The Bond-Rite® EZ is a portable device that bonds equipment to ensure they are at the same electrical potential or can be used to ground objects directly to a verified earth or via other objects that are connected to earth. The Bond-Rite EZ consists of a Bond-Rite CLAMP attached to standard or large stainless steel heavy duty clamp with 2 pole Cen-Stat™ cable.

Figure 6: In this example the truck has a verified ground connection with the Earth-Rite® RTR static grounding system.  The gravity fed metal IBC (tote) is grounded via the truck with the portable Bond-Rite® EZ.

Green for “SAFE TO GO” vs. RED for not safe to go.

Some equipment providers supply similar products that provide indication of a positive ground connection with no visual indicator. The only indication such devices provide workers with is a red LED to indicate a negative ground connection. On two counts it’s worth noting that operators prefer a GREEN for “SAFE TO GO” mode of operation. Secondly, how does the operator know if the device is in fact grounding the equipment? It will be virtually impossible for the operator to know, during a process or manual handling operation, if the system is actually grounding the equipment or if the battery, that powers the red indicator when it is not connected to ground, has simply run out of power.

Summary

Now in its 15th year since its launch the Bond-Rite family of grounding and bonding solutions provide product specifiers with a cost effective option that enhances the safety of processes at risk at discharging electrostatic parks. The range of installation and portable options provided by the flexibility of the Bond-Rite means specifiers can virtually match the installation and operating requirements of everyday EX/HAZLOC operations. Most importantly the green for “SAFE TO GO” principle is the clearest message that workers can have to proceed with an operation or process that could be a static ignition risk.

a32-bond-rite-clampBond-Rite® CLAMP

  • Patented static grounding clamp with green LED indicator and grounding circuit mounted in a rugged stainless steel clamp.
  • Attention grabbing green LED pulses continuously indicating a continuous connection to ground.
  • LED positioned in ideal position for operator to verify a good ground connection.
  • Replaceable 9V battery.
  • Simple installation.
  • Can be operated in all EX and HAZLOC areas.
a32-bond-rite-remoteBond-Rite® REMOTE

  • Wall mounted indicator station with heavy duty stainless steel 2 pole standard and large sized grounding clamps.
  • Ideal for processes (e.g. coatings mixing) where product has the potential to obscure the LED on the Bond-Rite® CLAMP.
  • Attention grabbing green LED pulses continuously indicating a continuous connection to ground.
  • Battery operated version can be installed and running in less than an hour.
  • Replaceable 9V battery.
  • Can be operated in all EX and HAZLOC areas.
  • Indicator station available in static dissipative GRP and stainless steel.
a32-bond-rite-remote-epBond-Rite® REMOTE (EP)

  • Wall mounted indicator station with heavy duty stainless steel 2 pole standard and large size grounding clamps.
  • 230 V AC / 115 V AC power supply that can be mounted in Zone 2/21 and Class I, II, III / Div. 2 atmospheres.
  • The EP version powers up to 10 individual indicator stations meaning 10 individual pieces of plant equipment can be grounded simultaneously.
  • Attention grabbing green LEDs pulse continuously indicating a continuous connection to ground.
  • Ideal for processes where the production process is intensive and equipment requires continuous ground verification for periods lasting longer than 6 hours per day.
  • Can be operated in all EX and HAZLOC areas.
  • Indicator station available in static dissipative GRP and stainless steel.
a32-bond-rite-ezBond-Rite® EZ

  • A portable bonding verification device consisting of a Bond-Rite® CLAMP attached to standard or large stainless steel heavy duty clamp with 2 pole Cen-Stat cable.
  • Ideal for bonding portable equipment.
  • Attention grabbing green LED pulses continuously indicating a continuous connection bond between portable equipment.
  • Replaceable 9V battery.
  • Can be operated in all EX and HAZLOC areas.
a32-two-pole-clampTwo Pole Clamps and Cable

  • FM / ATEX certified static grounding clamps compatible with all Bond-Rite® REMOTE and Bond-Rite® EZ.
  • VESX90-IP large clamp ideal for connecting to large objects like railcars and IBCs.
  • VESX45-IP standard clamp ideal for clamping onto 205 litre (1 gallon) drums and smaller containers.
  • System of quick connects enable connection of different lengths of 2 pole Cen-Stat cable, supplied in standard lengths of 3m, 5m, 10m and 15m.
Mike O'Brien

Author Details:
Mike O’Brien, Managing Director for Newson Gale

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