September 16, 2010

Elektra Espresso Machine Explodes at Sainsbury

The Sainsbury chain of stores is shutting down all of its Elektra espresso machines after one blew up in its store this week. The apparent pipe rupture caused the machine to explode sending several people to the hospital; later to be discharged. The picture on the linked page at the BBC shows the machine after the explosion.

While the boilers are only a liter or two, the resulting pressure build-up and force can be significant when something goes wrong. While these are complex machines, a simple over pressure valve failure can allow the machine to over-pressurize and find the weakest part, often with dangerous consequences.

Elektra, maker of the machine says that in in their 50+ years in business they have never been involved in an accident.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 16, 2010 8:36 AM
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