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Self-Testing and Indicating Static Controls

Self-Testing and Indicating Static Controls for Safe Grounding & Bonding

Ground metal drums, IBC containers, rail tank cars, and mobile process equipment in hazardous locations

PROBLEM: fires and explosions can result from electrostatic discharge in hazardous areas. Even relatively small sparks have sufficient energy to ignite many flammable vapours, gases, and airborne dusts. Where this risk exists, static grounding and bonding clamps are required wherever mobile or portable conductive plant items such as drums and vessels are used. It is necessary for the clamp to make a low resistance connection to enable static charges to be safely dissipated to ground before the energy available for discharge builds up to dangerous levels.

Most drums, containers and other equipment have coated surfaces from new, then often suffer build up of further insulating layers such as paint, resins, adhesives and sunstances inherent to the process environment. Tests have shown that ordinary grounding clamps often indicate very high resistance readings when clamped onto conductive objects with insulating surfaces. This may result in the clamp being physically attached in the eyes of the operator, but not actually dissipating static electricity safely. SOLUTION: Bond-Rite & Earth-Rite self testing and indicating grounding clamps, cables and monitors.

Photo of man using a Bond-Rite clamp to ground a steel drum in a hazardous location

Photo of a Bond-Rite Clamp with flashing LED

Bond-Rite® CLAMP

  • Simple to use
  • Intrinsically safe: FM, CSA, ATEX
  • Pulsing green LED indication
  • Battery operated
  • Water & dust tight
  • Rugged stainless steel clamp body
  • Tungsten carbide teeth
  • Unique clamping action
  • Quick disconnect for battery change
  • Junction box with clamp stowage pin

Photo of a Bond-Rite Clamp installation in a hazardous locationThe revolutionary design of the Bond-Rite CLAMP provides enhanced safety and security by continuously testing the connection of the clamp to the container or other conductive item of plant, and providing the operator with visual verification. The sensing circuit itself meets intrinsic safety codes. The Bond-Rite CLAMP is supplied with a dual conductor cable, junction box, clamp stowage pin, and ground leads. The intrinsically safe monitoring circuit electronics and battery are contained within the clamp. The quick disconnect allows the clamp to be easily removed for battery replacement in a non-classified area. Tungsten carbide tips bite through coatings and rust to achieve good electrical connection. Note: grounding bus-bar shown in illustration at right is not supplied.

Mark of Factory Mutual approvalMark of certification to CSA standardsMark of certification to ATEX Directive 94/9/EC

Bond-Rite CLAMP Basic Specification

Approvals & Certification Factory Mutual: Cl I Div 1&2 Grps A-D T4; Cl II Div 2 Grps E,F,G; Cl III; T4 CSA: Cl I Div 1&2 Grps A-D T4; Cl II Div 2 Grps E,F,G; Cl III; T4 ATEX: II 1 GD EEx ia IIC T4
Clamp Body material: 304 stainless steel Contact points: two, tungsten carbide Jaw opening: 1″ max.
Cable Hytrel coated spiral dual conductor cables in various lengths. Fitted with in-line quick-connects to facilitate battery replacement (in non-classified location).
Monitored Resistance 10 ohms upper limit.
Status Indication Flashing green LED indicates a satisfactory connection.
Battery 9V lithium manganese ULTRALIFE U9VL-J (included).
Battery Life Up to 6 months with equipment grounded for an average of 6 hours per day.
Ingress Protection NEMA 4X

Bond-Rite CLAMP Available Models

BRC03 Bond-Rite CLAMP + 3 meter / 10 feet Hytrel Blue 2 Core spiral cable + Junction box c/w stowage pin + Quick connect
BRC05 Bond-Rite CLAMP + 5 meter / 16 feet Hytrel Blue 2 Core spiral cable + Junction box c/w stowage pin + Quick connect
BRC10 Bond-Rite CLAMP + 10 meter / 32 feet Hytrel Blue 2 Core spiral cable + Junction box c/w stowage pin + Quick connect

Bond-Rite® EZ Grounding Cable

Illustration of a Bond-Rite EZ portable self testing grounding cord being used in a hazardous areaPhoto of a Bond-Rite EZ self testing portable anti-static grounding cord

  • Portable double-ended bonding cable
  • Simple to use
  • Intrinsically safe: CSA, ATEX & IECEx
  • Pulsing green LED indication
  • Battery operated
  • Water & dust tight
  • Rugged stainless steel clamps with tungsten carbide teeth
  • Unique clamping action
  • Hytrel spiral cable with quick disconnects for clamps

