Protection in potentially explosive environments: Measures and requirements

2024-04-09 Products, Wiki

Potentially explosive environments are working environments in which flammable gases, vapors, mists or dusts are present in quantities that can be mixed with air to form an explosive atmosphere. Such areas are typically found in industries such as chemicals, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, food production and mining. The risk of explosions in these areas requires special measures to protect people, equipment and the environment.


Characteristics of potentially explosive environments

The characteristics of potentially explosive environments lie in the potential risk of explosions. These can be triggered by the presence of ignition sources such as open flames, hot surfaces, sparks, electrostatic discharge or mechanical friction. In addition, uncontrolled chemical reactions or malfunctions in the processes can lead to explosive atmospheres.
Various measures are required to protect people, systems and the environment in potentially explosive atmospheres. This includes a thorough risk assessment to identify potential hazards, as well as limiting ignition sources through special protective measures such as explosion protection systems, valves and protective clothing. Employees must be properly trained to work safely in potentially explosive environments, and regular inspections and maintenance are crucial to ensure compliance.


Requirements in potentially explosive environments

The requirements for potentially explosive environments are extensive and include a thorough risk assessment, identifying sources of danger, limiting ignition sources, implementing protective measures and training employees. In addition, regular inspections, maintenance and documentation are required to ensure compliance with the regulations.


Requirements for electronic equipment

The requirements for electronic devices in potentially explosive environments are strict and specific. These products must be certified for explosion protection in accordance with the applicable standards. They must be robustly built to withstand the harsh conditions in potentially explosive environments and must not generate potential ignition sources such as sparks or hot surfaces.

In terms of directives and laws, there are a variety of regulations at national and international level that govern explosion protection and the use of devices in potentially explosive environments. These include the ATEX Directive in the European Union, the NEC codes in the USA, IECEx certification and other local regulations depending on location and industry. These framework conditions are crucial for compliance with standards and the prevention of accidents and damage.

Overall, potentially explosive environments require a thorough understanding of the potential hazards and the implementation of appropriate protective measures, technologies and products to ensure safety and minimize risks.


KRIWAN industry solutions for potentially explosive environments

Potentially explosive environments are ubiquitous in various industries and require specialized solutions to ensure both productivity and safety. At KRIWAN, we are aware of this challenge and therefore manufacture ATEX-certified products that combine maximum efficiency with maximum safety.

In environments where an explosive atmosphere could arise, strict safety standards are essential. Our products meet these standards and ensure reliable operation even under extreme conditions.

  • INT250 oil differential pressure sensor: This sensor consists of evaluation electronics and a screw-in part that is also suitable for protecting machines in potentially explosive environments. It ensures precise monitoring and early detection of deviations in oil pressure.

  • INT69 EXF2 motor protection relay for your pump: The thin pump protection relay is suitable for monitoring the temperature of pumps that are operated in hazardous areas. With its robust design and reliable functions, it offers effective protection against overheating and other operating problems.

  • Temperature sensors for system protection: Our temperature sensors are specially developed for use in potentially explosive environments. They offer precise temperature monitoring and thus contribute to the safety and efficiency of your systems.

  • INT69® diagnostics: This motor protection relay protects your systems from undesirable conditions such as excessive motor temperature or insufficient power supply. With its reliable performance and easy handling, it is the ideal solution for use in potentially explosive environments.

Our products are not only ATEX-certified, but also developed in accordance with the latest guidelines and standards to ensure the highest levels of safety and quality. We understand the importance of reliable solutions in potentially explosive environments and therefore rely on innovative technologies and high-quality materials to provide optimum protection for your operations.

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