity from containers and inks. Dispensing is prevented from occurring if the earth clamp is not connected properly. This eliminates the risk of sparks that can lead to explosions when highly flammable vapours are present in the atmosphere. Providing a level of safety beyond standard requirements, the clamping system also features an alarm light that flashes when the quick connector is not connected properly to the drum.

The introduction coincides with GSE Dispensing’s achievement of IECEx explosion-proof certification for its dispensing components. IECEx is the International Electrotechnical Commission system for certification to standards relating to equipment for use in explosive atmosphere.