About the ATEX Directive, the risks of potentially explosive atmospheres, and what you can do about it.
This white paper is designed to help you understand what the ATEX Directive and why it's necessary to use certified equipment in hazardous areas.
So, what is the ATEX Directive?
the background of the ATEX Directive
a summary of the ATEX Directive's impact on industrial locations
The context of explosive atmospheres
Defining an explosion
The effects of oxygen enhancement, temperature, and pressure
the history of explosion protection
Definitions and codes surrounding areas with explosive atmospheres
defining a hazardous area
examples of explosive mixtures
Commonly recognised protection concepts
the flameproof, or Ex d, concept
the intrinsic safety, or Ex ia and ib, concept
the pressurisation, or Ex p, concept
the increased safety, or Ex e, concept
the non-sparking, or Ex n, concept
the oil immersion, or Ex o, concept
the powder/sand filling, or Ex q, concept
the encapsulation, or Ex m, concept
Electrical equipment marking
example of certification coding
hazardous area certificate numbering
use of the hexagon Ex symbol
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