Mark of certification to IECEx standards.Mark of certification to CSA standardsMark of certification to ATEX Directive 94/9/EC
The Bond-Rite EZ provides a portable self-testing bonding solution for those times when liquid or powder transfers need to take place and no permanent grounding monitor is available. The unique Bond-Rite CLAMP is combined with a Hytrel protected spiral cord and secondary clamp to create a reliable bond between mobile equipment and a metal structural ground. Tungsten carbide tips bite through paint, rust, and other surface deposits. The intrinsically safe monitoring circuit electronics and battery are contained within the primary clamp. Quick disconnects allows the clamp to be easily removed for battery replacement in a non-classified area. Note: ground rod shown in illustration above is not supplied.

Bond-Rite EZ Basic Specification

Approvals & Certification Factory Mutual: Cl I Div 1&2 Grps A-D T4; Cl II Div 2 Grps E,F,G; Cl III; T4 CSA: Cl I Div 1&2 Grps A-D T4; Cl II Div 2 Grps E,F,G; Cl III; T4 ATEX: II 1 GD EEx ia IIC T4
Clamps Nominal size: 9″ / 237mm heavy duty (X90-IP), or 4.7″ / 120mm medium duty (X45-IP) Body material: 304 stainless steel Contact points: two per clamp, tungsten carbide Jaw opening: 1″ max.
Cable Hytrel coated spiral dual conductor cables in various lengths. Fitted with in-line quick-connects to facilitate battery replacement (in non-classified location).
Monitored Resistance 10 ohms upper limit.
Status Indication Flashing green LED indicates a satisfactory connection.
Battery 9V lithium manganese ULTRALIFE U9VL-J (included).
Battery Life Up to 6 months with equipment grounded for an average of 6 hours per day.
Ingress Protection NEMA 4X
Bond-Rite EZ Available Models
BREZ05/IPX45 Bond-Rite EZ + 5 meter / 16 feet Hytrel Blue 2 Core spiral cable + X45-IP medium duty clamps
BREZ05/IPX90 Bond-Rite EZ + 5 meter / 16 feet Hytrel Blue 2 Core spiral cable + X90-IP heavy duty clamps
BREZ010/IPX90 Bond-Rite EZ + 10 meter / 32 feet Hytrel Blue 2 Core spiral cable + X90-IP heavy duty clamps

 

 

Illustration of a Bond-Rite Remote steel drum grounding installation in a hazardous location

Bond-Rite® REMOTE Grounding System

  • Self testing system
  • Easy to use
  • Intrinsically safe: CSA, ATEX, IECEx
  • Pulsing green LED indication on wall mounted electronics enclosure.
  • Stainless steel clamps with tungsten carbide teeth
  • Monitor incorporates stowage pin
  • Quick release cable connection
  • Battery powered for stand alone use
  • Choice of SDP or stainless steel enclosure
  • NEMA 4X / IP65

Mark of approval by CSA for use in the US and CanadaMark of certification to IECEx standardsMark of certification to ATEX Directive 94/9/EC

The Bond-Rite REMOTE provides visual verification of successful grounding at a wall mounted enclosure instead of at the clamp itself. These stand alone installations are battery powered, providing up to six months operation with an average usage of six hours per day. There’s a choice of stainless steel clamps in two sizes, and the monitor can be ordered with either a static dissipative polymer (SDP) or stainless steel (SS) housing.

Photo of Bond-Rite ground clamps used for static control in hazardous locationsA word on grounding clamps: Regular welding type clamps are not designed to cut through drum coatings and contaminating deposits. In contrast, these FM approved and ATEX certified clamps are tested for:

  • Clamp pressure
  • Electrical continuity
  • High frequency vibration
  • Mechanical pull
  • Sources of mechanical sparking

Bond-Rite REMOTE Basic Specification

Approvals & Certification CSA (CUS): Cl I, Div 1, Grps ABCD; Cl II, Div 1, Grps EFG: Cl III Div 1 ATEX & IECEx: Ex II 1 GD; Ex ia IIC T4 Ga; Ex ta IIC T74°C Da
Clamps Body material: 304 stainless steel Contact points: two, tungsten carbide Body length: 9″/235mm (Heavy duty X90-IP); 4.7″/120mm (Medium duty X45-IP)
Cable Hytrel coated spiral dual conductor cables in various lengths. Fitted with in-line quick-connects.
Monitored Resistance 10 ohms upper limit.
Status Indication Flashing green LED indicates a satisfactory connection.
Battery 9V lithium manganese ULTRALIFE U9VL-J (included). Battery life: Up to 6 months with equipment grounded for an average of 6 hours per day.
Enclosure Material Choice of static dissipative polyester (SDP), or stainless steel
Ingress Protection NEMA 4X / IP65
Ambient Temperature -40°F to +140°F / -40°C to +60°C
Options Alternative cable lengths, cable reels, sunlight hood for REMOTE module.

