Cogent has a wealth of experience in the area of Plant Safety within the Engineered Wood Products and Pellet Industry. At Cogent, we take a holistic yet integrated approach to Industrial Safety. We look at all aspects of prevention, protection, mitigation, and response in design to minimize impacts on life, property and the environment.
> Process Fire Protection
Handling wood fiber requires a comprehensive approach to sparks/fire detection, suppression, explosion protection and notification. These systems need to be properly specified and integrated to ensure equipment and fire protection systems work reliably and take automated action when required. Cogent offers extensive design experience, integrating systems to ensure clients receive a safe and reliable solution.
> Hazardous Locations
Environments where combustible dust is present, require area classification as part of any Fire Safety System design. Whether the standards are in North America or Europe, Cogent can assist clients with navigating standards, selecting the correct classifications, specifying requirements, and locating equipment to meet the standards within the plant environments.
> Fire Alarm System
It is critical to design systems that are properly integrated with all the other fire systems in a facility to efficiently address situational awareness during an event. In addition, designs need to accommodate local standards and address the correct monitoring, notification, and safe exiting in a timely manner. Working with Cogent, clients can ensure that their Fire Alarm System addresses the necessary standards and operational personnel safety needs.
> Electrical Safety
Not only do electrical systems in an industrial plant need to be designed and installed to safeguard employees from electrical shocks, mitigate fire risks and minimize risk to personnel safety working on electrical equipment. Cogent also provides the engineering services to design your electrical system to minimize and manage arc flash risks.
> Equipment Safety
With heightened demands for safe operations, Cogent places the highest priority on designing process safety into its projects. From the operator down to the device level, Cogent integrates safety into the design. Our clients benefit from the decreased incidence of safety issues, industrial accidents and safety device failures.
Cogent’s expertise in safety system design can help operations meet industry standard functional safety requirements on equipment. Our team will work closely with stakeholders to ensure compliance to safety performance levels such as ISO 13849 and IEC 61508.
> Building & Asset Protection
It is important to protect key assets in your Industrial Operation in order to reduce downtime as the result of an unexpected fire event. Long lead time equipment, that is critical to your operation, needs to be properly protected against damage. As part of a good Industrial Safety design, a comprehensive plant-wide approach to protecting high-risk areas such as thermal oil and hydraulic rooms with foam systems, effective compartmentalization of building and various monitoring systems needs to be in place. Cogent has the experience to work with clients to ensure these key assets are protected from fire.
> Safety System Design
Cogent’s expertise in safety system design can help operations meet industry standard functional safety requirements. Our team will work closely with stakeholders to ensure compliance to safety standards such as ISO 13849 and IEC 61508.
> Emergency Shutdown Systems
In the event of process upsets that are beyond operator control, automated systems are required to provide orderly shutdowns. Whether it is process safety, electrical safety or fire protection Cogent designs Emergency Shutdown Systems to reduce the potential risks to equipment and personnel.
> Alarm Rationalization
Today, we have too many alarms and too little alarm management. This presents significant risk to operations. Cogent offers services to provide an alarm rationalization program to benchmark current alarming systems and deliver a roadmap toward industry standards for alarm system improving operation safety and overall operator effectiveness.