GEDA USA’s explosion-proof rack & pinion elevators are designed for safe, rugged operation in refinery maintenance operations, shutdowns, and turnarounds. Engineered with explosion-proof protection components, our elevators combine safety with high performance in hazardous areas.
Refinery turnarounds are planned shutdowns for maintenance, equipment upgrades, or renovations. They can last from a few weeks to several months, depending on the extent of the work required. Turnarounds are complex operations requiring significant planning, coordination of work efforts and staffing, and efficient and reliable movement of materials and work crews. Depending on the size of the refinery and whether the operation is partially or fully shut down, the cost of the turnaround can be $1 million or more a day.
Refinery operations are inherently hazardous, as oil and gas products, waste, and exhaust streams are highly flammable and explosive. During turnarounds and maintenance operations, work is performed in hazardous conditions, requiring equipment engineered to maximize safety and minimize the danger of fire and explosions. Elevators, man lifts, and hoists must be equipped with special explosion-proof protection on all electrical and mechanical components to avoid the risk of sparks that could cause an explosion in a hazardous area classification.
GEDA USA’s line of explosion-proof elevators, man lifts, and hoists are engineered to meet the heavy duty lifting requirements for refinery operations and provide full safety features and explosion proof protection components designed to minimize the threat of explosions and to provide dependable and safe vertical access. GEDA Construction and Personnel Elevators also provide a secondary means of emergency egress and evacuation of staff and injured personnel. They are designed to provide reliable, rugged performance in harsh and corrosive outdoor and processing environments.
Hazardous location classifications for elevator applications are defined by the Class and Group designation, which specifies if the exposure is gaseous or combustible dust, and the Division, which specifies if the hazard is always present or exists only when a problem occurs.
Our construction and personnel hoists, man lifts, and elevators are a high-performance option for refineries, and petrochemical plants that include:
- Distillation towers
- Exhaust flumes
Our comprehensive elevator line is available in a variety of platform dimensions, with capacities up to 25,000 lbs. and lifting speeds up to 300 ft./min.
Refinery Industry Standards
All GEDA lifts and hoists are manufactured to comply with industry standards, and our explosion-proof elevators meet NEC, ANSI/NFPA 70 regulations for use in hazardous industrial environments, and ATEX 94/9/EC Equipment Directives. All GEDA rack and pinion industrial elevators and hoists can be certified to meet ANSI A17.1 and EN-81. GEDA is also DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 compliant and is a proud member of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA).
For over 80 years, GEDA has been a leading manufacturer of innovative, superior-quality vertical transportation equipment. GEDA has earned a worldwide reputation for manufacturing high quality, rugged rack and pinion hoists and elevators that are among the safest and most reliable in the industry. Headquartered in Germany, GEDA's product line includes material and personnel hoists and elevators of all capacities, from small rope hoists to large construction elevators.
GEDA USA Elevator and Material Lift Company is the US subsidiary of GEDA. Our experienced team of management professionals, engineers, technicians and quality control specialists are experts in the industry and committed to the highest level of client satisfaction.
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