The Manufacture and Storage of Lead Azide by a Computer Integrated System
ISRAEL MILITARY INDUSTRIES TEL AVIV
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This paper describes a new approach to the production and storage of Lead Azide, by the use of a fully automatic computerized system. The severe safety requirements necessary for handling this highly sensitive material necessitated the use of unconventional techniques for sensing and handling devices, including robots. In this pilot plant, the existing concept of batch work and small masses of material in process was retained. All production parameters, including lot details and storage data are automatically controlled and recorded by the system. One of the main goals achieved was the fact that no operator need come near the material during the process or during storage or withdrawal. This concept has led to a very safe system for the production of Lead Azide as well as achieving good control and recording of parameters during production.
- Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Processing
- Safety Engineering
- Ammunition and Explosives