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EXPLOSION PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

WORK WITH CONFIDENCE

Explosion protection equipment aims to prevent ignition from dangerous substances within
various manufacturing environments. Explosion-proof products should be able to withstand an
internal eruption and must be certified to international regional standards.

Industries such as oil and gas, marine, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, mining and food processing
commonly require equipment explosive environment testing and certification. Historically, the
market has been driven by the oil and gas industry – but with the evolution of automation and
new manufacturing techniques, it is expected to grow rapidly over the next 3-5 years.

Electrical products that require explosive protection include cable glands, junction boxes and
enclosures, signalling devices, switchgear, HVAC, conduits, flexible couplings and unions; while
systems include lifting and material handling, lighting, automation and surveillance and
monitoring.

OUR APPROACH TO EXPLOSION PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TESTING

Bureau Veritas is recognised by the European Commission as a notified body (identification
number 0081) for all modules of the ATEX testing directive, and as such may examine electrical
and mechanical equipment, protective systems, components, safety devices, controlling devices
and regulating devices.

We are also approved by the French accreditation committee COFRAC’s Laboratory Section (test
sector), for tests on equipment to be used in potentially explosive environments and atmospheres.
These include (but are not limited to):

  • Skids and assemblies
  • Control and safety devices
  • Rotating machines
  • Transformers
  • Telecommunications Detection, measurement, analysis
  • Control and signalling
  • Electrical connections
  • Heating

We can also provide support with regard to IECEX testing, ATEX certification, IECEX certification
and explosion protective equipment certification.

Bureau Veritas CPS in France has developed ways to meet the very specific requirements of explosion proof testing, required under standards DO 160 and/or MIL STD 810.

Key factors include the quality of the mixture, verification procedure of the mixture, testing
temperature and altitude.

The tests are conducted in a secure bunker, with a remote control station secured by glass and
adapted raceways.

The global explosion protection market is expected to be driven by developments such as increased demand for integration of products and systems, use of LED lighting, investments in new and emerging markets, the rise of automation, growth in industrial segments and stringent government regulations.

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