Bond-Rite REMOTE Available Models with SDP Enclosure

CSA (CUS): BRRPUB1B2 Bond-Rite REMOTE (SDP) + X45IP (medium duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
CSA (CUS): BRRPUB2A2 Bond-Rite REMOTE (SDP) + X90IP (heavy duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
ATEX/IECEx:BRRPEB1B2 Bond-Rite REMOTE (SDP) + X45IP (medium duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
ATEX/IECEx:BRRPEB2A2 Bond-Rite REMOTE (SDP) + X90IP (heavy duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
Add suffix /H Stainless steel sunlight hood for REMOTE enclosure

Bond-Rite REMOTE Available Models with Stainless Steel Enclosure

CSA (CUS): BRRMUB1B2 Bond-Rite REMOTE (SS) + X45IP (medium duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
CSA (CUS): BRRMUB2A2 Bond-Rite REMOTE (SS) + X90IP (heavy duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
ATEX/IECEx:BRRMEB1B2 Bond-Rite REMOTE (SS) + X45IP (medium duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
ATEX/IECEx:BRRMEB2A2 Bond-Rite REMOTE (SS) + X90IP (heavy duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
Add suffix /H Stainless steel sunlight hood for REMOTE enclosure

 

Bond-Rite® REMOTE ‘EP’ Grounding System

  • Multiple stations share a common I.S. power supply from AC line source
  • Individual self testing systems
  • Up to ten stations possible
  • Same performance set as battery powered version
The Bond-Rite REMOTE EP provides economical monitoring of up to ten stations using a common AC powered supply module. Also recommended when a single or small number of stations require continuous monitoring without concern for battery life. In other respects the performance of the REMOTE EP monitor is identical to the battery operated version above, with the same choice of grounding clamps and materials for the monitor enclosure. The power supply module comes with a dissipative polymer (SDP) housing and can be installed in either a Division 2 hazardous location or an unclassified area.
REMOTE EP Power Supply Specifications
CSA (CUS) Approval Cl I, Div 2, Grps ABCD; Cl II, Div 2, Grps EFG: Cl III Div 2
ATEX & IECEx Certification Ex II 3(1) G; Ex II 2 D; Ex nA [ia] IIC T4 Gc (Ga); Extb IIC T70°C Db
Power Source 110/120 or 220/240V AC, 50-60 Hz
Enclosure Material Static dissipative polyester (SDP)
Ingress Protection NEMA 4X / IP66
Ambient Temp. -13°F to +131°F / -25°C to +55°C

Bond-Rite REMOTE EP Available Models with SDP Enclosure
CSA (CUS): BRRPUP1B2 Bond-Rite REMOTE EP (SDP) + X45IP (medium duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
CSA (CUS): BRRPUP2A2 Bond-Rite REMOTE EP (SDP) + X90IP (heavy duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
ATEX/IECEx: BRRPEP1B2 Bond-Rite REMOTE EP (SDP) + X45IP (medium duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
ATEX/IECEx: BRRPEP2A2 Bond-Rite REMOTE EP (SDP) + X90IP (heavy duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
Add suffix /H Stainless steel sunlight hood for REMOTE EP enclosure
ER/UPS/AC Universal Power Supply for powering Bond-Rite REMOTE EP, 110/120 or 220/240V AC, 50-60 Hz
Bond-Rite REMOTE EP Available Models with Stainless Steel Enclosure
CSA (CUS): BRRMUP1B2 Bond-Rite REMOTE EP (SS) + X45IP (medium duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
CSA (CUS): BRRMUP2A2 Bond-Rite REMOTE EP (SS) + X90IP (heavy duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
ATEX/IECEx: BRRMEP1B2 Bond-Rite REMOTE EP (SS) + X45IP (medium duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
ATEX/IECEx: BRRMEP2A2 Bond-Rite REMOTE EP (SS) + X90IP (heavy duty) + 5 meter / 16 feet retractable Cen-Stat™ cable
Add suffix /H Stainless steel sunlight hood for REMOTE EP enclosure
ER/UPS/AC Universal Power Supply for powering Bond-Rite REMOTE EP, 110/120 or 220/240V AC, 50-60 Hz

