Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Product Launch - Next generation of Earth-Rite

The next generation of Earth-Rite static earthing systems.

Newson Gale is pleased to announce the release of the next generation of Earth-Rite static earthing systems. This next generation incorporates newly developed ground monitoring electronics and a new operator interface situated in a modern and robust universally approved IIC explosion proof enclosure.

The launch of this new technology will begin with the Earth-Rite RTR, Newson Gale's market leading Road Tanker static earthing system and the Earth-Rite PLUS, which is a general purpose static earthing system for conductive metal plant equipment.

To learn more about the new system features and other static control products that will protect your assets and personnel from the risk of static hazards and static electricity please visit our website or

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Static Grounding and Grounding and Bonding

From the Newson Gale Knowledge Center:

Definition of Grounding and Bonding and Static Grounding

1. What is Grounding and Bonding

Grounding & Bonding is a combination of Grounding and Bonding techniques. Bonding is the process of connecting two or more conductive objects together by means of a conductor so that they are at the same electrical potential, but not necessarily at the same potential as the earth. On the other hand, Grounding describes the process of bonding one or more conductive objects to the ground, so that all objects are at zero (0) electrical potential.

2. What is Static Grounding

Static Grounding is the process of bonding one or more conductive objects to the ground, so that all objects are at zero (0) electrical potential, to prevent static build up. In order to secure hazardous areas Static Grounding Systems use explosion protection and intrinsically safe techniques to monitor acceptable resistance to ground and provide verification and interlocks.

Monday, August 10, 2009

What is Static Electricity?

Static electricity refers to the build-up of electric charge on the surface of objects. The static charges remain on an object until they either bleed off to ground or are quickly neutralised by a discharge. Although charge exchange can happen whenever any two surfaces come into contact and separate, a static charge will only remain when at least one of the surfaces has a high resistance to electrical flow (an electrical insulator). The effects of static electricity are familiar to most people because we can see, feel and even hear the spark as the excess charge is neutralised when brought close to a large electrical conductor (for example a path to ground), or a region with an excess charge of the opposite polarity. The familiar phenomenon of static 'shock' is caused by the neutralisation of charge.

Static build-up in flowing flammable and ignitable materials

Discharge of static electricity can create severe hazards in those industries dealing with flammable substances, where a small electrical spark may ignite explosive mixtures.
The flowing movement of finely powdered substances or low conductivity fluids in pipes or through mechanical agitation can build up static electricity. Dust clouds of finely powdered substances can become combustible or explosive. When there is static discharge in a dust or vapour cloud, explosions have occurred.

Newson Gale – Anti Static Electricity Solutions

Newson Gale’s solutions are divided into three flexible product categories that are specified for customers depending on the level of safety required to protect people and plant assets from the flammable and explosive hazard.
1. Earth Rite: Wherever there is a real danger of conductive plant equipment and materials accumulating static charge within flammable and combustible atmospheres, Newson Gale's range of Earth-Rite Static Earth Monitoring & Interlock Systems provide added operational safety for critical hazardous area processing and handling operations.
2. Bond Rite: For applications where control switches or PLCs are not available for output contacts, the Bond-Rite range is the best solution for maximising the safety of processes generating static in hazardous areas.
3. Cen Stat: The Cen-Stat range of clamps, cables and reels are single circuit applications that rely on high strength mechanical circuits to dissipate static electricity from potentially charged equipment.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Newson Gale website now live!

For over 25 years, Newson Gale has been leading the way in hazardous area static control, serving industries where processes generating static electricity have the potential to ignite flammable or combustible atmospheres.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

About Newson Gale

Newson Gale was founded in 1988 to represent Alloy Products Corp in the UK and the company’s experience and expertise in electrostatic grounding for hazardous areas grew with the acquisition in 1990 of ‘Cenelectrex’ - a company supplying road tanker earthing systems to UK oil majors and chemical companies.

With experienced representatives in many areas of the world, Newson Gale pools it’s application knowledge to engineer high reliability products to suit many standard as well as ‘special’ applications. In 2005 the company achieved the prestigious ‘Queen's Award for Enterprise’ for increasing overseas sales of Cenelectrex® static grounding equipment by 70% in just three years.

Also in 2005 Newson Gale established a US subsidiary, Newson Gale Inc, based in New Jersey, to give North American distributors and customers, sales, marketing and technical support with ‘off the shelf’ delivery from a US inventory.

Today, Newson Gale's anti static electricity products fall into 3 ranges:

- Earth-Rite Static Grounding Indicating & interlock Systems
- Bond-Rite Self Testing Clamps and Static Bond Indicating Systems
- Cen-Stat Static Grounding & Bonding Clamps

On top of this are a range of Test Instruments, Grounding Paddles, Publications, Training Packages and Programs.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Bond-Rite intrinsically safe self-testing static grounding clamp

One of Newson Gale's most popular products and well-known products is the Bond Rite self-testing static grounding clamp.

The 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 visual verification of this condition back to the operator.

In many branches of the process industries, 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 even airborne dusts. In situations, where this risk exists, static grounding (earthing) and bonding clamps are required wherever mobile or portable conductive plant items (such as drums and vessels etc) are used. In these applications, it is necessary for the clamp to make a low resistance contact with the object, to enable any static to be safely dissipated to ground (earth) via a suitable conductor before the energy available for discharge builds up to dangerous levels.

To find out more about the Bond Rite system, contact Newson Gale directly.