What is ATEX and IECEx Certification?

Apr 05, 2017

What is ATEX? ATEX stands for Atmosphere EXplosibles. It is a legal framework that businesses must follow in order to protect employees and property from explosion risk in areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere. Furthermore, ATEX is the term used for European Union’s Directive 94/9/EC which concerns equipment & protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. The purpose of the directive is to facilitate trade by har... Read More

What is Electrical Heat Tracing (Raychem)?

Feb 08, 2017

Electrical Heat Tracing is an engineered system designed to maintain or protect process piping, equipment, vessels and instruments at defined temperatures and within specified design criteria. Electric cables are used to trace heating and to maintain temperature of non-flowing fluids by replacing the heat lost through thermal insulation on pipes, vessels and associated equipment. There are two principles of Heat Tracing, Electrical and Heat Transfer... Read More

What is Explosion Proof (Ex-Proof)?

Jan 11, 2017

The concept of explosion proof doesn’t mean that it can prevent or withstand an external explosion. It simply will contain any explosion originating within the housing and prevent sparks within the housing from igniting vapors, gases, dust or fibers in the air surrounding it. There are two directives when dealing with ex-proof equipment – the ATEX and the IECEX. Further explanation for these certificates can be found from another blog entry... Read More