 

 

Photo of an Earth-Rite PLUS static control monitor and ground clamp used in hazardous locationsIllustration of an Earth-Rite PLUS static control monitor used to ground a rail tank car in a hazardous locationEarth-Rite® PLUS™ Monitor

  • Confirms low resistance static path to designated grounding point
  • Includes interlock control contact
  • Red/green LED status indication
  • Meets NFPA 77 recommended practice
  • Intrinsically safe
  • CSA US and Canadian approvals
  • ATEX and IECEx certification
  • Easy to install & operate

Illustration of an Earth-Rite PLUS static control monitor used to ground an IBC container in a hazardous locationThe Earth-Rite PLUS is perfect for rail tank car and IBC material transfer applications where it monitors the static ground path down to an acceptably low level according to international static control standards. The system interlock control only becomes permissive when this condition is within correct parameters, thereby preventing the accumulation of a dangerous electrostatic charge. Bright GO/NO-GO LEDs confirm the ground connection condition to the operator, while the internal voltage free switch contacts may be interlocked with pumps, valves, alarms etc. For applications involving road tanker trucks, a special tri-mode version of the Earth-Rite PLUS is available— More information here…

Options include self-retracting cable reel (in place of spiral cable), and a choice of AC or DC power supplies.

Earth-Rite PLUS Basic Specification
Approvals & Certification CSA US & Canada: Cl I Div 1 Grps A-D; Cl II Div 1 Grps E,F,G; Cl III Div 1 Ex d [ia] IIC / AEx d [ia] IIC; DIP A21 T80C / AEx tD [iaD] 21 T80C ATEX/IECEx: Ex d[ia] IIC T6 Gb(Ga), Ex tb IIIC T80 C IP66 Db, Ta= -40 C to +55 C
Clamps Body material: 304 stainless steel Contact points: two, tungsten carbide Body length: 9″/235mm
Cable Hytrel coated spiral dual conductor cable, fitted with in-line quick-connects.
Monitored Resistance 10 ohms upper limit.
Status Indication Red / green LED indication.
Power Supply AC powered version: 110/120V or 220/240V AC 50-60 Hz DC powered version: 12V or 24V DC
Output Relay Contacts Two voltage free change-over switch contacts, 250VAC, 5A, 500VA max. resistive load
Monitor Weight 9.9 lbs / 4.5 Kg
Enclosure Materials Monitor: copper-free cast aluminum Clamp Stowage Point: carbon loaded GRP
Ingress Protection IP66 / NEMA 4X/7/9
Ambient Temperature -13°F to +122°F / -40°C to +55°C
Options Self retracting cable reel. Ask about additional flashing beacons/strobes and alarm sounders.
Earth-Rite PLUS Available Models
CSA for US & Canada: PLUSMUA1A3 Earth-Rite PLUS Static Grounding System, selectable 110/120 VAC or 220/240VAC, including heavy duty grounding clamp, 32 ft / 10m spiral cable and GRP clamp stowage point
CSA for US & Canada: PLUSMUD1A3 Earth-Rite PLUS Static Grounding System, 12/24 VDC, including heavy duty grounding clamp, 32 ft / 10m spiral cable and GRP clamp stowage point
ATEX & IECEx: PLUSMEA1A3 Earth-Rite PLUS Static Grounding System, ATEX IIC, selectable 110/120 VAC or 220/240VAC, including heavy duty grounding clamp, 10 m / 32 ft spiral cable and GRP clamp stowage point
ATEX & IECEx: PLUSMED1A3 Earth-Rite PLUS Static Grounding System, ATEX IIC, 12/24 VDC, including heavy duty grounding clamp, 10 m / 32 ft spiral cable and GRP clamp stowage point
Bond-Rite PLUS Cable Reel Options
US & Canada: VESM02 M02 Retractable Cable reel with 50 ft / 15m of 2 conductor Hytrel protected static grounding cable
IECEx/ATEX: VESM01 M01 Retractable Cable reel with 15m / 50 ft of 2 conductor Hytrel protected static grounding cable