ATEX EX approved equipment
What is ATEX equipment?
ATEX equipment is a type of equipment designed and certified to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres. ATEX stands for "Atmosphères Explosibles" and is a collection of EU directives that set the requirements for equipment to be used in these hazardous areas.
ATEX equipment is divided into two categories:
Category 1 equipment is designed to be used in areas where explosive atmospheres are expected to be present for long periods or continuously.
Category 2 equipment is designed to be used in areas where explosive atmospheres are expected to be present for short periods or infrequently.
ATEX equipment must meet strict requirements for safety and performance, including high quality in design, manufacturing and testing. Certified ATEX equipment has a marking indicating the category and can only be sold if it complies with the relevant ATEX directives. ATEX equipment is used in many industries, including oil and gas, chemicals, mining and food production, where there is the potential for hazardous gas or dust conditions.
The ATEX marking is an updated version of EX
The ATEX marking must be on equipment manufactured after 2003 that must be placed in an atmosphere where there is a risk of explosion. Previously, the approval was called EX, but changed its name to ATEX in 2016.
At the same time that manufacturers and importers must meet the requirements to be able to mark equipment with an ATEX approval, only qualified persons are also allowed to repair EX equipment and installations. The qualified repairer must have knowledge within and knowledge of the following areas:
- Protection methods
- Area classification
- Installation practices
Repairs must be carried out according to the manufacturer's instructions. If they are not followed, one cannot be sure that the ATEX certificate is valid. It is the manufacturer's obligation that equipment and safety systems are accompanied by a user manual, which also contains guidance on safe maintenance and repair.
ATEX zones and corresponding equipment certifications
Here is a brief overview of ATEX zones and the certification required for equipment to be used in the zones. You can see a more detailed description of the zones at the Emergency Management Agency.
Zone 0 (gas) - equipment category 1, G
Zone 20 (dust) - equipment category 1, D
Zone 1 (gas) - equipment category 1 or 2, G
Zone 21 (dust) - equipment category 1 or 2, D
Zone 2 (gas) - equipment category 1, 2 or 3, G
Zone 22 (dust) - equipment category 1, 2 or 3, D
ATEX-approved camera equipment
There are ATEX-approved cameras for many functions and areas. Explosion-proof cameras can be used in extreme situations and areas such as the oil industry, chemical industry, mining, military industry, medical industry, oil depots, on ships, drilling platforms, gas stations, fireworks productions, food processing and storage, offshore projects, etc.
ATEX camera from IBAK
At C-TV, we have chosen IBAK as a supplier of certified cameras for TV inspection of sewers. IBAK is the leading manufacturer and supplier of sewage inspection systems. The ATEX cameras from IBAK are classified as II 2G according to annex IX as equipment group II for surface industry, equipment category 2 for use in zone 1 for Gas with a temperature of up to +40 grd. C. The equipment is both user-friendly and resistant to weather and difficult conditions.
OBS: THE EQUIPMENT MUST BE ORDERED WITH ATEX APPROVAL WHEN PURCHASED.
Further information on ATEX approved inspection equipment
If you have inquiries about products, questions about specific functions of some of the equipment you can find on the site, or perhaps need further explanation of what an ATEX approval is, you are always welcome to contact us. You can call us on telephone number +45 2060 3018, email us at email@example.com or visit our head office at Porsvej 9 in 9000 Aalborg, Denmark.