April Technical Talk : Hazardous Area Electrical Protection

Our April meeting will be presented by on April 12th from 5-7PM at the Air Products Trexlertown Campus.

Charlie Ackerman (Journeyman Electrician and former Air Products trainer ) and Shane Filer (Vice President of Sales for Neal Systems Inc (NSI) will present on the following topics: 

Hazardous Area Electrical Protection – Understanding the Pros and Cons of Intrinsic Safety, Explosion Proof, Purging / Pressurizing, and Non-Incendive Methodologies.

A light dinner will be served. All non Air Products employees must preregister in order to gain access to the Air Products site. The meeting will be held in Conference room A31G1 which is inside the Adm 3 lobby. Please register under the “Events” tab on this site.

Meeting Abstract:

Many industrial plants have areas that are classified “hazardous areas” due to explosive levels of gases, dusts and fibers. The engineers and maintenance teams that must deploy electrical panels, instrumentation and process hardware in those areas often struggle with understanding rules and application of the various protection methods that are available – explosion proof, purging / pressurizing, intrinsic safety, and non-incendive.

Topics to include:

The wrong question being asked that resulted in the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger

  • The momentum of errors / failures that caused the 2005 explosion of the BP Texas City refinery
  • A review of hazardous area definitions for Divisions and Zones
  • Pros and cons with utilizing / applying each method

Bio – Charlie Ackerman

  • Retired from Air Products after 30+ years
    • Electrical control and analytical instrumentation panel design, installation and maintenance
    • Consulting as an instructional designer, subject matter expert for technical courses and stand up instructor
    • Supervisor of Instrumentation and Electrical department within R&D, specializing in hazardous area electrical installations and OSHA 1910.331-335 Electrical Safety qualified individual instruction and certification
    • Licensed electrical contractor 40+ years
    • Former adjunct professor Northampton Community College
      • Taught basic Process Control Instrumentation and ISA 5.1 Symbology and MS Visio documentation courses
      • Developed numerous instrumentation courses for the college
      • ISA International Level:
        • Senior Life Member
        • Former ISA Executive Board member
        • District 2 Vice President
        • Image and Membership Chair
        • Student Bowl Chair
        • Former member of ISA SP-84
        • Former ISA Certified Control System Technician (CCST) test preparation instructor
        • Local ISA Level: Past President of Lehigh Valley ISA, many committee positions, and Education Chair since late 80’s.
        • Electronic Engineering degree from Ryder.

Bio – Shane Filer

  • ISA Member for 15 years (Past President of Lehigh Valley ISA)
  • 20+ years of experience with electrical panel, gas detection system, and process instrumentation design and implementation in hazardous areas utilizing explosion proof, intrinsic safety, purging and non-incendive methods
  • Process industrial instrumentation experience from companies Leeds and Northrup (L&N), Honeywell, and NSI
  • Technical Author and Presenter from 20+ industry magazines and conferences
  • Electrical Engineering degree from Grove City College


What are my parking options at the event?

All attendees from outside Air Products should enter the campus from the main entrance Gate 2 on Hamilton Blvd across from Wendys. Please park in Lot K (It is the first lot on the right after you enter Gate 2). The meeting room is on the right inside the Adm 3 main lobby.

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