The term “ATEX” comes from the French “atmosphere explosibles”; it is the name given to the framework for controlling explosive atmospheres and the standards of equipment and protective systems used in them…
If you use or supply hydraulic equipment that may be used in potentially explosive atmospheres or your workplace involves the use of flammable materials that could create a potentially explosive atmosphere, then ATEX applies to you.
Preventing releases of dangerous substances which can create explosive atmospheres, and preventing sources of ignition are two widely used ways of reducing the risk. Using the correct equipment obviously plays a really big part too.
The good news is that identifying and sourcing non-standard, specialist hydraulic products such as “Intrinsically Safe” or “ATEX” certified hydraulic equipment is all in a day’s work to the team here.
The Bosch Rexroth ATEX-rated cetop solenoid valve pictured here was supplied to a returning customer, a leading global independent service provider to the oil and gas industry. Some of the features of the ATEX-rated solenoid valve include a:
- Maximum operating pressure of 350 bar;
- Maximum flow of 1100L/min;
- Range of application in accordance with the explosion protection directive RL 94/9/EC II3G; II3D
- Solenoid EEx nA II T140 °C as per DIN EN50021 and IP 65 T140 °C as per DIN EN 50281