Hazardous Areas and the ATEX Directive
Hazardous areas are areas where flammable liquids, vapours, gases or combustible dusts are likely to occur in quantities sufficient to cause a fire or explosion. Such areas are also referred to as "Ex Locations", "Zoned Areas", "Explosive Atmospheres" and "ATEX Areas".
July 2003 all electrical equipment supplied for use in a hazardous area within the EU had to be certified to European ATEX Equipment Directive (94/9/EC). Consequently equipment that is certified for use in these areas is often called "ATEX Equipment" or, more generally, "Ex Equipment".
The 94/9/EC Directive will be replaced by the new ATEX Directive (2014/34/EU) on 16th
Everything Hazardous Areas
We specialise in the supply of equipment certified to ATEX and also to the equivalent harmonised international IECEx standards.
We have an extensive range of equipment from control panels, limit and pressure switches, terminal boxes and control stations to beacons, sounders and lighting covering all methods of protection Ex d (Flameproof), Ex e (Increased Safety), Ex i (Intrinsic Safety) and Ex p (Pressurised).
To suit all environments and applications, we have enclosures available in a variety of materials including GRP, carbon steel, aluminium and stainless steel, suitable for IIA, IIB and IIC gas groups, and also dust hazards. We have particular expertise in designing and building custom Ex d control panels, including all stages from design to drawing production through to delivery and commissioning.
With access to many leading manufacturers of equipment for hazardous areas; we can advise on, and source, the most cost-effective solution no matter what the requirements.
Even if your requirements are not mentioned above, or in the products page, please contact us and we shall endeavour to find a solution (we enjoy a challenge!)