Shastry V. Mallady
Developed three years ago at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College
MADURAI: Safety products developed three years ago with funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) exclusively to prevent accidents in fireworks industries in Sivakasi are yet to get necessary approvals.
Six important products like mixing chamber and filling chamber were developed under the Central Government’s Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) supported initiative at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College in Sivakasi that is designated as Centre of Relevance and Excellence in the field of industrial safety.
“Mixing of powder is an important activity in fireworks and match units. We developed a mixing chamber that reduces the chances of explosion and thereby avert fire accidents,” P. Nagaraj, Professor and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, told ‘The Hindu’ on Wednesday.
The products developed under TIFAC-CORE programme were sent to the Explosives Department for approval so that they could be deployed for industrial use.
A few other Sivakasi-focused products that are awaiting nod include drying platform, fuse cutting knives and fireworks waste disposal model.
According to S. Balakrishnan, Principal, trials were carried out in the fireworks units at Sivakasi after which they were sent for approval. The institution was asked to focus on issues related to safety engineering and the first phase of assistance was carried out for cracker, fireworks and match units, he said.
Even as the developed products are yet to be put into commercial use, the college has been sanctioned Rs.3 crore under the second phase to be used to develop a safety mechanism for other industries including cement, steel, gas handling plants, textiles and rubber.